Originally Posted by K R Y
LOTR books are awesome, same as the movies. Definitely recommend. The movies have the biggest 'epic' feel to any movie series out there. So so good.
Silmarillion is written very, very differently than Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (which are both also written very differently to each other with Hobbit being aimed at children) and is known for being an extremely tough read even amongst Tolkien fans.
I have the Silmarillion resting right next to my pillow. It's definitely a tough read and I haven't finished it so far but there are so many gems, so many little stories in there that make it worthwhile. If there was any other book to compare it to it would be the Bible.
edit: Hit and MC, that's worse than never having seen the first three Star Wars movies. Go rent the extended version of LotR, lock yourselves in a room and enjoy 12 hours of epicness.