If I remember correctly, my older brother was looking for LotR texture packs for Minecraft (this was back before we knew about mods) until he eventually found the mod. We've been playing it ever since.
My friend recommended me this mod. I played it, then when i tried to follow the gameplay guide here i realised i was playing the renewed version, so i switched to legacy. I played a bit with my friendon ancarcraft or how is it called, but i didn't know what's the point of this mod.
Later, the Hobbit trilogy was on tv, so i watched it, and later i started playing lotr mod again
I was going to build an elf house (in vanilla, obviously), and searched on the web for inspiration/builds to copy, and the high elven house was among the first on the list. I found this wiki and thought that the concept was very interesting, but didn't install the mod until much later. Anyway, that's my first experience!