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The Dark Tower or The Two Towers??
on 12 August 2017
In the foreword, King writes of the influence of Tolkien on him as a young writer and how he wanted to write his own long, sprawling epic but knew if he didn't wait long enough he'd write something too similar to The Lord of the Rings. This is The Two Towers, or at least the Frodo and Sam half of it. The gunslinger has become Frodo, with his mission to reach the dark tower in some inter-dimensional Mordor; Eddie is his Samwise Junkee; Detta/Odetta is their Gollum/Smeagol. We even have Grima Wormtongue and a character who seems to oscillate between Saruman, the Mouth of Sauron and Gandalf.
The three traipse from place to place at a snail's pace across a desolate landscape, with Roland Baggins getting progressively sicker. We address questions of addiction, echoing the seduction of the one ring.
I still finished it, although I'm struggling to get into book three - even though I'm reading these on holiday with nothing better to read.