I discovered PT the day after the theatrical cut of TTT was released. Feeling utterly disappointed with the TC of TTT, I just had to find out what others were saying about the film, so my wife actually did a search at work for Tolkien related web sites, and sent me an email with some links to various sites. I think PT was the first site I checked out on the list, and I promptly submitted my first review of TTT.
I had never been involved with any kind of “discussion board”, or any Internet chat rooms ever before, so it was definitely a new experience for me then. I remember replying to Rednell’s welcome message, and saying something like “well I’ve never been much of a poster”, and here I am a little over a year later pushing up to 800 posts!
Also, I started reading The Silmarillion for the first time right around the time I first came to PT, and that was right when PT had started the reading/discussion group for the Sil. that was being led by Val, and that’s how I really got hooked!
"I would have the Ring-bearer bring the crown to me, and let Mithrandir set it upon my head, if he will; for he has been the mover of all that has been accomplished, and this is his victory." Elessar