The Two Towers, Book 3 #LotRreadalong

The Two Towers, Book 3 #LotRreadalong

I’m here.  A couple of days late and a few dollars short, but I’m here.  I wanted to go through and do a quote/picture post like I did for Book 1 and Book 2 of The Fellowship of the Ring, but I just don’t have the time and won’t for a while.  So, I thought I’d better at least get my answers to the discussion questions up.  Thanks, as always, to Jenni and Kami for hosting!

1. Do you like how the book is split? Book 3 is all about Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, and book 4 is all about Frodo and Sam.
I didn’t realize this was the case until I read this question. I don’t think I will like it at all, but I guess we’ll see. My preference is usually to skip back and forth between story lines. But maybe it would have been confusing because this first half already sort of skipped back and forth between the Aragorn/Legolas/Gimli/Gandalf story line and the Merry/Pippin/Treebeard story line.

2. What differences between the book and movie do you like?
In this section? I like that the movie flashes back and forth between the story lines. I like the additional detail on Helm’s Deep that the movie provides. And Eowyn too! (Though I did like the clues Tolkien gave us about her in the text.)

3. What differences between the book and movie do you dislike?
Where are the caves that Gimli pontificates on for a good page or two? And I was a little sad that there were not more Ents in the movie.

4. Why do you think Grima Wormtongue threw the Palantir out the window?
I don’t know. It’s awfully convenient/coincidental that the object he chooses to throw out the window is perhaps the most valuable thing Saruman has. Was it just a coincidence or was Wormtongue acting deliberately? I guess we’ll either find out or never know.

5. Have you noticed any differences in character from Gandalf the Grey to Gandalf the White?
Yes. As other readalong-ers have noted, he seems much more confident. But I also find him to be a bit more removed, more cool. I have to say that I don’t like Gandalf the White quite as well as I like Gandalf the Grey.

6. What was your favorite moment or scene in the book?
I loved all of the Treebeard bits to bits.

7. Magic always has to have constraints. If it didn’t, we’d want all the problems to be solved with magic. There is some powerful magic in Lord of the Rings. How do you think it works? What are the constraints? Why doesn’t Gandalf just transport the ring to the Mount Doom or wipe out the armies with magic?
I really like what Melissa said about the magic seeming to work through words. That really got me thinking that it is true. Doors open when the right words are spoken. Riddles play in to lots of scenes in The Hobbit. I like that idea of it. I think it works in other ways too, but there is no doubt that there is magic in words in these books.

(Oh, and as an aside, why didn’t the darn eagles just fly Frodo to Mount Doom? Minimal magic required.) :)

8. I feel like Tolkien wasn’t a fan of technology or machinery. Did you pick up on any of that?
Absolutely. I gave his descriptions of Saruman’s desecration of Isengard quite a few eye-rolls as I went along, since it was over-the-top in places. But I think it is still a powerful reminder that we should value nature, and trees in particular.

What are your favorite parts of Book 3?