Lord Of The Rings helped bridge the gap that I'd invented between us. He took me to see the movies when they came out, and the only other time that I'd seen my dad so happy while watching a movie was during that scene in Once Upon A Time In The West in which Charles Bronson gets his revenge and kills THE SHIT out of Henry Fonda. Now my wife and I watch the extended editions every Christmas, and listen to the scores instead of holiday music. So I think it goes without saying that I adore the books and the movies.
That said, I think a Lord Of The Rings TV series, which we might be getting, is pretty bad idea.
I think this partly because I fear "It would work as a TV series" reasoning. There are a ton of massive, epic franchises, like Harry Potter, which I see people arguing "would be better as TV shows." However, those people are usually the first to cry foul whenever something is misplaced or removed or rearranged in a book-to-film translation. They forget that TV shows and movies have very different plot structures than books.
For instance, if a TV series has eight episodes, that means it requires eight different climaxes. Sure, the preceding seven climaxes probably won't be as big as the eighth one, but good episodes and movies usually build to something. So now you're caught trying to figure out how to pace your TV adaptation so that you get seven neat little climaxes and one big one at the end. This requires some rearranging and often some replacing, which defeats the purpose of a TV show in the first place, because the whole point would be to provide a more accurate representation of the novel than what the movies gave us.