I find it hard to say I prefer one or the other really because you are comparing two mediums. At certain times I prefer watching films to reading, at other times I prefer reading. After the Silmarillion, I think LotR is the best book I have ever read. I also think FotR is my favourite film. Tolkien wrote incredible detail into his work and created a masterpiece of literature. Although certain individuals will disagree, I also feel PJ created a masterpiece in his own media. He may have diverged from the Tolkien story somewhat, but I still really like what I see on the screen.
Well said Val, and as usual, I couldn't agree more. The Silmarillion
is my favorite book, and then LOTR. I would have to say that for me personally, those are without a doubt the best two books I’ve ever read. Funny enough, my favorite film of all-time has become the SEE DVD edition of FOTR. I also feel (my gripes and nitpicking aside) that overall; PJ has done an outstanding job of bringing LOTR to the big screen. Obviously the books are by far superior, but if nothing else PJ does deserve credit for having the guts to attempt something that was darn near impossible.
As Val mentioned, films and books are two different mediums. In order to be able to fully appreciate one or the other, one must have the ability to separate, and distinguish the working differences between the two.
"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