Thank you 😁
well I started with LOTR without knowing there was the Hobbit or anything about Tolkien and while slightly confused (what are these trolls you’re talking about Samwise and why is this Bilbo guy connected to everything???) not having read the Hobbit first didn’t really ruin anything (except well, almost the entire Hobbit book?)
so long story short I’d start with The Hobbit, then LOTR. and if you can then handle any more soul crushing delivered by our favorite Englishman, read the rest of his works (except Children of Hurin, for the love of god you will want to destroy everything you love).
does gandalf have a house or is he that guy in middle earth that just shows up with bad news and to sleep on your couch?