Long time (but young) Lord of the Rings fan. I actually read the Lord of the Rings before The Hobbit but found both enjoyable reads.
I love the films as well. I'm definitely a ringnut geek as I have all the extended editions and believe me, I've watched them extensively.
In terms of fantasy and films I also love the Narnia Chronicles and had them to read to me at a very young age.
I've read these forums a bit already. I was particularly interested in the arguments for religious presence in the books and Tolkien's dislike of allegorical claims in his story. I'm personally a Christian and have actually read "Finding God in Lord of the Rings" although I'd argue that it's a book that contains Christian themes or elements that Christians can pick out rather than it being allegorical.
Gandalfs Beard, Beren, Show, Barrel the pony (if that's right?) and a few others look like very interesting debaters.
I look forward to chatting with you all!