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The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings #2)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  429,379 ratings  ·  5,341 reviews
The second volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, now featuring film art on the cover. Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Mor ...more
Paperback, Movie Tie-In Edition, 725 pages
Published September 19th 2001 by Houghton Mifflin (first published November 11th 1954)
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Jennifer Since the dialogue and the stories about the past are kind of the point of the Lord of the Rings series, I think if you're not enjoying it you should…moreSince the dialogue and the stories about the past are kind of the point of the Lord of the Rings series, I think if you're not enjoying it you should just stop. Never finish a book you're not enjoying, life's too short.

That said, part of the problem might be that this is the second book in a series. You could try starting with The Fellowship of the Ring, maybe that would help. But if you're not interested in books about mythology and folklore and history, then I sort of feel like this just isn't the right book for you.(less)
Tait Sougstad It's worth noting that Tolkien is blending the mid-20th century form of novel writing with ancient German (Anglo-saxon, Nordic) modes of storytelling.…moreIt's worth noting that Tolkien is blending the mid-20th century form of novel writing with ancient German (Anglo-saxon, Nordic) modes of storytelling. I am sympathetic; many of his scenes hold the camera in place (so to speak) for hours after we expect something new. Another song or poem or saga? Come on!

Yet, this long form is probably good for our brains, and the character's love of rehearsing stories and lore create great depth to the world of Middle Earth. Contra the "life is short dont read anything you don't enjoy" answer given to your question, I would encourage you continue on! There is a heap of literature that may be more stimulating, but won't make you think and rethink how you see the world around you!(less)

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A review of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by Sauron

After my review of the Fellowship of the Ring, my agent BBMed me and said that people still thought I was a bitter a-hole. He suggested that I learn to deal with my situation by talking with some likeminded people who have faced similar frustration. So he signed me up for Dark Lords and Villains Anonymous. At least that’s what it's called on the website. When I send out a FB invite to my peeps I usually use the subject line "Hatas Beware". B
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 07, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Time 100, 501 Must Read Books, Modern Library, Metalist, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Tolkien did not design The Lord of the Rings to be read as three separate books. However, since the book is flawless, there is just no boring moment. Even if you chop it further to 6, 12 or 24 books, I think all of them deserve 5 stars. I am not a big fan of fantasy genre but this one is just over the top. It is about good vs. evil and the nature of evil. With a universal theme like that, the non-stop action, the memorable characters, the extricate design of the fictional world, Middle-Earth and ...more
It took little Johnny Tolkien thirty-four years to write The Lord of the Rings.* By my count, it has taken this reader at least twice as long to make it through the first two volumes of his trilogy. But it’s starting to get exciting. Sam has laid his head upon Frodo’s bosom. Gandalf has changed colors. Gollum's found some fish. It has been, all things considered, a rather nice segment of the journey.

But, really, it shouldn’t have been. The characters have been through some shit. Peeps have died,
Emily May

I'm one of very few people in the world that actually really hate the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and 'The Hobbit' as well. I've read 'The Hobbit' twice, trying to capture the second time what I was sure I must have missed the first time round... but no. And then I read The Fellowship of the Ring and found Frodo's story to be as drab and long-winded as that of Bilbo. I would have stopped there but my friends told me that I should definitely read this book, promising me great adventure and well-wr
Jan 28, 2015 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: epic/high fantasy lovers
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

The quote above is just one reason to get yourself to read this. This was the second part in one of the most-beloved series of every fantasy lover. If you're a person who loves a good adventure, with twists, surprises, great characters, fun & drama then you cannot continue living on this earth w
Jason Koivu
The Two Towers suffers from the Jan syndrome. It's the middle child, and one that wasn't even meant to exist. Tolkien didn't intend The Lord of the Rings to be a trilogy, but rather one whole book, so inevitably the second volume was doomed to have no true beginning nor a satisfying finish. When I first read it as a teen I didn't enjoy it much at all, and it's still not my favorite of the three, but having read it again recently I warmed to it. It provides an admirably strong bridge between the ...more
Yes, my rating upon this re-reading of The Two Towers bumped it up a whole star! I enjoyed this book more than The Fellowship of the Ring (surprisingly as that's my favourite film out of the three), and a lot more on a re-read.

The narrative follows a bit of a slip at this stage of the story, with Part 3 being dedicated entirely to Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin (amongst others), whereas Part 4 solely follows Frodo, Sam, and Gollum. It was an understandable split, but one I didn't thi
4.0 stars. As good as this was, I have to go ahead and blame Peter Jackson for this book not getting 5 stars. The Two Towers was my favorite installment of the movie trilogy and there were portions of the movie version that I actually preferred to the book. I especially liked the visuals of the battle of Helm's Deep (including the large contingent of bad-ass elves showing up at the right moment). The battle was the major event of the movie and was of a much more minor nature in the book. I prefe ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Since this is LOTR and I guess I’m supposed to be nice in this review I’ll start by posting a character sheet or whatever this is. It’s been a while since I wanted to find one and luckily I did using our wonderful friend, Google. So here are the most popular characters:

Some don’t look as I imagine they would be but let’s appreciate the people who did the casting for the movie. They did a pretty good job.

Now back to my main problem about this book. Why can’t I make a funny review for Lord of the
Franco  Santos
Raros son aquéllos capaces de prever a donde los llevará el camino, antes de llegar.

Excelente continuación. En este tomo Tolkien no se demora en darnos el primer golpe. Empieza con todo y el ritmo se acrecienta conforme pasan las páginas.


Una mano quemada es el mejor maestro. Luego cualquier advertencia sobre el fuego llega derecho al corazón.

Me encantó. Una maravilla.


"La noche se extiende sobre Isengard"

Si bien este libro es un poco mas bélico que la Comunidad del Anillo, sigue teniendo ese sentido de aventura muy marcado, solo que esta vez las cosas van mas rápido, en cada capitulo suceden cosas demasiado importantes que al final desataran una guerra.

Me encanta ver como se chingan a Saruman, porque una cosa es Sauron con su maldad y bla bla bla, el sabe que es malo, la Tierra Media sabe que es malo, pero Saruman, ese bastardo era un amigo, un cabe
The Two Towers is the second part of LOTR. In this installment, the Fellowship is rent and struggles to survive. This book is made up for mirrors and doubling. In the first section, you follow closely the Three Hunters as they hunt their prey across the landscape. With Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, Tolkien presents a group in chase. It feels like a hunt, and it is a hunt of the sagas.
There second trinity is made up of Frodo, Sam, and Gollum. This second threesome echoes in a way the first. They t
Executive Summary: This might be my least favorite of the three, but there is still a lot to love here.

Audio book: Rob Inglis once again does an excellent job. I especially enjoyed his voice for Gollum. I wonder if Andy Serkis based his voice for the movie on this performance. They seem rather similar. Once again the audio is an excellent option for doing these books, though I'd probably skip through all the songs if I could.

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Faramiiiiir. <3

Um, I mean, I'm an adult with a degree and everything and I totally do not have crushes on fictional characters. Ahem.

The Two Towers, of course, involves a good helping of the Anglo-Saxon analogues, the Riders of Rohan, which is always interesting. I did spend some time wondering what Grima Wormtongue would have been like if he were like Gunnlaug Wormtongue of Norse saga: a skald instead of a counsellor, twisting the court with words in a different way... I do wish more people
helen the bookowl
4.5/5 stars.
Once again an amazing book set in an amazing and very creative fantasy world. However, this sequel did drag a bit in some parts, and I had a hard time imagining some of the setting described by the end of the book. Nevertheless, and epic tale that just keeps getting more and more gruesome :)
A comparison: it took me a month to finish The Fellowship of the Ring, and only a little over a week for The Two Towers.

This installment was superior in every way. The characters came to life more, allowing me to see the movie in front of my eyes, and the events were thrilling. There was a bit of humour in it, and I was reading it because I wanted to, not because I was forcing myself.

Having said that, the pace was still rather slow and people need to shut. Up. Characters hold entire monologues o
Douglas Wilson
I have read this multiple times, not sure how many. But just finished it again. Wonderful.
Crystal Starr Light
As with my Fellowship of the Ring review, I'm not going to do a proper review. You've more than likely already decided whether or not to read this; I sincerely doubt that this silly little review will convince you otherwise.

"The Two Towers" is a strange book and movie. It's a strange book because the whole first half/book is about the Quintet - Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin - while the second half/book is all about Sam and Frodo. So if you want to know what Sam/Frodo are up to while
Dylan Horrocks
There's a widespread view that Tolkien is hugely popular and influential despite not being a very good writer. Before starting this third re-read of Lord of the Rings (my first in over 20 years), I tended to go along with that view; I vaguely remembered Tolkien's prose drifting from Enid Blyton to faux Shakespearean silliness, and a plot that oozed and meandered without much depth. I mean, I loved Tolkien deeply and knew that Lord of the Rings had had a profound impact on my life and imagination ...more
David Sarkies
Oct 22, 2015 David Sarkies rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love fantasy literature
Recommended to David by: My Dad
Shelves: fantasy
The Middle Book
28 October 2011

It is not that Tolkien is original with his stories, he is not, but rather it is the way that he uses his knowledge of European literature to create such a colourful and engaging world. His characters are not shallow, nor is he strictly black and white. Granted, there is absolutely nothing good about Sauron, but his better characters are not necessarily pure either. In this regard I think of Gandalf. He is the closest character to what one would consider a good guy
The second installment of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien, was more exciting than the first. For some reason, The Two Towers was a much bigger page turner for me than Fellowship of the Ring. I'm not sure why, perhaps because there were more action scenes. The Battle at the Two Towers was fascinating to me, and not at all like I remembered. I really enjoyed it, even though Tolkien seems to have a minimalist way of writing. He's a good writer, but I find the climati ...more

For someone who's always been so sure that she didn't like fantasy, I've really surprised myself in recent times. Last year was the year of Harry Potter. This is the year of The Lord of the Rings. I realise now that I probably should have read Tolkien before Rowling. That way I would have understood where Rowling got some of her ideas from. (Trees that swallow people ... Giant spiders ...). I suppose if you pretty much invent a genre, lots of writers are going to pay tribute to you.

Anyway, afte
I am surprised at how much better Two Towers was then Fellowship of the Ring. It had a lot less of the (what I thought was) unnecessary descriptions and world building, and was instead more fast paced. The descriptions were relevant to the plot and to be able to see everything clearly, but still managed to make me not lose interest. I feel like there is more focus on the characters and the plot now that the world building is finished. I actually managed to care for the characters now, which I ho ...more
“There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.”

Sorpresa, sorpresa, me encantó este libro. Como el primero, tarde mucho en leerlo porque no tenía tiempo, pero lo poco que podía leer por día lo disfrutaba muchísimo.

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”

Me encariñé muchísimo más con lo
May 31, 2008 Jesse rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Larpers.
"Gimli! Get me more arrows!!!" Thus continues the second book of the Lord of The Ring Trilogy. Like the first one this book is filled with high adventure, deception, and suspense.

The Fellowship has been scattered and three new journeys begin for our band of merry folk. Sam and Frodo begin a quasi-homo erotic jaunt through the land of Mordor with their tricksy companion Gollum. Pippin and Merry help 60 foot talking trees shatter the power of the White Wizard Saruman. And Aragorn begins to lead t
It's obvious that Tolkien crafted his sentences very carefully, in terms of structure as well as word choice. His writing is rich and descriptive, making the reading process a slow one. In my opinion, the books are worth the level of attention they demand. The world Tolkien created here is unbelievably well-thought out and complete. It's so detailed that it could easily be the long-forgotten history of our world-- a better version of our world, perhaps, where darkness is eventually conquered by ...more
I learned that if your castle is being attacked by a bunch of orcs trying to ram down the front door, you should sneak out the side door, kill all the orcs, then run back in the side door.

Magic resolutions handed to the main characters are just as dramatically satisfying as the characters having to figure things out for themselves. If you're 4.

Finally, I don't like reading about the geography of Middle World Earth* as much as Tolkien liked writing about it.


You can definitely see where Tolkien learned from the last book. No scene in this book feels like a waste of time (cough cough, Tom Bombodil!)
The characters feel more fleshed out, more interesting things are happening, and even though I know how each respective book ends and how the trilogy ends, I can't help but to just keep on reading!
J.S. Bailey
At least they didn't think Gandalf was the gardener.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English lan
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