100% agree that LoTR and Star Wars are in the same category. Just happens that I’m on the outside in LoTR and somewhat on the inside with Star Wars. But absolutely they’re the same. And people on the outside of Star Wars are legitimately bored by Star Wars discussions. Star Wars people (me included) are losers.
That said, I think there are more reasons to get on the inside with Star Wars than LoTR. But without question, they’re the same category.