I first read Lord of the Rings in high school. I think it was in 11th grade. The scene with the Barrow-wights was especially well-done. It had a certain poignancy to it.I remember reading of Gandalf’s fall in Moria and a friend on the football team said, “Yeah, Gandalf died. Aragorn is the hero now.” Don’t laugh.
I remember being especially moved by Gandalf’s fight with the Balrog.