Rating: 2 stars
“Don’t the great tales never end?”
“No, they never end as tales,” said Frodo. “But the people in them come and go when their part’s ended. Our part will end later- or sooner.”
Boromir died in the battle with the army of orcs. Frodo decided to continue the journey on his own but eventually sam caught him leaving alone and urged to go with him to Mordor. Pippin and Merry were taken captive by the orcs and were rescued by the Ents. Meanwhile, Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn journeyed forward where they met Gandalf resurrected as Gandalf the white. They journey forth to establish an alliance with Theoden to defeat the army of orcs bred by Saruman. Eventually, the won the war with Saruman cast off from the head of the council of the wizards.
The world building was intricate. So detailed, it diverted from the original storyline.
I was bored to death and disappointed with this read. It felt like reading a travel journal. The story revolved around the characters journeying from one place to another with nothing happening to keep a reader hooked.
Gandalf disappeared in times of need and appeared when the war was about to over. The other characters were very well developed and Legolas will definitely go down in the history of literature. I thought it intelligent to let Gollum guide Frodo and Sam through Mordor rather than letting them find their own way. The possibility of straying from the path would’ve been even more if that were the case.
I found the writing beautiful. “The sun dipped and vanished, and as if at the shuttering of the lamp, black night fell.” I will definitely read the third book in the series because I along with the characters came a long way and I couldn’t leave the journey unfinished. And I hope to like it better than the second book.
“Maybe,” said Sam; “but where there’s life there’s hope.”
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