I'm LOVING it! I agree it was a little slow, but I'm simply adoring the female-led Harfoots, love Galadriel-who-takes-no-shit, love the scenery, the characterizations. I admit I didn't read like... "side materials" for Tolkien so I don't have any opinions about them ruining the books or whatever. As a normal LotR fan I think it's a ton of fun.

WAY more palatable to me in every respect than that game of thrones stuff

It really is a lot better than GOT in terms of not being horribly misogynistic! It's also just absolutely beautiful.