The plot was awesome. It's amazing that many of the elements of stories by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, etc. are VERY similar to the events in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien is THE writer to follow if you're into reading fantasy literature.
Funny I read so many fantasy literature, but didn't read LOTR.
In LOTR, the Dwarves were beer-loving miners who lived in the mountains, the Elves were long-living, fair-skinned, excellent archers, and the wazards had a sort of tower as their "school." This concept is very similar to the concept created by Weis and Hickman for their Dragonlance series. I was a big fan of this, but LOTR is the original! Tolkien's heirs should sue TSR for copying off J.R.R.!