I have no clue about the plot. I know there's Gandalf and Frodo and Legolas... and they're fighting over some magical rings... and Gandalf has to fight a Balrog and comes back in white... Sauron is evil... That's all I got. So, should I spoil it with the movie(and I really would like to see those movies), or should I read the books first? I watched the Jurassic Park movies before the books and I certainly enjoyed the books. I see a lot of differences between the books and movies of that franchise, yet I recognize them as two distinct interpretations and that the movies aren't bad just for going in a different direction. I read the Harry Potter books before the movies and didn't enjoy the movies as much. I kept criticizing the movies, simply for being different from the books. Again, NO SPOILERS!