The Two Towers

The Two Towers

Being the Second Part of the Lord of the Rings

Paperback - 2012
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The middle novel in The Lord of the Rings--the greatest fantasy epic of all time--which began in The Fellowship of the Ring, and which reaches its magnificent climax in The Return of the King .

The Fellowship is scattered. Some are bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of Sauron. Some are contending with the treachery of the wizard Saruman. Only Frodo and Sam are left to take the accursed One Ring, ruler of all the Rings of Power, to be destroyed in Mordor, the dark realm where Sauron is supreme. Their guide is Gollum, deceitful and lust-filled, slave to the corruption of the Ring.

Publisher: New York : Del Ray/Ballantine Books, 2012.
Edition: Del Rey mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780345339713
Characteristics: ix, 398 p. : maps ; 18 cm.


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Aug 02, 2017

A little bit darker than the first book; still intensely spellbinding.

Apr 28, 2017

This is an awesome piece of writing by Tolkien!

Mar 01, 2017

I really do like this series. More perhaps than I thought I would. I admit the second half didn't intrigue me as much as the first, but I think this is due mainly to the fact that the first half had pretty much all of my favorite characters in it, which kept it interesting and captivating. Seriously, I just love Merry and Pippin and how amazing they are at being little comic reliefs and voices of relaxation. Plus Gimli and Legolas' friendship is one of the greatest things ever.
I haven't yet watched this movie all the way through but I feel from what I do know that the film deviated more from this book than perhaps the Fellowship. If so, hopefully it changed for the better and didn't take anything away from the storyline.
Daring escapes, fearsome battles, wicked creatures and lights in the darkness come together to make this fascinating, timeless tale. This book did nothing to diminish the first of the series (I actually think I like this one more than book one) and it was a wonderful (if not slow) read.
I'm hoping the next and last book makes me want to read chapters of Sam and Frodo. I like them well enough, but I get weary of their chapters when the story continues in their perspective after a while.

May 16, 2016

The Fellowship has broken, and, awkwardly enough, so has the narrative. I mean that in an editorial sense. In this middle volume Tolkein has split story into two, cleanly separated smaller volumes—one follows Aragorn and company throughout the land of Rohan, and the other follows Sam and Frodo on their quest to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.

Tolkein keeps the tension high as the forces of Sauron conspire to locate the Ring of Power in order to secure Sauron's dominant reign over Middle Earth. Saruman the White is but a mere puppet in this pursuit even though he himself has fallen under the Ring's powerful seduction.

I've seen the Peter Jackson movies a dozen times since last reading The Two Towers book and I'm surprised at how much the movie shows the audience versus what is only spoken of in the book (e.g. the Ents charge on Isengard). Also, the movie corrects the divided storyline problem by mercifully intercutting both.

Oct 13, 2015

It is the best book out of all the trilogy!

Aug 01, 2015

Awesome book!

Jun 17, 2015

It is slow for first time readers of fantasy, but is a classic all the same. Look into some of the mythology put in this book, and you'll be entranced.

Jun 04, 2015

The book was slow and hard to read sometimes, but it was very good overall. It probably took me the longest to get through out of all three books. I still highly recommend it, though. You have to read it, especially if you are reading the rest of the series. Don't skip it! Great book!

7Liberty7 Sep 15, 2014

Super good! I LOVE the Lord of the Rings!

Apr 09, 2014

This book is OK. I do wish, though, it ended on a happier note, than having Frodo a prisoner of the Orcs.

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Jul 13, 2015

-Samwise Gamgee

Oct 22, 2013

"I'd cut off your head, dwarf, if it stood but a little higher from the ground." -Eomer

Various reproachful names for himself came to Sam's mind, drawn from the Gaffer's (father) large parental word-hoard.

Sep 04, 2012

Fool of a Took!


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Jul 13, 2015

In the second part of Lord of the Rings, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas arrive at Rohan in the midst of their search for missing Merry and Pippin and meet an old friend. Meanwhile, the two hobbits find themselves kidnapped by the Uruk-hai to be taken to Saruman, but escape into the feared Fangorn Forest, where they meet an unlikely friend. Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the Ring, but meeting an enemy along the way (who proves quite helpful) may not have been a chance.


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Apr 11, 2013

Violence: pretty mild violence but still there

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