I can understand why they made LotR movies first - it had more pull. The Hobbit was a prequel to LotR and was written like a fairytale for kids. So it was a quite simple and enjoyable to read. I guess they are going SW route with it (create epic films with lots of action first and then release prequel if it was a success).
I will definitely go see all three movies and I expect them to be just as great as LotR trilogy (judging by trailers they will be).
Originally Posted by TheXand
The Lord of the Rings books were pretty badly written. Tolkien had a tendency to have his characters go off on boring, unconvincing monologues about generations of hobbit genealogy and various muddy fields. Excellent source material for game worlds though.
That's not badly written, just not written to your liking.