The Two Towers

The Two Towers

Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings

Book - 1997
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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.

Publisher: London, Eng. : HarperCollins, 1997, ©1966.
ISBN: 9780261103580
Characteristics: x, 725 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,20 cm.
Alternative Title: Lord of the rings


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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.

Dec 30, 2019

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.

bibliosara Dec 07, 2019

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.

Jul 16, 2019

A fun and quick read. I enjoyed discovering the things that were left out of or altered in the movie.

May 21, 2019

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?

Jan 27, 2018

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!!!

acardona305 Jan 07, 2018

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.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Jan 05, 2018

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.

Aug 02, 2017

A little bit darker than the first book; still intensely spellbinding.

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Dec 30, 2019

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 . . .

Oct 29, 2019

“Don't leave me here alone! It's your Sam calling. Don't go where I can't follow! Wake up, Mr. Frodo!”

Oct 29, 2019

“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.”

brmcg Aug 22, 2016

“There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Jul 13, 2015

-Samwise Gamgee

Oct 22, 2013

"I'd cut off your head, dwarf, if it stood but a little higher from the ground." -Eomer

Various reproachful names for himself came to Sam's mind, drawn from the Gaffer's (father) large parental word-hoard.


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Jan 27, 2018

Coarse Language: Orcs, when speaking to each other are a little rough.

Jan 27, 2018

Violence: violence in some chapters.

Apr 11, 2013

Violence: pretty mild violence but still there


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Dec 30, 2019

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.

Jul 13, 2015

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.

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