That's what my book-reading friends told me, which is when my view on the ending started to change. Seeing all three films together really is a joy to behold.
Agreed. And I've also changed my view on Fellowship recently - it used to be my least favourite by far, but I now realise that it has so, so much going for it and my 11-year old self was wrong to think the one with the least battles was bad. It's absolutely wonderful.
Though Return of the King is even better.