When the LOTR movies came out I went and saw it with family friends and me and the other children (at the time) were all "dibs-ing" which character was ours. We used the age rule with whomever was oldest got first choice. Alli, the oldest, got Aragorn. I, the second oldest, got Legolas. Sarah, the yongest, was stuck with Gimli. She groaned and complained but we didn't back down or share our mentally dibsed characters. But she took her choice with pride and we made it a silly little game that lasts well into today.
Well, after seeing The Hobbit with my boyfriend, we were leaving the theater and I turned to him and said, "I never thought I would ever honestly say this: Damn, those dwarves were hot! Especially Thorin! Not to mention Fili and Kili!" I feel they did it on purpose to try and get the same following of women who like LOTR just for the eye candy.
Myself being a fan of the books and animated films originally went to see the movie because The Hobbit has ALWAYS been my favorite story. Not to mention the Dwaf's song... OMG that bass... I had goose bumps 5 or 6 times that whole song. So amazing...
LoTR came out during middle school for me (11-14 year olds) and all of my LoTR friends were Legolas and Aarogon fangirls. I simply love the movie for all that the movie is. But I wanted to fit in, I wanted to fangirl over a character just like my friends were. So I sat down and looked at each character. I decided that Frodo was the best looking for me. To this day, I think that Frodo is incredibly attractive. I swooned when I got to see him again at the beginning of The Hobbit.
To this day I don't know why my friend didn't go for Frodo. She just stuck with Gimli. xD
I think I was around that age when they came out too.
I always watched the cartoons of the films a lot when I was young too. They were my mom's VHS's, but I watched them more. xD
I could never really get into the cartoons for some reason. It didn't appeal to me and I felt awkward watching it. It's been almost a decade, maybe I should give it another try. Btw, I'm currently I'm 20 and about to turn 21 in two months.
I'm currently 22, almost 23.
But yes, you should try re-watching them! They are weird in the sense that some of the scenes are like cartoons traced over live action shots... But really that's the only thing that bugs me. Haha