I read the Lord of the Rings in its entirety when I was about thirteen or so. And then I read it again. And a few more times for good measure. When I was young, Tolkien’s worlds opened up a lot of inspiration for me. I wish I could have collected everything. The artwork was as much a part of that as the worlds that he created.
And me being the warrior princess that I am, loved this particular chapter. No joke, I had pretty much memorized the dialogue between Eowyn and the Witch King by heart (and yes I was disappointed by its omission in Peter Jackson’s movies, but can see a point where modern audiences wouldn’t really appreciate a kick ass throw down that starts off with “Begone foul dwimmerlaik, lord of carrion!“).
This wasn’t quite as true to the book either but it still has a special place in my heart as the first LoTR movie I’ve ever seen. Also, I could go on about how much I love Rankin and Bass’ style and animation, but I’ll just leave this here.