Hmmm. I must admit that my first memory of fantasy is seeing the Animated version of The Hobbit. As lacking as it may be, it will always have a fond place in my heart.
After that, Star Wars 4, 5 & 6 were a big influence. I didn't read a lot as a kid but saw a lot of films. The Dark Crystal, Excalibur, Labyrinth, Legend, The Last Unicorn, The Flight of Dragons, The Princess Bride and Errol Flynn's Robin Hood all infulenced my youthful appeals. I recently developed a keen love of Babylon 5.
Oh, yeah... I did read one thing as a kid and still do... Mythology. I love it! All kinds. I started with Greek myth and the stories of King Arthur, went into Norse, then Egyptian, Celtic, Native American, Finnish and smatterings of others. Joseph Campell became a big influence. I think that's why LOTR appeals so to me. It has awesome and finely crafted mythic elements. :D
Later, I started to read a lot more and I found a Keen interest in Role Playing Games: D&D, Call of Cthulhu, ShadowRun (Which it great Sci-Fantasy). I didn't actually read LOTR til I was 21 or so. But I have made up for it since then. LOTR is my most favorite. Before that there was Zelazny's Chonicles of Amber (Awesome stuff in it, too), HP Lovecraft, Frank Herbert's Dune and stuff by Heinlein. Robert Jordan came after LOTR but it's pretty good... if it ever gets to the end. :sad: Some of the Star Wars books are good reads particularly by Zahn and Anderson. As are some the Shadowrun novels particularly by Stackpole, Koke, and Findley.
Glor... fin... el? Darn... Well, I can accept my flaw with spell check, now... But whacking orcs still makes me feel good! BAM! BAM! BAMBAMBAM!!! Yeah... Take that, Orc-face.