Sunday, October 16, 2011

LOTR: The Two Towers Read-along: Week One

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers read-along started this past week. The read-along is hosted by the Little Red Reviewer, Geeky Daddy, and Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. Feel free to join us in the read-along or jump in the discussions if you've read the books or seen the movies!

Please be aware there will surely be spoilers if you haven't yet experienced The Lord of the Rings.

What is your favorite part of The Two Towers, thus far into the book?

The Ents. After reading The Fellowship of the Ring the first time, I remember telling my friend how I wished the forest had been more enchanted. He replied "Just wait". Oooh. I couldn't have asked for more than Treebeard and the stories of the Elves awakening the trees.

What were your thoughts of Boromir trying to defend Merry and Pippin from Orc archers?

I think Boromir would have done anything to protect the hobbits after turning on Frodo the way he did. The ring was now out of his presence and his mind had turned to remorse. It's also in his nature to protect his land and his people.

What thoughts would have been going through your mind if you were approached by Treebeard?

"I knew it!" I've always had a love for enchanted forests. If I ran into Treebeard I would feel like I was let in on a secret I already knew existed. And I would be absolutely terrified, especially if a tree already tried to swallow me...

What were your thoughts and reactions of the battle at the Hornburg?

I love the relationship forming between Gimli and Legolas.

Do you like it that Tolkien has split the Company into three mini-quests? Do you wonder if the company will be together throughout the quest again?

I do like that they are split up. I feel like I am getting more of the full story that way. I think the hope that they will join back together is an extension of hoping for a happy ending.

You can find more discussions of The Two Towers here:

Little Red Reviewer
Geeky Daddy
Stainless Steel Droppings
The Written World
The Blue Fairy’s Bookshelf
Lynn’s book blog


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  1. anthropomorphized trees. . . is there anything cooler? not really!

    When I had seen the movies I thought the Gimli/Legolas competition was put in just to flesh out their characters, boy did I laugh my head off when I read that in the books!

    I think The Two Towers might be my favorite book so far.

  2. I have never actually read the books, but the two towers was definitely my favourite movie. Glad to hear youre enjoying it!

  3. I think your comment about Boromir and the fact that his mind has cleared with the absence of the ring is insightful.
    Lynn :D

  4. I love Gimli and Legolas's relationship. It adds to the story; gives relationship.

    I am glad for Two Towers because I was bit worried about the series as Fellowship did not grab me so much.

  5. Your answer to the Treebeard question made me smile. After being swallowed by a tree, I would be a little tree-a-phobic after that experience that Pippin and Merry had to go through.

  6. This books brings back beautiful, beautiful memories of The Two Towers. Thanks for sharing!


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