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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36 thoughts on “THE TWO TOWERS (LOTR #2) by J.R.R. TOLKIEN

  1. It’s been a while since I’ve read The Two Towers, but from what I remember it’s a read that takes patience. The long, complex (albeit beautiful) descriptions are part of a deliberate stylistic choice of Tolkien to force the reader to absorb the world. For some readers, pacing and action suffer, but for others (like me, for instance), it’s an opportunity to be immersed in Middle Earth’s depth and history. It’s not for everyone, for sure. Then again, I read the Silmarillion before LOTR, so if you think Two Towers is a slog, it’s best to avoid that one!

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  2. Ugh, I’m a diehard LotR fan but I totally agree. TT was so hard to get through and I definitely skimmed in some parts. But yes, the worldbuilding and writing are stunning. Tolkien had his own style, and I respect that. His work produced my favorite film series of all time so I can’t complain there! The Return of the King is excellent, I hope you enjoy it! Great, honest review.

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  3. That’s how I felt with the first book and I stopped reading around 3/4 through. I never usually give up on books. The Two Towers film is wonderful though, my favourite of the trilogy. I was thinking that perhaps I might read The Two Towers after all… and then I read this!

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  4. I adore the lord of the rings series and the hobbit. Sometimes it was hard going so I found listening to the hobbit on an audiobook so much better especially as the guy reading it made it fun and did a lot of voices for different characters. I want to re read the LOTR so maybe audiobook is the way forward! Great review!

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  5. You make a lot of valid points! I love LOTR but think that may be because I saw the films first and had a good understanding of what happens before reading the actual books. I’m not saying that the films are better than Tolkien’s brilliant storytelling but his style does take a bit of getting used to.

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  6. I first read the Lord of the Rings books in high school for book reports and the Two Towers was the one I really didn’t like. It felt like it was one long battle after another, dragging on forever. I could see the purpose for showing all that, of course, but it was definitely the darkest of the three books. The movie made it slightly better, mostly because I didn’t have to imagine it all myself and having visuals to put to the places gave this dark part of the story more light and enjoyable.

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  7. I agree to some measure about TT… it’s a VERY hard read, and it took me quite a while to get through it, even though I’m a diehard Tolkien fan! If you’re thinking about reading the Silmarillion, I’d jut be prepared- it’s a lot more slow than TT! But Return of the King is awesome! I’d hang on for that one.

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  8. A fascinating series of comments!

    Personally, I’ve reread the series uncounted times; it’s probably my all-time favorite story. It does, however, move at a different kind of pace than we’re used to from, say, today’s movies.

    I’m not sure how you’ll react to *The Silmarillion*, Ms. Javed; it’s told in a quite different way — a more distant point of view, you might say; like a history rather than a novel. But that very difference might keep it from bogging down with you as *The Two Towers* apparently did. Let us know what you think!


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  9. This may come as a surprise: that a children’s librarian, in 24 years, had not read the entire trilogy. (So many books, so little time.) Thank you for your honest thoughts on this volume. Simply because a book is a classic and the basis for a popular movie does not make it a worthwhile read. Another thank you for liking my humble blog post!

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