"I'm sorry, but I wouldn't leave Saruman like that. I'm not necessarily saying kill him, but kick his butt out of Orthanc!"
Ents are cool.
"I am hoping so bad that Peter Jackson does justice to Tolkien's imagery. It would be fantastic indeed if he could show the transformation of Isengard from a place of good, to the place it became once Saruman turned to evil, and then finally to this state of nigh total destruction after the Ents' battle..."
"Stirring, affecting, gripping. To gush thus is a little embarassing, but I have to be honest..."
"Eowyn is noticeably another strong leading female character. There are a handful of remarkable women in Tolkien's Middle-earth..."
"If [Gandalf]'s not a Maia then he must be of a race like the Ents or Hobbits that wasn't mentioned in the Silmarillion. I mean could he really be a Man? or even a Númenorean...?"
"But how sad! I mean what hope do the Ents and trees have? Most likely they all march to their doom, and Treebeard knows it. It's just so sad..."
"But, I wish that Tolkien had included a tale about Saruman from long before he fell to desire for the ring. Some good deed in the past remembered by Gandalf to the others. Cause, like I mentioned in the last Book, Saruman had always seemed evil to me..."
"And what help were the horses? On cue, and somewhat frustratingly, they and whatever help they promised disapeared. So Tolkien. So very Tolkien. The bad so quickly follows the good..."
"A good opening chapter, but talk about a sad one! I actually got a little misty-eyed there for a minute."
"The image of Sam and Frodo in the boat together heading off alone into Mordor is awesome. It's perfect."
"One phenomenal image is the passing of the Argonath. Just absolutely awe-inspiring. Aragorn, 'a king returning from exile to his own land,' now that's big, and probably the origin of the title of the third published volume of LotR. But, where the heck is Minas Anor? I looked at the map and there's no such city in this region."
"They couldn't be better prepared for whatever comes next--at least that's my opinion for now. Inspite of his obvious foreshadowing, you can never be sure what Tolkien will conjure up..."
"The Noldor were much greater elves than the Sindar on account that the Noldor had been to Valinor and the Sindar had not. Add to that the Ring of Power that [Galadriel} is the keeper of, and that's pretty major. She comes across as far more powerful than her chump husband, that's for certain..."
"From the Nimrodel and the mallorn trees to Cerin Amroth, there is a magic about Lothlorien. Tolkien displays a lot of finesse in the way he describes it. Sometimes his use of superlatives to describe elves gets on my nerves, but not here, not so far..."