The Two Towers

The Two Towers

Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings

Book - 1986
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The second volume of The Lord of the Rings trilogy relates a tale of the eternal battle between good and evil.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., [1986], c1965.
Edition: 2nd ed.
ISBN: 9780395272220
039527222X
9780395489338
0395489334
Characteristics: 352 pages, [1] folded leaf of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.

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green_zebu_65
Jan 27, 2018

The second installment in the trilogy is awesome! While it wasn't better than the The Fellowship of the Ring, it was very good literature. You need to read these in order!!!

acardona305 Jan 07, 2018

This book move much faster than the Fellowship of the Ring. As Tolkien splits up the Fellowship into two groups, he also moves to split the book into two distinct halves, both equally enjoyable in their own right. The book continues to develop the character relationships and introduce a whole slew of new characters at the same time. The world continues to unfurl as the Fellowship continues their march into the unknown and Tolkien's writing really shines throughout the whole of this book.

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jan 05, 2018

This book divides the narrative of the fellowship (now broken) into two separate narratives, each taking up one half of the book. The first half, involving Aragon, Legolas, and Gimli, are fascinating and quick. The action is wonderful, the characters colorfully drawn, and the narrative engaging. The second half, with Frodo, Sam, and the loathsome creature Gollum, carrying the ring to Mordor, is less engaging, but also shorter and faster. Tolkien wisely keeps the narrative with the ring-bearer brisk and short, since their journey mainly involves walking, rather than war (as in the first half of the book). I remember when I was younger and I read these books for the first time, I thought The Two Towers was dreadfully slow, but this time I found myself hanging on every word. I can't wait to read the final portion of Tolkien's signature work. The Lord of the Rings is not a trilogy, but rather a singular book published in three volumes, and it is one of the finest works of fiction ever put on paper.

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Gwen904
Aug 02, 2017

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

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darcyhudjik
Apr 28, 2017

This is an awesome piece of writing by Tolkien!

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Nymeria23
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.

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danielestes
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.

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ReadingRainBro
Oct 13, 2015

It is the best book out of all the trilogy!

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mayanedev
Aug 01, 2015

Awesome book!

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rabbitarabbit
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.

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danielle0308
Jul 13, 2015

"Po-tay-toes."
-Samwise Gamgee

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Christine98
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.

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EowynThandawen
Sep 04, 2012

Fool of a Took!

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green_zebu_65
Jan 27, 2018

Coarse Language: Orcs, when speaking to each other are a little rough.

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green_zebu_65
Jan 27, 2018

Violence: violence in some chapters.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: pretty mild violence but still there

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danielle0308
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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