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

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The second instalment of the epic tale, The Lord of the Rings.
The original BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatazation broadcast version of these recordings was released in 1987, 1995, 2000.

Running time: 4:30
Audio CD, BBC Radio collection, 4 pages
Published February 4th 2002 by BBC Audiobooks (first published November 11th 1954)
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Clare Walker 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)
Isabel Coffey-Corrigan I think my favourite character is Sam. He is just so loyal to Frodo and is quite a lovable character.

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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. Maybe
Bookdragon Sean
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
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
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
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 climbing up
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
Alex Farrand
The Two Towers is the second novel of the trilogy The Lord of the Rings. The companions are split to do their own bidding for the cause against darkness that is coming over their world. One group fights Saruman. The other group searches their way to Mordor with the ring's burden. What perils await? Will they come out on top?

*Smacks face with book and cries out "I LOVE YOU"*

This is one of the greatest novels that I have ever read. I bet everything has been said about this trilogy, so I will try t
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
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
جان رونالد روئل تالکین، در جبهه های جنگ جهانی اول در فرانسه شرکت کرد، در نبرد "سُم" که بیش از یک میلیون نفر در آن کشته و زخمی شدند. و بنا به گفته ی خودش هیچ یک از دوستانش از آن نبرد زنده برنگشتند.
تالکین به علت ابتلا به تب خندق، بیماری ای که بین سربازان جنگ جهانی اول که در خندق ها کمین گرفته بودند شیوع پیدا کرده بود، از خدمت مرخص شد و به انگلستان بازگشت. در طول دوره ی نقاهت، یادداشت های اولیه ی خطّه ی میانه را نوشت، که در طول جنگ جهانی دوم، به خلق "ارباب حلقه ها" منجر شد.

تالکین، هر چند انکار کرده
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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, less than
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
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
2016 Update

I'm grateful I abandoned the movies. The book reads in a different way, yet I feel the movies present a dazzling and significant interpretation. The books start to take on an earthy, ancient, Pagan-like feel. I'm not talking about the Dragnet version of Pagan; I mean the earth religion, the ancient one, before my own religion oppressed them and categorized them with an evil entity they didn't even believe in.

I also experienced some personal revelations for my life, and a glimpse of th
Dec 20, 2013 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
Liam Degnan
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
“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.”

4 Stars

Sooooo I originally said I’d have this review up on the day that I finished it. And I basically did. But like I typed up literally 75% of what was a decently long review, all nicely formatted, only to have my computer glitch out on me, and I lost it
Nov 23, 2015 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
I'm not sure why it took me so long to finally pick up Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings; I love fantasy and this is such a godfather read in that genre, as with its sub-genres. Every time a movie would come out a distant clonk would crash about in my head as a reminder that I should dive into the books at some point but our paths just never crossed at the right time. Either I was reading something else or I took a moment to stand in front of the books at the library, quietly intimidated with wher ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the LOTR books and there are no words I can use to describe the beauty of the prose and the beautiful, absolutely stupendous wordplay that's been used to create life like imagery. Seriously, there is a reason why LOTR series is considered the finest work of the 20th century. There is no parallel to it. It has inspired generations of writers and will continue to do so for many centuries to come. Before I get to my favourite phrases from Book 4 and 5 or ‘The Two Towers’, a few lines about t ...more
Abbie (ab_reads)
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Review to come!
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Don't go where I can't follow...
- dearest Samwise Gamgee
یه کتاب دیگه مونده و از همین حالا دلتنگم... دلتنگ سموایز گمجی، گندالف، آراگورن، و همه و همه ی دوست داشتنی های دنیای ارباب حلقه ها.
خرداد 96

May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Franco  Santos
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  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.


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

Me encantó. Una maravilla.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had forgotten how much Frodo and Sam's parts bored me, but still. Wonderful read. Also, Frodo and Sam are so gay for each other, it's ridiculous.
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
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
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish that the bad guys won. Smeagol is my favourite character after this book and I can't help but wish he managed to actually take over the story and have his own adventures. He's a sad little creature, but he's the most interesting one for me and I can't help but to root for him.

I think having read many different fantasy books in the past, the 'good' characters do just kind of bore me. However, this book (well, the second half!) had way more 'bad' characters and I really liked those bits.

Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin Cambronero
Sep 22, 2015 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
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


"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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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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