The Two Towers

The Two Towers

Being the Second Part of the Lord of the Rings

Book - 1994
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The second book of the trilogy, The Two Towers is an awesome book! Part one follows Aragorn and most of the surviving Fellowship, and part two follows Frodo and Sam. It's a wonderfully well written book that I am very glad to have read.

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KellyLatimer
Jul 16, 2019

A fun and quick read. I enjoyed discovering the things that were left out of or altered in the movie.

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CASSIE ERIN MAUL
May 21, 2019

The great tale of the Ring continues. Now that the Fellowship is broken, the stories diverge. The first part of this book focuses on Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, with a break for Merry and Pippin. The second half tells the tale of Frodo and Sam after they parted from the others.

With breathtaking descriptions of both setting and characters, this book continues on the path set by the first one. As Tolkien guides us deeper into the world of Middle Earth, we get to know more of the terrain and of the characters. Exciting and full of suspense and mystery, this book delves into more of the lore and history of the fascinating land and develops each character on this long, perilous journey.

If you want to know more of Frodo and company, this is the book for you. The great depth of writing in this series may make some people bored, but many more have fallen in love with Middle Earth. Which side are you on?

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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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picklepepper26
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!

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sofa2001
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.

Doctor_10101 Jan 22, 2014

Another rich installment to the Lord of the Rings!

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bostonbruinfan1234
Nov 25, 2013

i have a hold on it but it is not ready to pick up

13579rrhh Sep 26, 2013

The book is amazing. Must read.

Even better then the first! <3

smaugthestupendous May 06, 2013

It was AWESOME (of course)!! Better than the first if that's possible!! If you loved the movies, you'll love the books and I really recommend it! <3

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Very good Fantasy. Fantasy is my favorite genre so I highly respect this classic!

angiem99 Mar 28, 2013

This book was even better than the first! So much happens in it and it explains way better than the movie! This is definitely one of my favourite book/movie series. It`s slow sometimes but super hooking! I recommend this series!

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Love_Legolas_111
Mar 08, 2013

Great book! Almost as good as the first! Just finished it today and starting the Return of the King!

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lexikeeler
Jul 27, 2012

Favorite book in the series - every story line is full of adventure, suspense, humor and imagination. Loved it!


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