The Two Towers
Being the Second Part of The Lord of the RingsBook - 1997
Building on the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the second part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien's own design, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth.
Frodo and the 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 the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs.
Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin - alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
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Like it isn't enough that this, Part Two of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, is filled with new dangers and intrigues at every turn, Tolkien throws Gollum into the mix . . .
“Don't leave me here alone! It's your Sam calling. Don't go where I can't follow! Wake up, Mr. Frodo!”
“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.”
“There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers
"I'd cut off your head, dwarf, if it stood but a little higher from the ground." -Eomer
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Fraught with deceipt, THE TWO TOWERS (Ballantine Books, $2.95) follows Frodo and the gang on their quest to save Middle Earth. Like it isn't enough that this, Part Two of THE LORD OF THE RINGS, is filled with new dangers and intrigues at every turn, Tolkien throws Gollum into the mix - a creature reduced to the schizophrenic hell of knowing not his own mind - thus emphasizing the internal struggle between good and evil.
In the second part of Lord of the Rings, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas arrive at Rohan in the midst of their search for missing Merry and Pippin and meet an old friend. Meanwhile, the two hobbits find themselves kidnapped by the Uruk-hai to be taken to Saruman, but escape into the feared Fangorn Forest, where they meet an unlikely friend. Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the Ring, but meeting an enemy along the way (who proves quite helpful) may not have been a chance.