I I had a great night watching The Hobbit with C and some friends. I hardly remember anything from LOTR since I have never re-watched it since the first time it was screened in cinemas, and never read the books either. I enjoyed The Hobbit more compared to my experience of fear while watching LOTR. I should have watched The Hobbit then, when I was younger, because most of what I remember of LOTR involved feeling scared in the theater, terrified as I anticipate the next Orc battle or disgusting-looking enemy, and then the gruesome deaths that seem to follow after.
But my memories are rather faded, save for the fact that LOTR for my younger self seemed like half a horror.