This shouldn't surprise me, since I really had no grounds for expecting anything else, but nevertheless I'm very surprised to discover from this recording of a J.R.R. Tolkien interview that he sounded exactly like Alastair Sim in A Christmas Carol. I half expected Tolkien to suddenly inform his interviewer that "There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!"
I love Lord of the Rings. Love it. But many better writers have expressed themselves on the subject, so I'll spare you my panegyric. :)