This is a weekly booking meme courtesy of Freda’s Voice. There is a linkup! The rules are simple: Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56. Find a sentence, any sentence, and post it. (Or post a few — just don’t spoil it!) Add the post url (not your homepage) to the linky and do some visits.
Since I’m publising an Endless Tolkien series at Part Time Monster and am re-running the series from the beginning on Thursdays at Sourcerer, I’m sticking with Tolkien until I run out of books to quote. From The Two Towers.
‘Maggots!’ jeered the Isengarders. ‘You’re cooked. The Whiteskins will catch you and eat you. They’re coming.’
A cry from Grishnakh showed that this was not mere jest. Horsemen, riding very swiftly, had indeed been sighted: still far behind, but gaining on the Orcs, gaining on them like a tide over the flats on folk straying in a quicksand.
Marni nodded, trying to grasp the notion of being in New York City. She had never been outside Sunset Valley except for vacations to Lake Erie, which had been every summer, and that was less than 150 miles away, or to Granmama’s with her mother.
from Tessa, by yours truly
Thanks for stopping by! I haven’t even added this to the linkup yet 🙂
Lovely quote there.
I love the imagery! So much more vivid with words than when you watch the films.
And to you 🙂 And yes, the quicksand image is good here.
Man, I’ve got to start reading longer books… 🙂
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This brings me back to teen me – thank you. I read the trilogy a few times and enjoyed it all – even wrote a senior paper on it – and only still distinctly remember thinking the whole Tom Bombadil thing wasn’t necessary – but totally different book. Also thought movie portrayal of the women went a bit, well, beyond what Tolkien had expressed. No strong aversions to the Two Towers… Maybe it’s time for a re-read…
“Maggots!” It’s passages like the one you have here that are why I love Tolkien – such exquisite imagery, even when we’re talking about Orcs and quicksand.
“Oh, no, no, no,” said Mara, “Your Majesties. W-we think he had bad food. He fully recovered in but a few days. But for at least a day he was very weak, he was vomiting, he had chills–” She gasped. “Oh, no. You were thinking of the plague. It couldn’t have been that. And you’ve seen for yourself that he’s recovered?”