This is not really a review, but a few notes on what I remember thinking of the novel. I know I read this because I hadn't read any Tolkien before and the film was coming out. I held my expectations very high and maybe that's why it disappointed me.
It was okay, but nothing really special. I mean, the world, the creatures, all of that I liked, but the characters felt flat to me. I did enjoy some scenes (Gollum is always awesome, love him) and the songs were great. As a child, I would have liked it a lot more.