Howdy Caudimordax, welcome to PT, and enjoy. You have my sympathies for being scarred by Peter Jackson; proposed soloution: read the books 'til you know them better than your own phone number. And hang out here. My feelings on the movie are covered in my intro, more or less.
Calling Tolkien the best author in the world covers a lot of ground, but it's hard to argue with Rivendell. Robert Jordans Wheel of Time is pretty good though, even if he gets a little verbose in 7-10. Poor guy set a standard he couldn't maintain.
Well have fun and again, welcome. Be seeing you.