to take the Ring from him; and that he truly regretted . by the Dark Lord and made to do Sauron's bidding. The Two Towers book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The Fellowship was scattered. Some were bracing hopelessly for wa. The middle novel in The Lord of the Rings—the greatest fantasy epic of all time— which began in The Fellowship of the Ring, and which reaches its magnificent.
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The book presents us with the richest profusion of new lands and creatures, from the beauty The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings. The Two Towers is the second novel in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. The differences between J.R.R. Tolkien's book, The Two Towers, and Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers are very difficult to document.
The hobbits are given some of the nourishment of the Ents, Ent-draught , which causes them to grow.
Treebeard then calls a council of the Ents, or an Entmoot. There, Treebeard and another Ent named Quickbeam persuade the Ent council to oppose the menace posed to the forest by the wizard Saruman, as suggested by Merry and Pippin, as Treebeard realizes that Saruman's minions have been cutting down large numbers of their trees to fuel the furnaces needed for Saruman's arming of his dark army.
The Ents then lead the entire forest toward Isengard. Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas then go into Fangorn and surmise that the forest feels as if it is about to explode. Shortly afterward, the three meet Gandalf again, they at first take him to be Saruman , whom they believed had perished in the mines of Moria.
He tells them of his fall into the abyss, his battle to the death with the Balrog and his resurrection and his enhanced power. Gandalf tells them that Merry and Pippin are safe, and then summarizes the situation. Gandalf then tells them to ride to the fortress of the Hornburg, in the valley of Helm's Deep. Gandalf rides away before the battle begins, though he gives no reason for doing so. They are able to weather several assaults until things begin to go ill with Rohan.
The tide now turns in Rohan's favour, and Saruman's orcs flee into a forest of Huorns , creatures similar to Ents, and none escape alive. When they come to the Isen River, they find that the river is dry and that steams are coming up from the Wizard's Vale. When they reach Isengard, they discover that it is completely flooded and the central tower of Orthanc besieged by the Ents, with Saruman and Wormtongue trapped inside.
Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli reunite with Merry and Pippin and catch each other up on their various fortunes and what happened in Isengard. The hobbits tell the tale of how the Ents nearly caught Saruman after the Uruk-hai marched out to Rohan. The Huorns followed the Uruk-hai, but the Ents attacked Isengard, only to be foiled by the magic of Orthanc and the fire of Saruman's machinery.
The Ents then flooded Isengard by damming and diverting the Isen. Gandalf and the entire company then go to Orthanc. Gandalf then offers Saruman a chance to repent, but Saruman is too proud and refuses.
Gandalf quickly takes it from Pippin. Pippin, unable to resist the urge, looks into it and encounters the Eye of Sauron , but emerges unscathed from the ordeal. Gandalf then realizes at last the link between Isengard and Mordor and how Saruman fell at last into evil.
How can you have as your personal advisor somebody running with the name of Grima Wormtongue! But only of hope. Hope is not victory. When there is nowhere to run away? Don't go where I can't follow! While Merry and Pippin were traveling with Frodo out of a family thing, for Sam was basically a unpaid job imposed on him.
But no. Not Sam. Sam keeps walking, keeps looking out for his master Frodo and keeps to amaze due his honest loyalty, his unconditional friendship and his unbelievable willpower.
View all 33 comments. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. View all 14 comments. Feb 08, Jonathan rated it it was amazing. A review of Lord of the Rings: 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. B A review of Lord of the Rings: Every week a member discusses his or her public failure.
This is the transcript from my week. Hello, my name is Sauron, and it's been 56 years since the publication of my defeat. Hello Sauron! I'm…I'm not sure where to start. I just don't think I've been given a fair shake. I recently emailed an op-ed piece to the editor of the Times.
Crusty old cracker. It looked like my email was blocked so I tried another. None of them worked: Anyways, my point is that none of this was my fault.
I mean, things started off fine. That Boromir got what he deserved. I've never tried to destroy someone who cared more about their hair! General Zod: Can anyone help me!!?? Agent Smith: Shut the hell up windowboy! Thank you. Darth Maul: Darth Vader: You'll have to excuse my associate.
HAL Just what do you think you're doing, Dave? Can anyone stop this light bulb from saying that every week! Moby Dick: Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuuuuuflllllllllllllllllll Agent Smith: Jesus, now the whale is talking. Randall Flagg: If I may continue. Helm's Deep. My grandma could have tossed that joint before breakfast.
But instead of sending her wheelchair-bound ass in to lead the charge I chose an Uruk-hai. In retrospect, since I took the time to hatch those suckers, I could have included some dolphin or chimpanzee in the mix to boost the IQ a little. Or at least supplied them with better loincloths. One Uruk-hai had a bad habit of talking to me while his leg was up on the table. We don't need to see that. Every time I looked at his multi-coloured eyes I wanted to puke.
That was pretty dumb. I also regret relying on that damn Palantir for global communications! That freakin snowglobe basically told me that everything was going just fine. These days Saruman would have just texted me something like, "Yo, Sauron, we may have an issue. You know, man invented fire like 10, years ago.
Jabba the Hutt: Sorry, I got here late. Has that loser Sauron started yet? I shall avenge you. Anyways, where was I? Oh yeah, Shelob. Stephen King's made me afraid of clowns and spiders. I don't want to discuss that bitch. You see, their young enter through the ears and wrap themselves around the cerebral cortex. This has the effect of rendering the victim extremely susceptible to suggestion. Later, as they grow, follows madness and death.
That's why Kirk can beat you while simultaneous boinking a green chick. You're pathetic. Go back to selling coffee or whatever you've been doing. This is getting me nowhere. I never should have signed up for this.
And there's no fracking way I'm writing a review of my demise in The Return of the King. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuuuuuflllllllllllllllllll [end transmission] View all 20 comments. Jan 07, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Book Review 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. 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 Book Review For as long as I can remember, I have loved serial fiction and saga stories.
But something about these books absolutely stands out among to me as a truly amazing series. I liken it to Star Wars as a movie and film phenomena, when it comes to the saga story. But this one started out as a set of books, which makes it even more fantastic The first one introduces everything and sets the stage. The last one is the epic battle. The middle one Full of history, secrets, revelations, explanations But you also get a little overwhelmed with the sheet amount to remember.
But I like that about it too. And to tell the story of dark versus light. To see people you love fall to their death. To think so much will change for the worse.
It's a challenge to decide which part of the story to love most. If you've not read the series, it's probably pages in its entirety. I still think you should read it You can't read out of order. Then let's chat again! About Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT. I write A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https: Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. View all 6 comments. Jul 15, Paul E.
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.
If anything, I love it 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.
If anything, I love it more than ever now. Tolkien's high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings.
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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 a cliff, the book ends on one whopper of a cliffhanger. I love the ecological theme — destroying the countryside to fuel industry and war has consequences!
With the exception of Here it is. Wasn't his, you know name , a clue to his character? Shame they had to cut down the exchange for the movie. And I love Saruman's coat-of-many-colours, which would have been too gaudy or campy for the film, I guess. It went on forever and I had a hard time getting oriented.
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I was bored enough here to put the book down for a few days. Peter Jackson was smart to end the film with it. And I guess these monologues are meant to be stories told over firelight, good roasted food and mead. Talk about keeping us in suspense! After all the stories other people told about him in Book One, we finally meet him, and Frodo knows he has to accept him.
I suppose he could withstand a psychiatric diagnosis, too. Addict suffering from withdrawal? Frodo looked round in horror. Dreadful as the Dead Marshes had been, and the arid moors of the Noman-lands, more loathsome far was the country that the crawling day now slowly unveiled to his shrinking eyes.
Even to the Mere of Dead Faces some haggard phantom of green spring would come; but here neither spring nor summer would ever come again. Here nothing lived, not even the leprous growths that feed on rottenness. The gasping pools were choked with ash and crawling muds, sickly white and grey, as if the mountains had vomited the filth of their entrails upon the lands about.
High mounds of crushed and powdered rock, great cones of earth fire-blasted and poison-stained, stood like an obscene graveyard in endless rows, slowly revealed in the reluctant light.
But Faramir impresses with the sheer nobility of his character. When he meets Sam, Frodo and Gollum, and learns to trust the first two, he delivers this lovely speech about war, honour and what he's doing all this for: 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: No spoilers, but I love learning the backstory of this character.
The way Tolkien sets up the finale, from the stairs of Cirith Ungol, the cave, the smells, etc. Just masterful. And so many place names! Glad there won't be a Middle-Earth geography quiz afterwards.
View all 22 comments. Aug 23, K. Absolutely rated it it was amazing Recommended to K. 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. With a universal theme like that, the non-stop action, the memorable characters, the extricate design of the fictional world, Middle-Earth and Tolkien did not design The Lord of the Rings to be read as three separate books.
With a universal theme like that, the non-stop action, the memorable characters, the extricate design of the fictional world, Middle-Earth and the lyrical prose, Tolkien wrote a book that will outlive all of us here on earth. The story begins with the four hobbits separated into two, Frodo and Sam who will later meet Gollum on their way to Mordor and Merry and Pippin lost in Fangorn and later meeting the Treebeard and the rest of the Ents.
This is after the death of Boromir who is one of the members of the Fellowship Book 1. He is killed by the Orcs after his attempt to steal the ring from Frodo and Sam. If Book 1 was mostly about the four hobbits, in this Book 2, Tolkien put them on a sideline and the focus here is the Fellowship fighting the Orcs.
For most of the story in this book, the hobbits are at the sideline. They only came into action when the Ents with Merry and Frodo on top of Treebeard are destroying the first tower where Saruman resides: So, the two bad wizards stay in those two towers overlooking the Middle-Earth.
Some crazy people say that the title "Two Towers" is a metaphor for two penises and there is a homosexual relationship between Frodo and Sam. Go to hell, I tell them. The book is so good and the movie is at par so please spare these works of art from your shallowness. I pity these people for not being able to appreciate good literature.
On to Book 3. I am hoping that the third and final book will be as exciting as the two. Tolkien, sir, you are just so brilliant I'd like to open your grave and kiss your hands as a sign of my admiration and respect for you sir. There is just no other fantasy writer like you.
I will not even say that yours is original. That could mean that his is better and yours are just the original. All of their works will not be able to top yours. Yours is simply incomparable and will always be better than all of their works. LOTR cannot be outranked.
View all 11 comments. 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 The Two Towers suffers from the Jan syndrome.
It provides an admirably strong bridge between the first and last book, while including some very memorable moments and revealing interesting background details.
Who could forget the Ents or the creepy Dead Marshes? The fight with Shelob was quite exciting. The struggle with Saruman and the Battle at Helms Deep is a great primer for things to come. All of these things and more are sometimes forgotten when comparing the quality of the three books side by side.
Personally I love the first book when the four hobbits are on their own in the Old Forest, evading black riders and picking their perilous way through the Barrow Downs. And of course the final book is the satisfying pay off with the added bonus of all those info-laden appendixes, great for the hearty fan. The Two Towers may not get its due, but it is a fine book.
View all 30 comments. 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 I would have stopped there but my friends told me that I should definitely read this book, promising me great adventure and well-wr 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 would have stopped there but my friends told me that I should definitely read this book, promising me great adventure and well-written fantasy worlds. And still no.
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I realise I am in the minority and I don't know why. But I've looked for what everyone loves so much about these books and everytime I find pages and pages of boredom.
These novels are the kind that make me want to skip pages - and I really hate doing that because I feel like a cheat, but ack! What is it? Really, what am I missing? View all comments. 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 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.
I outlined this theory for my friend E, who shares my passion for Scandinavian languages and Middle Earth lore, and she was sceptical: But to me, the case is pretty solid. Frodo has no interest in women whatsoever, and there's never any suggestion that he might.
He does however have tender feelings for Sam, which are reciprocated. The scene on the stairs of Cirith Ungol, where Gollum sees him resting his head in Sam's lap, is quite moving. The other thing, which I think I saw before without really seeing it, is the extent to which the bearers of the Three Rings - Elrond, Galadriel and Gandalf - are controlling the action. Their thoughts are always on Frodo, guiding and helping him, and they can see far, both in space and in time.
On several occasions, when Frodo is on the point of succumbing to the power of the Ring, Gandalf is able to rescue him.
Everything depends on Frodo's being able to show mercy to Gollum, because he will play a crucial role at the ultimate moment; but, for reasons that are never explained, neither she nor Gandalf can tell him why. It is a pity that so many aspects of the background were exposed when the Silmarillion was published after Tolkien's death, since they revealed too much of the mystery, but it is still quite adequately mysterious.
I think people underestimate Tolkien's skill. This is a book you can read many times, and you'll always find something new. View all 39 comments.
I love only that which they defend. 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 Towers is the best of Tolkien bottled up in a bottle. The bottle of the finest, richest wine.
A habit of the old: Treebeard especially, and the fact that he was somewhat based on Tolkien's friend Lewis the author of The Chronicles of Narnia was beyond heartwarming. Literary world needs more friendships as one that Tolkien and Lewis had. Two literary geniuses who inspired each other, put each other in each other's books and dedicated books to one another.
As with every great fantasy book that I read I find myself unable to pick just one favorite character - instead I have a small army of favorite characters. Because each of them brings something different to the book, something that I love. The Two Towers is full to the brim with my favorite characters, and yes, Treebeard is definitely one of them.
An ancient race of tree beings very badass beings at that that can turn the ground upside-down if they get angered enough. But they also could spend hours just enjoying the wind and the earth. Which brings me once again to Tolkien's tremendous love for nature and the environment - it is one of the very prominent themes of the book, and one that fills my heart with joy.
Because of his innate affinity for beauty of nature - Tolkien's writing and descriptions are transportive. You can almost imagine yourself in Middle Earth - being carried high up by Treebeard, or getting lost in the marshes. Faromir is one of the very few well one of the only two characters in the whole book who aren't tempted by the ring and its power, not even a little bit and for that Faromir is definitely a top character for me. Because if you read the book you know how much it says about the person if they aren't even tempted.
But few rival to Sam Gamgee in terms of awesomeness. I am one of those people who thinks that Sam is the true hero of the story, and book two proves so much of that. Sam is the man, thetas honestly all I can say, because his actions speak for themselves. It's your Sam calling. Wake up, Mr. I found myself simultaneously wanting to read faster because I couldn't stop, and also needing to stop because I didn't want the book to end.
A paradox, really. And an ode to great storytelling! My husband and I have been watching some military rations videos rom different counties and that is when I realized that the lembas was probably inspired by military grade food bar - made to sustain you for a day with just one small block of compressed food that contained all vitamins, fats and proteins a grown man needs for a day.
And it makes complete sense because Tolkien himself was in the army. 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? I bet everything has been said about this trilogy, so I will try t The Two Towers is the second novel of the trilogy The Lord of the Rings.
I bet everything has been said about this trilogy, so I will try to keep it as short as possible. R Tolkien has another huge fan. He learns that Frodo is not dead but drugged. The orcs carry Frodo's body down a tunnel leading to the rear gate of the tower and Sam is unable to keep up with them. He passes out and Book 4 comes to an end. The manner of Ent-speech; explained by an Ent.
What did Pippin do right after he cut apart his wrist-cord. When the orcs are distracted, Pippin cuts the cord around his wrist with one of the dead orcs' knives. Pipin is able to provide a trail for Aragon to follow while he is being taken away. Erkenbrand, being wise and expecting the onset of war, repaired the wall at helms gate and made the fortress strong. How is his wisdom and work rewarded? The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers study guide contains a biography of J.
Tolkien, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. The Two Towers literature essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.Tolkien Publications by title. He did want to marry Eowyn after all. The first section follows the divergent paths of several important figures from The Fellowship of the Ring , but tells nothing of its central character, on whose fate so much depends, enabling the reader to share in the suspense and uncertainty of the characters themselves.
The orcs camp near Fangorn and Grishnakh attempts to take the hobbits away with him. I should stop and sign off! GOSH that made me very happy. He is more complex than he seems, has his good side which tends to peep out for a few seconds before it gets swamped by the nassstiness.
Gandalf and Pippin then head for Minas Tirith in preparation for the upcoming war.