Day 09 – Best scene ever
Determining the best scene of all the books that I’ve read is difficult. There are many memorable scenes that I love:
- the death of Mike in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
- Ender realizing that he’s committed genocide in Ender’s Game
- the showdown between Eowyn, Merry and the Witch-King in LOTR
… and countless others. I can’t explain the exact criteria for this topic.
Emotional – yes.
Realistic – yes.
Grabbing you by the throat and punching you in the gut – definitely.
When Saltheart Foamfollower carries Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever through the lava flow of Hotash Slay, I could feel it in my bones. Even now, thirty years after reading that scene, I still recall the anguish and determination that the kindly giant felt as he struggled step by step to bear the Unbeliever to the other side.
I haven’t read the Thomas Covenant books but once (and only the first two trilogies), but that scene sticks with me.