I decided to join along the TTT read-along after coming across a post about it a couple of days ago. I forgot which site but I'll come back to update.
These questions were asked:
1. The Glittering Caves of Aglarond; Fangorn Forest: Which of the two would you be most excited to visit once the war was over?
As much I like to see dazzling network of stones, it's cold inside the cave, I'd first visit Treebeard and the rest of his remaining tree herders in Fangorn Forest.
2. How did you like the reunion of at least part of the fellowship at Isengard? Did any part of it stand out to you?
It was like a relief for me that Aragorn and company caught up with Merry and Pippin, in fact it appeared like it was a good thing, the hobbits stuck around for a little bit.
3. What are your thoughts about Galdalf’s confrontation with Saruman?
The passage of the new title "White Wizard" came to rest on Gandalf's shoulders and for what it's worth,I think Saruman felt something was taken from him even if he opted to be known as the wizard of many colors. It was something to that effect. Anyway, it also meant that Gandalf will stop him.
4. We learn a great deal about the Palantir in this section. How do you feel about Saruman given Gandalf’s speech about the use of the Palantir? Would you, like Pippen, be tempted to look in to see what you could see?
5. What are your thoughts about Smeagol/Gollum in this first part of his journey leading Frodo and Sam? For those of you who’ve seen the film, are you hearing Andy Serkis in your head when you read Gollum’s lines?
6. Sam and Frodo are not traveling in the most picturesque part of Middle-earth. Which would you find worse, the seemingly impossible to leave mountains or the Dead Marshes?
7. Tolkien introduces us to a lot of places in this section of The Two Towers, many just getting a mention in passing. What do you think of Tolkien’s place names (Minas Morgul, Isengard, the Emyn Muil, and on and on)? Do any stand out to you? Are there any that you don’t care for?