Sean Astin : "So, this is my daughter Ali, who played Eleanor in The Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King. Christine & I loved taking her to the Hobbit Premiere to visit with old friends. I don't feel old, just proud.and old :) " I love Sean Astin!
I actually would throw The Hobbit book at them and tell them they better read this. THEN, I would throw all THREE LotR books at them, make them read those, and OBVIOUSLY they will love it by then and we can watch the movies together.