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The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers (original 1954; edition 1977)

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Title:The Two Towers
Authors:J.R.R. Tolkien
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The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (Author) (1954)


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Beautiful book, and my personal favourite out of all of them. ( )
  ellsie98 | Nov 16, 2014 |
It is difficult now to evaluate The Lord of the Rings without comparing it to the Peter Jackson film series.

The film series is visually and dramatically an amazing interpretation of the LOTR. For it to be a viable film series it could not be an exact retelling of the novels. Action scenes had to be given more of a focus, in order to attract a wider audience. Characters were further developed to have additional layers of complexity added to them. Conflicts between characters were also exaggerated for dramatic purposes. Some examples would be the relationships between Boromir and Aragorn, and Frodo/Sam and Faramir.

The Two Towers novel tells the story in a very unique and unusual way. First, Frodo and Sam's journey is not explained until the second half of the book. In many cases we learn the fates or happenings of certain characters after the fact, such as with Gandalf and Boromir. What I like most about this book are the little snippets of insight into the history of Middle Earth you get from some of the older folk of this land; like Gandalf, the elves, the ents, and Gollum. These discussions help create a history and mythology that give the world a more lived in feeling. We know now that a complete history of Middle Earth was actually developed throughout Tolkien's lifetime.

While this is a great read, it is not a quick one. It is very well written, is very poetic, but makes you think. I know why when I was younger I preferred the more action oriented, dramatic retelling of the films. Now I have much more appreciation for Toikien's writings and cant wait to delve further into his completed and uncompleted works. ( )
  Porfinicle | Nov 4, 2014 |
Read my full review here.

Tolkien uses his talent to give readers beautiful and extremely detailed descriptions of the setting, characters, and actions. Tolkien knows how to weave subtle foreshadowing into the story so that readers can pick up hints and clues and try to guess what significance they will have later in the novel.

The characters of this novel are my favourite aspect. In the first novel we mainly see the story as Frodo would see it but in this installment we are given the opportunity to experience the journeys through the perspective of some of the more minor characters in the Fellowship. I think this was a very good decision on Tolkien’s part because it helps to build up the complexities of these minor characters. The characters which I really enjoyed this time are Pippin, Sam, and, of course, the dynamic between Legolas and Gimli. In the first novel it is apparent that Legolas and Gimli have bonded but that’s shown much more in this book and their banter often serves as comic relief in tense situations. Pippin isn’t as foolish a character as he is made out to be in the first book though he still does foolish things For example, picking up the stone orb which Gandalf got from Saruman. Sam is the perspective through which we see Frodo’s journey. This solidifies Sam’s importance and makes him one of the main characters. Sam’s growth is one of the best things to read.

There are, of course, some issues which I noticed while reading. Again, Tolkien tends to use the same description for multiple things throughout the book. At one point, he uses the word “sheer” so often that it appears every couple of pages. For a writer who is so imaginative, it’s odd that Tolkien was this repetitive. As well, the narrator obviously intervenes a few times which doesn’t fit exactly with the rest of the narrative. Also, there were some contradictions with the characters that irked me a bit. For example, Sam has already become so mature and yet he does something very foolish. I’m not quite sure if it fits or not. I don’t know, it just stood out to me. As well, Pippin seems to have grown a lot during his time with the orcs and then Treebeard, yet as soon as he is off with Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, he does something really risky. It’s almost as though as soon as they are among the Fellowship again him and Merry revert to childish hobbits.

Overall, this book was a delight to read. Even when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about what I had read. The characters, descriptions, and intricacies are all so well-written. ( )
  CaitlinAC | Aug 10, 2014 |
As Sauron's dark forces spread out from Mordor through the lands of Middle-earth, the fellowship forged to destroy the One Ring of Power is broken. Most of the fellowship's survivors race toward Isengard, where the growing strength of the renegade wizard Saruman threatens to leave a lush land in desolation. With huge armies building in preparation for the first great battles of the War of the Ring, the hobbits Merry and Pippin discover some unexpected allies. Meanwhile, Frodo Baggins and the stalwart Samwise Gamgee set off across the bleak lands bordering Mordor as they continue their efforts to return the One Ring to Mount Doom - encountering a most unlikely guide along the way. ( )
  jepeters333 | Jul 6, 2014 |
J.R.R Tolkien has used his powers once again. The curiosity of how he comes up with such detail, places, ideas, and characters, is endless. The book is filled with breath taking, imagery and use of all 5 senses just by reading. There is almost a sixth sense as the book brings you into the story, next to The Company, battling orcs, feeling every detail that Tolkien wrote. How did this story and potential come into his mind? Whatever happened, it had such a positive impact on all age readers. The fictional story, was about bravery, courage, teamwork, and hope. As the Company was dispersed, the three groups had to survive on their own. Merry and Pippin, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas, and Sam and Frodo. Throughout the "edge of your seat" excitement, some characters unfortunately are killed, while some, new and old are introduced. This book and series are highly influential and an excellent source of knowledge. I would highly recommend it to anyone over 12. It would be hard for kids under 12, since the words and language of the book are hard to piece together. This series is so far my favorite, it my not be the same for all, but once you read the first chapter, you might be in a trance of how interesting and adventurous the book is. That is, if you are up for an adventure. ( )
  br14caoc | Jun 15, 2014 |
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That 'The Lord of the Rings' should appeal to readers of the most austere tastes suggests that they too now long for the old, forthright, virile kind of narrative... the author has had intimate access to an epic tradition stretching back and back and disappearing in the mists of Germanic history, so that his story has a kind of echoing depth behind it...

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Tolkien, J. R. R.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andersson, ErikTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blok, CorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Domènech, LuisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
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Aragorn sped on up the hill. Every now and then he bent to the ground. Hobbits go light, and their footprints are not easy even for a Ranger to read, but not far from the top a spring crossed the path, and in the wet earth he saw what he was seeking.
"Not asleep, dead".
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J.R.R. Tolkien's complete work The Lord of the Rings consists of six Books, frequently bound in three Volumes, as follow:

Volume I: The Fellowship of the Ring, consisting of Book 1, "The Ring Sets Out" and Book 2, "The Ring Goes South";
Volume II: The Two Towers, consisting of Book 3, "The Treason of Isengard," and Book 4, "The Ring Goes East"; and
Volume III: The Return of the King, consisting of Book 5, "The War of the Ring," and Book 6, "The End of the Third Age," with Appendices.

This LT Work consists of Volume II, The Two Towers; please do not combine it with any other part(s) or with Tolkien's complete work, each of which have LT Works pages of their own. Thank you.

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The Fellowship was scattered. Some were bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of Sauron. Some were contending with the treachery of the wizard Saruman. Only Frodo and Sam were left to take the accursed Ring of Power to be destroyed in Mordor–the dark Kingdom where Sauron was supreme. Their guide was Gollum, deceitful and lust-filled, slave to the corruption of the Ring.
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The Fellowship was scattered. Some were bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of Sauron. Some were contending with the treachery of the wizard Saruman. Only Frodo and Sam were left to take the accursed Ring of Power to be destroyed in Mordor--the dark Kingdom where Sauron was supreme. Their guide was Gollum, deceitful and lust-filled, slave to the corruption of the Ring.… (more)

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