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The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Nov 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, based-on-myth-saga-etc
Read 5 times. Last read November 15, 2012.

Faramiiiiir. <3

Um, I mean, I'm an adult with a degree and everything and I totally do not have crushes on fictional characters. Ahem.

The Two Towers, of course, involves a good helping of the Anglo-Saxon analogues, the Riders of Rohan, which is always interesting. I did spend some time wondering what Grima Wormtongue would have been like if he were like Gunnlaug Wormtongue of Norse saga: a skald instead of a counsellor, twisting the court with words in a different way... I do wish more people appreciated where the name comes from. It's not a simple Dickensian trick: it is a name that tells us about him, but it's not actually asking people to think of a worm as we might first assume, in the dirt and sliming and wriggling... rather, "worm" in Icelandic is also "dragon" and "serpent". We're seeing something more akin to Smaug, a cunning and dangerous mind. Picturing an earthworm is kind of missing the point -- although I'm sure that image is meant to be there too.

Anyway, especially enjoyed the Ents this time, thinking about the origin of those characters in Tolkien's mind -- eald enta geweorc; old work of giants -- and about Diana Wynne Jones' commentary on them.
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Hazel Mier Oh, it's not like we ALL don't have a crush on some fictional character. May I remind anyone about Augustus Waters. >:)

David Sarkies I thought Wormtongue (or should it be wyrmtongue - it sounds a lot more appropriate) was a heaps cool character, especially reading it the second time round.

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