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

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  344,891 ratings  ·  4,242 reviews
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 1954)
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Jonathan Cullen
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...more
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
Caris
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,...more
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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Nikki
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...more
Jeannette
I really enjoy the character development in the second book of the trilogy. We get to see how faithful and steadfast Sam and Frodo are to the quest, and to each other. And, I always enjoy seeing the friendship grow between Legolas and Gimli. This may be my favorite of the three.

re-read April 2012
Kim

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...more
midnightfaerie
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
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...more
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
bup
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 as much as Tolkien liked writing about it.
Brandon Pearce
For a review of TLOR in general read my review of The Silmarillion. These are some additional thoughts on issues taht come up on the books.
On page 277 Tolkien recounts the reforging of Narsil, Aragorn’s sword, which he renames Andruil, Flame of the West. The sword is made by elvish smiths who alone have the skill to remake the sword and pour into it the magic that it needs to accomplish its mission. Elvish swords are mentioned throughout the book as being imbued with special powers. Elvish blad...more
Jesse
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...more
Jann
This was my favorite book of The Lord of the Rings, which is unusual because, as the middle section, it has really no beginning and no end. I think that's what made it so strong. You're really just following the journey, which it intense enough in itself without having to worry about the backstory or the future. You're just living in the moment with the characters. Plus, who can forget the literary version of the battle at Helm's Deep?
J.S. Bailey
At least they didn't think Gandalf was the gardener.
Patrícia
Nasceu em Bloemfontein, no Estado Livre de Orange, na África do Sul a 3 de Janeiro de 1892 mas ficou conhecido como uma das personalidades britânicas mais famosas de sempre. Veio para Inglaterra e perdeu ambos os pais cedo, tendo sido criado por um padre jesuíta que, juntamente com a sua mãe foi a influência religiosa de Tolkien e como um segundo pai para o autor. Casou com o amor da sua vida Edith Bratt em 1916, oito anos depois de a ter conhecido e no ano em que partiu para participar na I Gue...more
Maud
(regarding entire series)

What could I possibly say about the Lord of the Rings? When it comes down to it, I've never really been in the position to dislike it. It has always been in my life; I have this vivid memory of sitting by the fireplace in our old house, my dad reading to my brother and me out of his ancient, dirt-green 1970 version. (It's still floating around in the house somewhere. The cover has almost fallen off and the papers are so thin I'm too scared to turn them.) Old friends of h...more
Nikki
Adding another edition of a book I've already read to denote a reread. Not sure how much new I have to say about this one. There's plenty of parallels to medieval literature to be found, at least -- the Riders of Rohan, for one, and the theory of "Northern courage", which I noticed especially in Sam -- and maybe some of the Christian undertones, with Gandalf. Though I remain unsure how convincing I find people's comparisons of Gandalf and Jesus.

Last time I reread this I described the second half...more
Anushka
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome another member to the Lord of The Rings fandom! :D

I LOVED this book. Even though I think it was less adventurous than the first one but I liked it better and now I've become a certified fan.

Greatest Epic Fantasy of our time? I have no doubt about that.

Namratha Kumar
The Fellowship has broken. Gandalf vanished into the pits of Moria, Boromir died a hero's death, Merry and Pippin were abducted by the Uruk-Hai, Frodo decided to journey on alone to Mount Doom, his trusty gardener and friend, Samwise Gamgee obviously accompanied him and the grim trio of Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli had to decide the best path for themselves.

As the quest members make their choices, we take a long, and I mean really, really long hiking trip through Middle-Earth. Along the way we enc...more
Nati
"y de haber sabido mas antes de partir, no estaríamos aquí seguramente. Aunque me imagino que así ocurre a menudo. Las azañas de las que hablan las antiguas leyendas y canciones, Señor Frodo, las aventuras, como yo las llamaba. Yo pensaba que los personajes maravillosos de las leyendas salían en busca de aventuras porque querían tenerlas, y les parecían excitantes, y en cambio la vida era un poco aburrida: una especie de juego, por así decir. Pero con las historias que importaban de veras, o con...more
Inés Izal
Sin duda, es mi favorito de los tres.
Aquí empieza el verdadero infierno, y ya no hay vuelta atrás para nadie.
Las últimas 100 páginas son increíbles.
Flora
The Two Towers continues this series' tradition of phenomenal storytelling and massive, intricate attention to detail. Added in this installment are a few very satisfying developments (read: battles et cetera) which heighten the intrigue and enjoyment.

That being said, the second part of the book, which follows Sam and Frodo's further journey to Mordor, is noticeably slower and far less entertaining to read, at times becoming somewhat challenging through their sheer.. well, uneventfulness. But I...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
A great adventure, full of excitment. A little easier to read since we got most of the staging done in the previous book. I must admit I'm not a big fan of war and battle scenes and I did skim a little to get through them. But I read enough that I can still claim to have read this without guilt.
Grace
Yes, it did take me this long to read The Two Towers. Not because it was a horrible dry and dull book, but because I turned into a snail. No really. See the ooze? *points*

Random reactions because I’m not writing any form of “official” review:

One of my favorite relationships in this is Gimli and Legolas. Seriously. They make me happy. Followed quickly by Pippin and Merry. Pippin and Merry after (view spoiler)...more
sj
I hosted a group read over the summer of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings called Puttin' the Blog in Balrog. It was a lot of fun and many people participated. Condensed below are my posts for this book. If you'd like to read the rest (or see what the other participants posted), you can find links to everything here.

When we left our little group, they'd started to fracture. Boromir tried to steal the Ring from Frodo, so Frodo and Sam took off for Mordor by themselves. Boromir came back and gave a...more
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE, was an English writer, poet,WWI veteran (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 language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a cl...more
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