Chapter III: Mount Doom This installment is early. Why, you ask? Well, it's March 25th. For Tolkien fans, that means it's Tolkien Reading Day! And why is Tolkien Reading Day on March 25th, and not on September 22nd (Frodo and Bilbo's birthdays) or on January 3rd (Tolkien's birthday)? Tolkien Reading Day occurs on March 25th … Continue reading LotR Reread: “Here at the end of all things…”
Book VI Chapter I: The Tower of Cirith Ungol So. There Sam was, below Cirith Ungol having knocked himself out by flinging himself against the orc door in a desperate attempt to get into the tower to rescue Frodo, who wasn't actually dead, just comatose from a massive dose of monster-spider venom. Fortunately for everyone … Continue reading Lotr Reread: The One Where Sam Simply Walks into Mordor
Chapter IX: The Last Debate Legolas and Gimli are walking through Minas Tirith on their way to the Houses of Healing. Gimli thinks the place needs improvements in its stonework, and Legolas thinks it needs more gardens. Both vow to send their people to improve the city, assuming they win the hopeless war, but in … Continue reading LotR Reread: Once More Unto the Breach
Chapter VII: The Pyre of Denethor We're stepping back in time by several hours to the morning of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and heading back into Minas Tirith. The Lord of the Nazgûl has just left the city gates. Gandalf is about to head out into the battle, but Pippin stops him with … Continue reading LotR Reread: The King Returns! Sort of.
Chapter V: The Ride of the Rohirrim Now that he's been riding through the gloom for days, being carried along like a bit of baggage, ignored by the Marshal of the eored, Elfhelm and everyone else, Merry is completely miserable and questioning why he disobeyed King Théoden's orders to stay behind. What can he do … Continue reading LotR Reread: “But no living man am I!”
Chapter III: The Muster of Rohan We return to Rohan and Merry's perspective. He is riding with King Theoden through the mountains toward Dunharrow, where the Rohirrim is gathering before they ride on to Gondor. There is a spectacular description of the landscape with its craggy mountains, dark forests, and waterfalls. It's more than a … Continue reading LotR Reread: “So we come to it in the end…”
The Oscars are tonight, and in their honor I thought I'd write about a few of my favorite book-to-movie features. I know a lot of people dislike adaptations (as well as the book editions that come out featuring stills from the films, if my Pinterest feed is any sign). Characters and events get left out, … Continue reading Book to Movie