You also neglect the fact that, although you may not have appreciated Tolkien's writing style, it was specially constructed to resemble the Saxon chronicle authorial style, and emulates it very successfully (even more so in The Silmarillion). You also criminally overgeneralise the characters, most of whom are wonderfully developed. You call Frodo a "merry hobbit." Now he's hardly merry whilst on the plains of Gorgoroth or in Minas Morgul, is he? His character is subtly, but powerfully altered as the ring begins to have a greater and greater effect upon him. Theoden is another wonderful personality, the contrasts between desire for glory and a desperate nihilism as he sees himself the last of his line, the wish to defeat Saruman combined with worries for the safety of his people, pride and anguish in perfect balance. Yep, I'm a Tolkien fan!