November 21, 2005

I'm In Paradise....

Gary has his latest installment up: The Two Towers, Book 4, Chapter 1, "The Taming of Smeagol" and manages in this post to geek out on two of my favorite subjects at once: Tolkien and meteorology. Woo Hoo!

Another nice touch - as Gary notes, Tolkien puts Frodo and Sam on hold in Book Three of TTT, while telling the adventures of the rest of the Fellowship in Rohan. In Book 4, he backtracks a number of days in order to pick up where he left off with Frodo and Sam. As that story now moves forward, Gary is keeping track of the corresponding events on the other side of the Anduin. Frankly, while I've been aware of the interlocking chronology during this part of the story, I've never really thought it out to this extent. (Tolkien himself starts flipping back and forth between the two stories later on in The Return of the King.) I hope Gary keeps this practice up.

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