Where to even begin with this? Tolkien might be my favourite author of all time. Few books have made me so emotional, even after reading them several times each beat is no less powerful for it. The whole world has a quality of scale and age that I don't think any story did before, and I don't think any story has really done to the same degree since. He has such a wonderful way of just immediately putting you there, in Middle-Earth, walking under starlit forests with the elves or listening to the bustle of Shire life or the empty horror of Khazad-Dum. I love this series to no end.