Are ‘The Hobbit' and ‘The Lord of the Rings' worth it?
Yes, and in that order. If kiddy stories do not appeal, read the Hobbit anyway. The Hobbit should only take a few night's, at most a week. Then. Then you can start on the real journey. Read the Lord of the Rings and you will see The Hobbit 2 transform in front of your nose into what was really bursting to get out of his head onto a manuscript page that would be guaranteed to be published... within about 3 chapters plus the prologue. Skip the prologue and read it later if it bores you. Just start. If you like reading alone till late at night in bed or next to cosy fires, with trees scraping outside, eating crumpets or toast and hot cocoa, then do so. You will never regret it. The Lord of the Rings is like an onion. Skim read it first time around and skip bits if you get bored with them. Just keep going. Take it outside into a park under a tree and read there too. Then after you finish, go back and read the bits you missed. There are six books in the whole story, about 10 or 12 chapters each. You will have a new found appreciation and maybe want to reread even more. Some descriptive scenes are completely immersive once you have got the main story and are definitely worth going back to.