Yep. The Silmarillian sets it all up but in amazing detail. It outlines the Gods that created the world with music. Then those who chose to go into the world that became the Valar (worldly gods). It is kinda like a Bible. Morgoth fell out of favour due to greed and created the underworld of Balrogs. Shelob is another of these and of course Sauron is his right hand man. How the Elves were created with their "Doom" immortality. The creation later of the dwarves (by a Valar out of the rocks, or something) and men. Tens of thousands of years worth of history.
And Tom Bambadill sits sort of outside of all that and recalls the creation of Middle Earth. A delightful character full of joy.
We all have our likes and dislikes. I thought the relay of the signal fire of Gondor was one of the great scenes of the film.
Being a woman, I liked Galadriel, the Elf Queen, and Arwen, daughter of the elf lord Elrond, women after my own heart! . When Arwen made the river rise and drowned Sauron's followers who were chasing Froto; and when Galadriel tested Froto by having him use the bowl of water to see the future by scrying, were two of the best scenes in the movie, IMO, and there were many. It's been a while since I saw the movies, so I guess I should rewatch them again soon!
Um. It's based on a novel, set in a fantasy world called middle earth, in which there were no black people? Having read the books quite a few years ago, maybe my memory is rusty...but I can't recall mention of a single black person.
In the original draft, there was a 10th member of the fellowship named Shaquille.