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The Two Towers


May 15 2003
06:39 pm

I responded to Gollum in the movie the same way I responded to him in the books. Annoyance is a good descriptive of the feeling…add sympathy, disgust, and fear too. Jackson did Gollum well.

I’m curious to know if anyone else has thought about Wormtongue (Grima), Saruman, King Theoden…Wormtongue’s poisonous hold on the king…
did it make anyone think of C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters and “Wormwood” the junior tempter? His uncle, the professional devil, Screwtape? Saruman and Wormtongue reminded me of Screwtape and Wormwood.

I guess knowing that Tolkien and Lewis were contemporaries (The Inklings) made me wonder if there was inspiration there from one to the other with these characters.