You'll love them! The Hobbit is a great, fun read...pretty much a children's story, but has enough great content to make it enjoyable for any age. The Silmarillion can be a bit dry (lots of description and narration, barely any dialogue) - it's a 'big picture' book. It doesn't go too much into detail on any one character and their interactions with the other characters, but rather it focuses more on how they impact the world at large. Not that there isn't any character development, but you don't really get those small conversations and little moments like you do in The Hobbit or LOTR. But it's an amazing story, basically a history book of the most incredible world ever to exist. The storylines are epic, the battles and heroism give you shivers at times, Tolkien is so good at describing the glory of elvish lords and warriors of men and dwarves.