This is a really well-written book. You've probably ready 2 billion reviews about it, not to mention having read it yourself, but I read it for the first time. Bear with me.
First, only remember Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins. The dwarves are mysteriosly numerous - there's like, 14, no lie. Also, it takes a LOT of determination to finish. But, it's still a good book, and you're glad you read it. Then you learn there's another 3.