, there's no shame in getting into the fandom via the movies. The only thing that really makes my skin crawl is people who did it and then think they're experts (you know, the "Orlando Bloom said Legolas was X years old, so he's X years old!!" people...) But that could be because I'm a Craig Parker (Haldir) fangurl myself.
On the ears issue, I can only agree with Squeeagie - liquid latex works wonders. I rarely use it as I tend to set my hair to cover the edges anyway, but for more elaborate hairdos, it's a must. It's easy to work with, too.