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Of the three volumes of the Lord of the Rings, I think the Two Towers is my favourite. The story retains all the qualities of soft myth that make it so wonderful, and begins to delve into the deeper elements of its emotional content and message even as the plots turn towards ever larger and more stereotypically fantastical battles. Following the cast down so many branching plotlines could have been a challenge for a lesser author, but Tolkien makes the divide almost seamless. The branch in Rohan, following Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas, is probably the plot I most enjoy, but the addition of Gollum to the Ring storyline adds a brilliantly sinister and at the same time hopeful and heartwarming aspect to it. And of course, we get to see even more of the glorious world Tolkien so lovingly crafted for his stories.
Loved everything about this book, especially how it splits the characters and reads almost like two separate novels. The history and lore alongside Tolkien’s descriptive language is almost unrivaled in anything else that I’ve ever read, especially when it comes to fantasy. Damn. I can’t wait to get to RotK and Silmarillion!
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was a worthy sequel to the first novel. It easily carried on from where the first book left off, and contained another interesting plot. I enjoyed seeing more of the adventures of the fellowship, even if they started off separate at the beginning. The branched-out story plot worked well, and added more suspense to each plot. I also loved seeing more of Tolkien’s world, such as the talking trees! The new inclusions were very creative, and transportive. I highly recommend this book! Unlike some other series, this sequel held up to the first book’s standard! @PenelopeScriptor of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The second book in the trilogy is the meatiest of the three, and while it is my least favorite, that by no means makes it inferior to the others; I simply prefer other scenes and imagery in the other books, and that's entirely my opinion.
In this, Part Two of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, we follow Frodo and Sam on a quest to destroy the Ring of Power. Guided by Gollum - not the most trustworthy character - their adventure is fraught with vagaries of deceit.
The second part of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers is a compelling high fantasy drama. In the first half of the book, we follow the remainder of the Fellowship – except Sam and Frodo, who have turned their path aside to take the Ring to Mordor – on their journey to Rohan and Gondor. Tragedies, unexpected friends, and a malevolent uprising growing in Isengard make their road a long and twisting one. During the second half of the book, we shift perspective to Frodo and Sam as they make the harrowing journey to Mordor. Struggling to find their way, they warily accept guidance from an unexpected source. They, too, find surprising friends in the depths of the shadowed wilderness. But there are great challenges still to come for the broken Fellowship, and wisdom seems more important than ever. Danger and betrayal are ever-present. Will the Ring-bearer succeed?
Tolkien weaves a world that not only seems believable, but real. It is as if he is hearkening back across time, to a world and peoples that no longer – but once did – exist. The story is hard to put down, the plot unexpected and ever-evolving, and the characters at once familiar and legendary.
The second book of the trilogy, The Two Towers is an awesome book! Part one follows Aragorn and most of the surviving Fellowship, and part two follows Frodo and Sam. It's a wonderfully well written book that I am very glad to have read.
A fun and quick read. I enjoyed discovering the things that were left out of or altered in the movie.
The great tale of the Ring continues. Now that the Fellowship is broken, the stories diverge. The first part of this book focuses on Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, with a break for Merry and Pippin. The second half tells the tale of Frodo and Sam after they parted from the others.
With breathtaking descriptions of both setting and characters, this book continues on the path set by the first one. As Tolkien guides us deeper into the world of Middle Earth, we get to know more of the terrain and of the characters. Exciting and full of suspense and mystery, this book delves into more of the lore and history of the fascinating land and develops each character on this long, perilous journey.
If you want to know more of Frodo and company, this is the book for you. The great depth of writing in this series may make some people bored, but many more have fallen in love with Middle Earth. Which side are you on?
The second installment in the trilogy is awesome! While it wasn't better than the The Fellowship of the Ring, it was very good literature. You need to read these in order!!!
This book move much faster than the Fellowship of the Ring. As Tolkien splits up the Fellowship into two groups, he also moves to split the book into two distinct halves, both equally enjoyable in their own right. The book continues to develop the character relationships and introduce a whole slew of new characters at the same time. The world continues to unfurl as the Fellowship continues their march into the unknown and Tolkien's writing really shines throughout the whole of this book.
This book divides the narrative of the fellowship (now broken) into two separate narratives, each taking up one half of the book. The first half, involving Aragon, Legolas, and Gimli, are fascinating and quick. The action is wonderful, the characters colorfully drawn, and the narrative engaging. The second half, with Frodo, Sam, and the loathsome creature Gollum, carrying the ring to Mordor, is less engaging, but also shorter and faster. Tolkien wisely keeps the narrative with the ring-bearer brisk and short, since their journey mainly involves walking, rather than war (as in the first half of the book). I remember when I was younger and I read these books for the first time, I thought The Two Towers was dreadfully slow, but this time I found myself hanging on every word. I can't wait to read the final portion of Tolkien's signature work. The Lord of the Rings is not a trilogy, but rather a singular book published in three volumes, and it is one of the finest works of fiction ever put on paper.
I really do like this series. More perhaps than I thought I would. I admit the second half didn't intrigue me as much as the first, but I think this is due mainly to the fact that the first half had pretty much all of my favorite characters in it, which kept it interesting and captivating. Seriously, I just love Merry and Pippin and how amazing they are at being little comic reliefs and voices of relaxation. Plus Gimli and Legolas' friendship is one of the greatest things ever.
I haven't yet watched this movie all the way through but I feel from what I do know that the film deviated more from this book than perhaps the Fellowship. If so, hopefully it changed for the better and didn't take anything away from the storyline.
Daring escapes, fearsome battles, wicked creatures and lights in the darkness come together to make this fascinating, timeless tale. This book did nothing to diminish the first of the series (I actually think I like this one more than book one) and it was a wonderful (if not slow) read.
I'm hoping the next and last book makes me want to read chapters of Sam and Frodo. I like them well enough, but I get weary of their chapters when the story continues in their perspective after a while.
The Fellowship has broken, and, awkwardly enough, so has the narrative. I mean that in an editorial sense. In this middle volume Tolkein has split story into two, cleanly separated smaller volumes—one follows Aragorn and company throughout the land of Rohan, and the other follows Sam and Frodo on their quest to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring.
Tolkein keeps the tension high as the forces of Sauron conspire to locate the Ring of Power in order to secure Sauron's dominant reign over Middle Earth. Saruman the White is but a mere puppet in this pursuit even though he himself has fallen under the Ring's powerful seduction.
I've seen the Peter Jackson movies a dozen times since last reading The Two Towers book and I'm surprised at how much the movie shows the audience versus what is only spoken of in the book (e.g. the Ents charge on Isengard). Also, the movie corrects the divided storyline problem by mercifully intercutting both.
It is slow for first time readers of fantasy, but is a classic all the same. Look into some of the mythology put in this book, and you'll be entranced.
The book was slow and hard to read sometimes, but it was very good overall. It probably took me the longest to get through out of all three books. I still highly recommend it, though. You have to read it, especially if you are reading the rest of the series. Don't skip it! Great book!
This book is OK. I do wish, though, it ended on a happier note, than having Frodo a prisoner of the Orcs.