I grew up Assembly of God, and the church and associated school I went to were really against Harry Potter, but that was really just the start of it. They were also against Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Dungeons and Dragons, and Star Wars. Basically, anything popular was fair game if it was at all fantastical and not explicitly Christian. I think Lewis and Tolkien got passes for their Christian beliefs, but honestly, I really never heard about either of them at the church. My mom’s Anglican friend introduced us to Lewis, and it wasn’t until we started attending a Nazarene church that I heard about Lord of the Rings, after The Return of the King movie had already released.
That said, my family was rather consistent and we got rid of anything Narnia and LotR related. I did eventually get into a lot of the stuff later, though, as did my family.
The movies were a bit difficult for me. I can handle most long movies, but I felt that the LotR movies were just meandering aimlessly around, feeling both rushed and too long at the same time. I did enjoy The Two Towers a lot, and there’s a bit of end-of-journey enjoyment at the end of The Return of the King, but on the whole, that’s a trilogy of movies I don’t care much for.
Initially, I really didn’t like the books either. I felt Tolkien was too verbose and took way too long to get to the point, which detracted from the characters and world for me. Recently, I decided to retry reading them, considering my literary and storytelling tastes have changed a lot in the last 5-6 years since I first tried. While I’m still really early in The Fellowship of the Ring, I’m enjoying it immensely more than I did the first time around.