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The Two Towers

(The Lord of the Rings #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  790,147 ratings  ·  12,773 reviews
The second part of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS

The Company of the Ring is sundered. Frodo and Sam continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin — alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

Thus continues the classic tale begun in The Fellowship of the Ring, which reaches its awesome climax in Th
Paperback, New Reset Edition (UK / CAN), 464 pages
Published March 19th 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published November 11th 1954)
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chris fidler If you are reading a book because you like a movie, you are reading for the wrong reason. I notice most of the answers to this question are people who…moreIf you are reading a book because you like a movie, you are reading for the wrong reason. I notice most of the answers to this question are people who probably expected Lord of the Rings to be like Game of Thrones, where the books were written with specific actors in mind for the roles, and that is not what this is. All the people who discover Tolkien after reading modern fantasy need to realise that their beloved books were derived from this source material. The reason you find it boring is no modern writer took the initiative to flesh out a complete world and history like Tolkien, because he already laid the foundation for them. So, if of reads like a history book, it's because it sort of is- not just for Middle Earth, but for every book with tall elves and heroic dwarves or anything else fantastic.(less)
Arunothia Marappan Definitely Sam! Such a selfless love he has for Frodo <3

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Sean Barrs
Another Tolkien review? Yep, I’m putting out another Tolkien review. I’m on a mission, a mission to review everything written by Tolkien. And I literally mean everything. I’ve read most of his works, so I’m starting with those first before I move on to the few I haven’t read (there’s not many).This is all preparation, and a readdress of his writings, before I delve into Christopher Tolkien’s twelve book The History of Middle-Earth later on this year. Yep, I’m that much of a Tolkien nerd.

I’ve be
Muhtasin Fuad
The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings,#2) by J.R.R. Tolkien

As usual, Tolkien’s writing is superb. He creates such a complex and detailed world that is so entertaining. In this book, the Fellowship of the Ring, which was formed in the first book, has fallen apart. Now, Frodo and Sam, as a companion, try to pass the gates of Mordor with the Ring. Merry and Pippin meet the oldest race in Middle-earth. Meanwhile, Aragorn, Gimli and, Legolas-prepare for the final battle. And that will determine the fate
Ahmad Sharabiani
(494 From 1001 Books) - The Two Towers (The Lord of The Rings, #2), J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien

The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. It is preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring and followed by The Return of the King.

Awakening from a dream of Gandalf the Grey battling the Balrog, Frodo Baggins and his friend Samwise Gamgee find themselves lost in the Emyn Muil near Mordor and soon become aware that they are being stalked by Goll
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing… this shadow. Even darkness must pass.”

Friendship, hope, resilience, faith, justice, and bravery; these days, good-hearted with no grey morality characters are much easie
The hope for saving Middle-Earth continues!


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.
Paul E. Morph
The second act of the classic Lord Of The Rings saga is divided into two halves; the second half focussing on Frodo, Sam and Gollum and the first half focussing on the rest of the divided fellowship.
To be honest, I love this book so much, it's virtually impossible for me to write a balanced review. If you're also a fan, you know exactly what I mean, so I'll leave it there. :-D

Buddy read with Sunshine Seaspray.


Re-read in 2017: If anything, I love it
Hannah Greendale
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Jonathan Cullen
Feb 08, 2011 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
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For as long as I can remember, I have loved serial fiction and saga stories. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and associated books by J.R.R. Tolkien are a treasure. I first found the books when I was 14 and had to re-read again when the movies came out in the last decade or so. The second book, The Two Towers, was a worth follow-up, enhancing every original love I had with the story. I'm generally not a fan of the fantasy genre, and have only read perhaps 20 books in total, l
Emily May
Mar 26, 2011 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
Michael Finocchiaro
One of my favorite books with extraordinary battles and wonderful writing.
The two towers are the symbols of religious and political malfeasance both affronted by Bilbo and the Fellowship of the Ring along with their allies in some of the most visual scenes of battle ever written.

Tolkien switches the storytelling technique of the Quest which served him so well in The Hobbit, or There and Back Again and The Fellowship of the Ring. Following Boromir's temporary insanity at the end of the previous
Glenn Sumi
Herewith Some Notes On My Inaugural Journey Through The Second Volume Of Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings

Me after staying up all night reading The Two Towers

I liked The Fellowship Of The Ring , but this book made me love Tolkien’s Middle-Earth epic. Some of the writing is astonishing (see quotes below). The author handles various storylines – the fellowship has scattered, after all – gracefully. And after having two of its main characters (and their slimy guide) spend a lot of time climbi
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 23, 2009 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
2020: I noticed the two curses placed on Gollum, from Frodo and Faramir, foreshadowing the end, and wonder if Tolkien intended this as prophecy or irony. Also, Sam asks Frodo about Gollum, hero or foe. It's an interesting question: evil but he accomplished the task that saved Middle Earth. The energy and ecstasy, the desire to never leave this world, the reality of the characters. Overwhelmed again, like reading from a different mind. The descriptions of evil horrified me, so vivid and pure, una ...more
Tharindu Dissanayake
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"The wise speak only of what they know,"
"Dawn is ever the hope of men,"

That settles it. I'm going to stop watching any more movies, not until I've read the book. It's not that I have anything against the movie, for I love it, it's just that I couldn't help but picture most scenes as they appeared in the movie. How different it would've been if I were to read this first, I wonder.

"Few can foresee whither their road will lead them, till they come to its end."

As the lay of the land for middle earth
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, tolkien
24/25 (96%) 5 stars.
'I was going to find a way into Mordor,’ he said faintly. ‘I was going to Gorgoroth. I must find the Mountain of Fire and cast the thing into the gulf of Doom. Gandalf said so. I do not think I shall ever get there.’


The second movie was my introduction to Lord of the Rings: sometime in my teens, I wanted to watch 'Braveheart‘ on TV, and I ended up watching 'The Two Towers' instead – right in the middle of the Battle of Helm‘s Deep. I don’t remember the year, but it was E
I have to say, this one drags a little more than Fellowship, but it's still a heck of a ride.

It's split clean down the middle: Book 3 deals with Aragorn and friends as they journey in pursuit of the orcs, encountering many new friends along the way, while Book 4 continues Frodo's journey towards the Cracks of Doom.

What I love most about this installment is all the new characters. Finally we learn a little more of Rohan and Gondor and the people that inhabit those lands. Eomer is one of my favour
Rereading The Lord of the Rings in German is an interesting exercise; as usual, not knowing the language well and being forced to go slowly makes me notice aspects I missed or skipped over on earlier visits. Two things in particular stood out. First, and I guess this comes from first being exposed to Tolkien at age 10, I had somehow managed to block out the fact that Frodo is obviously gay. I outlined this theory for my friend E, who shares my passion for Scandinavian languages and Middle Earth ...more
Jason Koivu
Nov 23, 2008 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
Dannii Elle
First Read: December 2018, Rating: 5/5 stars
Second Read: September 201, Rating: 5/5 stars

I'm looking forward to completing this infamous trilogy but I'm putting it off as I seem to be unable to say goodbye to these beloved characters.

In my review for The Fellowship of the Ring I stated that my familiarity with the film acted as a barrier, in some areas, when it differed from the original book it was based upon. However, it also helped me to bond with all the many elves and dwarves and hobbits, a
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
I just felt overwhelmingly ambivalent about this book and I’m sad about it ok
Iryna *Book and Sword*
“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.”

This second installment (or the middle of the book to be more correct) is phenomenal. If you had some trouble trudging thought the songs and the first and second breakfasts in the first book, this book is your reward. The story, the characters, the sass! The Two T
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As this is my third reread of this book, so I'm not going to write a long-winded review, as I think I've said most of what needs to be said about this book in a previous review.
This book is still as amazingly beautiful, as the first time I read it. The only thing I am certain of, is that Tolkien's works never tire in your mind, and they somehow become even better, each time you read them. I just love this trilogy.
Anish Kohli
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anish: This book is a vast, VAST improvement on the last one!
People: Really? And yet you rated it 4 stars while you rated the last one 5 stars!
Anish: Yeah well, for me this book had a couple of problems...
People: Really? Are you even serious? Do you not know what you have just read? Who you've read?
Anish: I do know that and it has nothing to do with penmenship but...
People: For shame, Anish, for shame! What do you have to say for yourself?
Anish: This is what I have to say...

R.K. Gold
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well two down and one to go. One of the first things I have to say about this book is WOW the battle of Helm's Deep was short. Since I saw the movies before reading the books, so much of what I saw is superimposed over the words I'm reading. This is probably the first book series I've read, after seeing the movies, where I feel like seeing the movies helped. I tip my hat to Peter Jackson, personally, after reading the first two parts of the Lord of the Rings, I think he did a fantastic job with ...more
Aug 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The epic adventure continues... I adore the way Tolkien describes landscapes and nature - this is actually my favourite parts of the book.
Whitney Atkinson
I feel guilty rating this book because I kid you not, I just BARELY absorbed anything in this book. I listened to it on audio, and I was maybe only attentive for 50% of that experience. It doesn't help that my professor gets so off track during class that we never actually discuss what we've read, so I don't have any incentive to read what we've been assigned. This series is definitely something I want to revisit in the future when I'm not skim-reading it out of a 10-pound series bindup and I do ...more
Spencer Orey
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obvs still one of the all time classics. It feels silly to give it a rating.

This time around I was grateful for the movie because the buildup to and battle at Helms Deep was so so boring to read. Whenever there isn't a hobbit in focus, when we're left with the world of men, the book loses its wandering thorough landscape fun and becomes almost a summary of action. But horses and riders and battle are exactly the kind of thing that's becomes more exciting in a movie.

Anyway the Merry and Pippin ch
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“The cold hard lands,
they bites our hands,
they gnaws our feet.
The rocks and stones
are like old bones
all bare of meat.
But stream and pool
is wet and cool:
so nice for feet!
Get Down!”

Yesss, we love rock ‘n’ roll, don’t we, Precious? The nassty hobbitses they hates it. Dust and ashes! Those nassty thieving disco dancing hobbitses, we hates them!

I often heard that the LOTR trilogy is one book published as three, I have always thought it was some kind of hyperbole, but no, having just read The
It's sometimes hard to complain about one of your favorite books, but here I go, comparing it to the damn movie and making my complaints. :)

... the movie has much better pacing. I mean, damn, I love how it improved on the book by switching between PoV's like that! No sticking with Aragorn and company and THEN sticking with Merry and Pippin, etc. And then the battles were all pretty much superior in the movies, but we're spoiled. Super spoiled.

BUT I really really HATE how the movie adds freaking
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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

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