This month I'm continuing with the Lord of the Rings Readalong. March is The Two Towers (by J. R. R. Tolkien, of course), and our host is Teresa from Shelf Love.
I couldn't wait to get started on this book. Some of my favorite characters and creatures are introduced in The Two Towers, and the story line divides into at least three parts after the breakup of the fellowship: Frodo and Sam; Pippin and Merry; and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli.
I am again listening to the unabridged edition read by Rob Inglis. Right from the beginning, the novel sets a darker mood than the first book. The companionable days of travel are over for our heroes, and Aragorn has made the difficult choice to track the orcs. The worst days are ahead, and the true nature of the characters will soon be tested. The cover shown here is of the paperback edition I bought in the 1960s.
The Tea. I'm drinking Adagio's Spring Darjeeling. Here's the description: "Organic black tea from the Darjeeling region of India. Springtime Darjeeling tea is famous for its lively 'bite' and an abundance of fresh flavor." I like the aroma of this tea, and the mild taste is perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.
The Assessment. Alas the poor hobbits: Yes, they do love their tea, but it will be many days before any of them will have that pleasure. I haven't seen Frodo and Sam yet, and I can't remember if Sam has managed to stow any tea in his pack. Pippin and Merry are lucky to get water. Maybe in their more homesick moments, the hobbits think of Darjeeling.
Northern Hemisphere or Southern, we're all entering a transition period, I'm hoping my tea-drinking days will soon mean sun tea and ice. How about you? What are you drinking this week, and more important, what are reading?
Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.
Source: Have owned for years (see review policy).
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.