I just started reading "The Hobbit". I'd read at least two of the Tolkien "Ring" books as a kid, but have long since forgotten the details.
Everyone calls the "Ring" books a triology, but the liner notes say they were actually 6 books, plus appendices.
"The Hobbit" was written in 1937, long before the "Ring" books came along in the mid-Fifties. So, the story begins with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf and a buncha dwarves setting off on their adventure. Bilbo ain't a happy camper, necessarily, but the story is new and it's fresh, at least to my eyes. Should be a fun read.