Im a fan of Tolkein and watched Peter Jacksons trilogy of “Lord of the Rings”. Great effort and liked what he did, a differcult task.
Personally I believe he should have began with , “The Hobbit” but I also watched this series as well and it was well worth a watch.
However, people either love or hate Tolkein. I do believe it always helps to start at the beginning of the tale and then it will make more sense. Start with the Hobbit and then it will reveal itself as you read the story. Start half way and then nothing makes sense.
I did the drawing as a study.