“Where now are the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the harp on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow.
Who shall gather the smoke of the deadwood burning,
Or behold the flowing years from the Sea returning?”
I’ve finished Book 1 and taken a breather and decided to start Book 2. It’s as amazing as the first one and so well written! The two towers discussed in the title are none other than Saruman’s lair and Sauron’s eye-tower. The movie tie-in edition that I have was perfect to depict the other tower well into distance.