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

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The standard hardcover edition of the second volume of The Lord of the Rings includes a large format fold-out map. 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 Mo ...more
Hardcover, Second Edition, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 1988 by Houghton Mifflin Company (first published November 11th 1954)
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Clare T. I tried to read this book when I was a teenager and, like you, became bogged down and couldn't finish it.

My advice to you? Put it aside for now, but…more
I tried to read this book when I was a teenager and, like you, became bogged down and couldn't finish it.

My advice to you? Put it aside for now, but come back to it when you're older and have read more books. That's what I did, and I've read LOTR several times now as an adult. I just finished TTT again and I enjoyed it even more for the very things that used to bore me: the beautiful descriptive language and the dialogue. (less)
Mark Adkins For me my favourite character in this book is Aragorn (AKA Strider). Of course the hard part is separating this book from the trilogy as it was…moreFor me my favourite character in this book is Aragorn (AKA Strider). Of course the hard part is separating this book from the trilogy as it was intended to be just one big novel. (less)
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Alejandro
The hope for saving Middle-Earth continues!


THE FELLOWSHIP IS BROKEN

There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.

So much for the fellowship made of representative of the races of good in the Middle-Earth with the task of destroying The One Ring in the hellish fires of Mount Doom, located right inside of Sauron’s domains.

Members fell, member got tempted by The One Ring, members got trapped, the journey now has two roads and it’s not certain which way is the right one. Maybe
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Kane
Feb 09, 2011 Kane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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K.D. Absolutely
Jun 07, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jason Koivu
Feb 03, 2016 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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 f
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Caris
Jul 24, 2010 Caris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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,
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Emily May
Apr 08, 2011 Emily May rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Laz
Jan 28, 2015 Laz rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Becky
Nov 27, 2015 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quickie review:
-This book contains my favorite non-fellowship character: Faramir. His family situation is dealt with more in the next book, but the fact that he turned out so good and fair, as shown in this book, makes me just love him. He is badass when necessary and wise when that is necessary, and generally gets to the point with only a minimum of the usual plethora of talk first.

- There's one single named woman in this book, and that's Eowyn. She got short shrift in this book, much like Arw
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Vanessa
Nov 24, 2015 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-tbr
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
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Franco  Santos
Jan 31, 2015 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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

Me encantó. Una maravilla.
Stephen
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
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Kevin Cambronero
Jan 09, 2016 Kevin Cambronero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía
Una mano quemada es el mejor maestro. Luego cualquier advertencia sobre el fuego llega derecho al corazón.

Me gustó más que el anterior, sin duda. Pasan más cosas, y por mi parte había más interés en lo que sucedía. En general me pareció bastante emocionante. Además, ahora que la Compañía está separada, hay dos historias paralelas, una en el oeste, con batallas aquí y allá, y otra en el este, acercándose el portador y sus acompañantes cada vez más a Mordor. Eso se me hizo muy ameno.

Sentí un cambi
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Denisse
Aug 05, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
PERFECT!

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"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
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Chris
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
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Rob
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.

Full Review
I'm not going to spend much time reviewing this book. Not
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Brian
2015 Update

I didn’t expect this, but my fourth read thrilled me more than the last three. I found nothing to criticize here. I believe my reading skills have strengthened this year because I’ve increased my daily reading and writing. Where I would wander in my mind before, I find I can follow the words into deeper descriptions. The imagery in this book transports the mind into a real place. No movie can do this. I’ve experienced utmost pleasure in these pages, and have closed the book at night
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Nikki
Nov 16, 2012 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Inge
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
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helen the bookowl
May 11, 2015 helen the bookowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Douglas Wilson
Sep 21, 2015 Douglas Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this multiple times, not sure how many. But just finished it again. Wonderful.
Dylan Horrocks
May 31, 2012 Dylan Horrocks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
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
midnightfaerie
Apr 09, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Sahiba
Jan 30, 2016 Sahiba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Joyful, as always. Full review- http://wp.me/p4LMeC-vX
Antonella

-¿Las grandes historias no terminan nunca?
-No, nunca terminan como historias. Pero los protagonistas llegan a ellas, y se van cuando han cumplido su parte. También la nuestra terminará, tarde...o quizá temprano."


Cuando pensas que todo iba a estar bien y...



Yo llamaría a este libro "El señor de los anillos: se pudrió todo".
La historia empieza ni bien terminó el anterior pero de una manera distinta.
Tolkien nos plantea 3 puntos de vista distintos, algo que al principio no me convencía pero al fi
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Lotz
Aug 26, 2015 Lotz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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David Sarkies
Oct 22, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Kim
Mar 21, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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Kristin
Why I can't write a proper review for this book:

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I actually consider this one of my two favorite books of all time. The other is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
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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 .

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