Ah, the first day of March! Spring is coming, and Teresa at Shelf Love has put up the questions that kick off our reading of The Two Towers. I’ve already got my library copy, which is sadly missing its glorious Alan Lee cover (books in my college stacks apparently have to live naked), but it’s full of his wonderful illustrations, so I’m happy.
Where are you in the trilogy right now? What do you think of the books so far?
I finished The Fellowship of the Ring on Friday, and I plan to start The Two Towers tonight. I absolutely loved The Fellowship of the Ring, and I want to devour The Two Towers in one sitting, quite frankly! Since they’re all simply thirds of a novel, I almost want to race through it–but I know I’ll be better served if I take it slowly. Or at least try to!
What’s your past experience with The Two Towers?
As I’m reading the books, I keep remembering certain things, so I’m not sure if I actually managed to read it when I was ten, but I don’t have any book memories from The Two Towers. I do, however, have memories of the film version. My father and my brother, on a school night, told me we were going to go see Maid in Manhattan, which I protested violently against–but they were just playing a prank on me. We went to go see The Two Towers and it was wondrous. I, um, also don’t remember the film that well. Oh, blast my spotty memory!
If you’re a rereader, what are you most looking forward to?
Éowyn and the Ents. Éowyn is such a fantastic character, and I’ve always loved the concept of shield maidens. (I’m fairly sure I shrieked in delight when I saw the design work for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and realized it had taken cues from the film production, Zelda in particular.) I’m also really looking forward to seeing Merry and Pippin out on their own and seeing their characters develop in counterpoint to each other, and the Ents are a particularly inspired creation by Tolkien.
What about the movie? If you’ve seen it, what did you think of it, and how much do you think it will color your experience with the book?
I adore the film production, I have to say- as I mentioned above, the costume design makes me weak at the knees, and it’s had just as much an effect on pop culture as Tolkien did on literature. (Why did Pirates of the Caribbean turn into an epic trilogy? The Lord of the Rings, of course!) I don’t remember a great deal of The Two Towers (it’s been a while since I watched the films, hence the proposed rewatch) but I think the films will continue to haunt my reading a little. It’ll be easier than it was for The Fellowship of the Ring to block it out, since I don’t remember much of the film, though.
Happy reading, all!