Monday, May 24, 2010

Ten of the best towers in literature

For the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best towers in literature.

One title on the list:
The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien

But what are the two towers that give the title to the second volume of The Lord of the Rings? Minas Tirith, site of the trilogy's last battle? Minas Morgul? Or a couple of the other towers on the tower-thick map of Middle Earth: Barad-dûr, Cirith-ungol, or Isengard (where Gandalf is held by Saruman until rescued by an eagle)? Take your pick.
Read about the other works on the list.

The Lord of the Rings
also made Lev Grossman's list of the six greatest fantasy books of all time, and appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best volcanoes in literature, ten of the best chases in literature, and ten of the best monsters in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue