The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Part 2

The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Part 2

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by J. R. R. Tolkien
     
 

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Continuing the story of The Hobbit, this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring an exclusive cover image from the film, 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…  See more details below

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Continuing the story of The Hobbit, this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring an exclusive cover image from the film, 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.To celebrate the release of the first of Peter Jackson’s two-part film adaptation of The Hobbit, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, this second part of The Lord of the Rings is available for a limited time with an exclusive cover image from Peter Jackson’s award-winning trilogy.

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‘An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent, in a region where everything is invented, forest, moor, river, wilderness, town and the races which inhabit them.’The Observer‘Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.’Sunday Telegraph

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ISBN-13:
9780261102361
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
04/17/2007
Edition description:
(Reissue)
Pages:
464

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‘An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent, in a region where everything is invented, forest, moor, river, wilderness, town and the races which inhabit them.’The Observer‘Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.’Sunday Telegraph

Meet the Author

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892-1973) was a distinguished academic, though he is best known for writing The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin, plus other stories and essays. His books have been translated into over 60 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 3, 1892
Date of Death:
September 2, 1973
Place of Birth:
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
Place of Death:
Oxford, England
Education:
B.A., Exeter College, Oxford University, 1915; M.A., 1919

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The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings Trilogy #2 - Movie Art Cover) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 649 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel made me happy and sad, angry and frightened. Now, I don't know if adults want this for teenagers, but this book made me think and wonder. This book made me want to close my eyes in corporate America, and open them in Middle Earth. I saw the story with my eyes, and every time I put the book down I kept seeing it. I would be walking around and my peers would turn into Elves, and my teachers would turn into Orcs! I connected to this book so much. It made me feel like Frodo is my closest friend and Saruman my most loathed enemy. The return of Gandalf the White made me feel like my Grandfather was back from the Dead! However, by putting me in a world so different from this one, it made me wish I could never leave the world of J. R. R. Tolkien. This book put me in a different world entirely and filled me with wonder. And I wish that it gives you the same. ~ERH
bookin-it More than 1 year ago
Let me first say that I struggled terribly to get through the first book. Reading it was like pushing myself through a marathon I had not yet trained for. But I read The Two Towers in just one week, and I read slow and have a busy schedule. The most amazing things about the books, to me, is how they tend to build your respect for Peter Jackson and his writing team to an all-time high. The changes they made for the movies were many, but necissary. This book doesn't read straight through following a chronological timeline. It jumps back and forth quite often (but Tolkein at least kept that very easy to follow). The Two Towers was extremely suspensful and terrifying at times even though I know the movies very well. I am sad for anyone who does not read The Lord of the Rings books even if they've seen the movies. There's a reason these books are on nearly ever Must Read List in the world. Pick 'em up and see why for yourself.
TheGenius More than 1 year ago
The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy was GREAT. The Two Towers stood out because of its pace and action. I loved the first and third books of Tolkien's best ever fantasy, but this book is the gem which made LOTR truly great. Aragorn and the wonder of Middle Earth shine!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book it makes you keep turning the pages one after another. It picks up where the previous book, The fellowship of the Ring left off. The book starts out with the fellowship together but they soon get separated. Frodo and Sam set out on a great journey. They find someone to show them the way to Mordor. And the rest of the fellowship has fought orcs and found the ents, which are really cool. I thought the book was amazing. One of the best books I've ever read. I almost could never put the book down. I loved the book and if you like fantasy you'll love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book...i love all Tolkien's books...they're amazing. My favourite character is Legolas, so I'd like to read more about him :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Two Towers by J.r.R Tolkien is by far one of the best books out there, second in my opinion only to the Return of the King. The book starts of with the hobbits Merry and Pippin going missing, and Legolas the Elf, Gimli, the Dwarf, and Aragorn, heir of Elendil, belive they have been taken by orcs. Thus, they embark on a thrilling orc hunt. Merry and Pippin, meanwhile, get lost in Fangorn Forest, and discover some interestingly epic creatures and storm Isengard, fortress of Saruman, the left-hand man of Sauron himself. Off in the East, however, Frodo the Ring-Bearer and Samwise Gamgee discover Gollum, who offers to be their guide into Mordor. Sam doesn't trust him, but Frodo says the have no choice, and that they must follow Gollum's route into Mordor. With such gripping things as the orc hunt, the return of a surprise character, the seige of Isengard, the crossing into Mordor, the Battle at Ithilien, the climbing of the Stairs of Cirith Ungol, and a twist ending, die-hard fantasy fans will not want to miss this one. (review by VM)
GinnyWi More than 1 year ago
I have read this trilogy [The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King] Numerous times and never tire of them. For further enjoyment and understanding of the story, Before reading the trilogy, read, The Hobbit. No necesary but I recommend it.
DustyD13 More than 1 year ago
I've always wanted to sit back and read Tolkien's works and finally have done so. and all I can say is wow. there is still nothing better then a good book or series of books. and what the movie maker did was ruin a perfect work of art. and twist it to make money. I find it funny that many year ago I seen the cartoon version of the lord of the rings, and wished he had finished that it was closer to the book then the actual live action movies. I am shocked and impressed with the way the book is laid out then I see the movies and while parts remain true to the book the rest is the imagination of the director. A sad statement of the times we now live in a modern era of everything has to be high speed or people don't care. like a look at star wars when lucas did the first films back in the 70's with less technology they were great. then came CGI and all its glossy effect and the story was lost but the movie was considered a success. I am ever so glad lucas based his world on his imagination and had not wrote a book before the movies or it would be a trivial waste like the movies for the Lord of the rings. After reading as far as I have I am now about to purchase the final book in this installment and have high hopes it's even that much better then the movie. The books have also jaded me in the fact I don't think I will watch the Hobbit movies after having read the books Because I know I will be just disillusioned by the tripe that hollywood dumbs us down to. Fats paced no plot and maybe 3 lines of a small book stretched to death in a three part movie. Unfortunately Hollywood seems to have mind control over everyone now. and it's what Is running away with the world. I think everyone needs to take a step back from hollywood for a moment or two and sit back and read the great works of Tolkien and others before seeing the movies the books are so much better written out then the movies will ever be (Sorry peter but you stink) as far as what kind of reader this book is for it's for all kinda and all ages in my opinion, I wish I had read it when I was a kid, it's a tough read a lot of strange words that are slowly dying in the english language now that everyone writes in simpleness. This book is perfect for any book club and for someone who wants to be a role player you can pick a couple people and follow their roles in your mind and see what they see and feel how they feel. if I could give this book ten stars I would along with the rest of Tolkien's works. Sorry for rambling but it has to be said by someone, the Dumbing of America is happening and it shows in the lack of literature and literacy. soon all anyone will knows is "would you like that super sized".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! If you like the book, I recommend you to watch the movie. If you like the movie, read the book! If you never read the book or watched the movie, I recommend you read the book first, because the movie cuts out a few scenes, like in the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring. If you never heard of Lord of the Rings, read all of the books first, then watch all of the movies so you understand the plot better in both the movie and the books, since they both have different story plots.
Brigit More than 1 year ago
In this part of the trilogy, there are several story lines being followed and every thing is much darker, more sinister. Frodo and Sam have struck out for Mordor on their own and have enlisted the aid of Gollum to show the way. Their journey is harrowing and grueling. A far cry from life in the Shire. Gollum is such an interesting character. You hate him, don't trust him, but you can't help pitying him, just the same. He used to be a Hobbit-like being but has been completely poisoned and destroyed by The Ring. The White Wizard, Saruman, has joined forces with Sauron and is planning on taking over the Kingdom of Rohan. Rohan is his neighboring country of men and they are known far and wide for their skill with horses. There is so much going on in this book, but I'd have to say my favorite beings are the Ents. I found them fascinating and, yet so familiar. I loved their language and stories. Like the first book, this one was very difficult to put down.
FantasyRider More than 1 year ago
The Lord of the Rings novel (though sometimes called a trilogy) is perhaps the most recognized trendsetter in the arena of fantasy. The level of detail and character evolution is incredible with no limits spared. Tolkien is truly a gifted writer that has established a place in history for his endeavor to bring to the reader a completely new world. Each book in the series builds on the last until the reader finds they are unable to put the books down. While not directly part of the Lord of the Rings novel, a favorite book about Bilbo's adventures in The Hobbit or There and Back Again is a not-to-be-missed read for those hoping to understand how the adventures of the Hobbits and the Ring first began.
thirsting_for_knowledge More than 1 year ago
this book is just as good as the first one was. the most vivid chapters in my mind from having read this book are the ones that talk about the Ents. they're amazing. the best part of the book is the last few chapters. things really start to pick up, especially when Frodo is in Shelob's lair. read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a book i couldn't put down!this is the best book i read for a long time! if you like adventure books, you'll love this one, and the other series by this author.i read this book in two days.this is a 'can't put it down' kind of book. IF YOU LIKE THIS BOOK YOU'LL LOVE THE MOVIES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is awsome. It is very loooong,but very exiting. You instatly are sucked into the world of Pipin and Merry, Strider,and Frodo.
milkshakeman-MCReading More than 1 year ago
The book that I read is the "Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers," written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The book takes place in the Medieval Times, so they talked differently and there were dragons, magic and other effects of that period. There are like 5 main characters that have a big role in the book, but the character that is most important is Frodo. He is the new ring bearer, (a ring bearer is someone who has the mythical ring of Saron). There are other main characters too, like Gimli, Aragon, Legolas, and Gandalf. What their role is, is to help cities, towns and just random people that they meet, to defend themselves against Orcs and people that are working and fighting with the evil Dark Lord Saron and his helper Seroman. Seroman, was once a good wizard, that was really good friends with Gandalf. The brave warriors have traveled to two major cities, Helm's Deep and Isengard. The most important city is Helms Deep. That is where our three heroes, Gimli, Aragon, Legolas, and Helm's Deeps Soldiers, the Rohan Riders, and elves, fought against over one million Orcs. It wasn't just a battle; it was a war. That is all I can tell you, because I don't want to spoil the surprise. What I can tell you is that the book is interesting and entertaining at the same time. One hero Gimli is a dwarf that doesn't like to be teased about his size. He and Legolas, another hero, have competitions that make you laugh at times, but at the same time, you are wondering what is going to happen next. This is a book that people that have seen the movie will also like the book. The book and series itself are excellent choices is you are looking for a great book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, this was an amazing book. It's a good read for anyone, young or old. It's my favorite J.R.R. Tolkien book yet! It's the third installment in the wonderful series, and the books keep improving above the amazing standards J.R.R. Tolkien has set for this series. My criteria is only how fun it is to read. Basically, this book was Frodo's quest to destroy the one ring, and the Fellowship's fight for survival. I simply could not put it down. Thinking about the willpower that Frodo must have had to have kept going, not giving in, through all those hardships, was amazing! It's definitely one of the best books I've ever read. There will never be such a fictional adventure like this series. It's a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The lord of the rings the two towers is a classic piece of literature. If you haven¿t read it you should. If you have not really gotten to know the lord of the rings you should read first and then watch the movies. You should be instantly drawn in. I love the lord of the rings stories. It has unusual surprises and leaves you wanting to know more, it is a real page turner. I personally love fantasy it throws you into a new environment and lets you figure out how exactly it works. That is another thing I love about this book. It lets you think about some stuff and try to fill in the gaps left. If you have seen the movie then reading the book is a smart thing to do. Also you should read the fellowship of the ring. It leads nicely into this book and will help you follow the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best in the LOTR series because so much happens during the novel. i watched the movies first and decided to read the books. i thought the books would be drawn out and really boring. boy was i wrong!! reading the two towers is like being in the story and the detail Tolkien uses is outstanding. i love how you can feel the shift of the characters and the growing threat of the enemy. at points it gets a little slow but never for more than like two pages. it is such a good story that i think everyone should read it in their lifetime.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Fairy girl here, sayin' somebody did my job for me! AWWW! Thank you! If I could reveiw reveiws, lord of the rings in 99 seconds would've gotten 5 stars! Thanks so much! Anywho, I thought that counting your kills to turn a war into a super smash bros? game was cool and funny at the same time! And go Sam! WAY TO STICK A PIN IN SHELOB (I hate spiders, so booyah!)!!! Although, you shoulda told Aragorn when you found Frodo. I think this is a good book, especially if you love war and battles! Much like me!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the movies are great but thete is a ton of turning points
Bret_James_Stewart More than 1 year ago
The Two Towers contains books 3 and 4 of The Lord of the Rings sextet. I am slightly less pleased with this volume than I am the preceding Fellowship of the Ring and the following Return of the King. First, it belches off to a bad start: Boromir being slain during the orc-attack that ended the previous book. This is clearly a turning point and, aesthetically and logically, should have ended the previous book rather than starting this one. My only deduction is that Tolkien did not know where the story was going when he completed the Fellowship. If he did, he just made a poor choice, in my opinion. Secondly,as I mentioned in my review of Fellowship, Merry and Pippin blend together so much they should be one character--I dare you to tell them apart. Thirdly, the travelogue of Sam and Frodo is a bit dull. I know description is an important part of the narrative, but the decimated landscape makes for pretty dry fare. Fourth, it is not clear which towers represent the two towers of the title. Four major towers are in the tale, and all four are suitable as the subjects. This is a quibble, and is less important than the other issues. Still, these negatives are more than made up for in the overall book. The story is divided into two foci: Frodo and Sam's journey to Mordor and the rest of the group and their dealings with Saruman. Although it is mentioned in Fellowship, the treachery of Saruman, set up in conflict/competition with Sauron, is more detailed. Aragorn, etc., finding Sam and Frodo gone and Merry/Pippin taken by orcs, decide to pursue the orcs to rescue M/P. This launches into an encounter with the Rohirrim and alliance therewith leading to the highlights of the Battle of the Hornburg (a.k.a. The Battle of Helm's Deep) and the destruction of the orc forces. M/P are not rescued by Aragorn and party, but escape on their own during a fight between the orcs and a group of Rohirrim. They encounter Treebeard and the ents, which ultimately leads to the destruction of Saruman's stronghold (one of the potential title towers). Gandalf, believed dead in Fellowship, has reunited with Aragorn and the narrative heads into the confrontation with Sauron's forces. Before they do, however, the survivors of the fellowship are reunited (except Sam and Frodo) after the destruction of Saruman's fortress. More background of the world is present in hints and allusions to the Wizards, who are more than mere mortals (Tolkien scholars/fans recognize them as Valar). Frodo and Sam continue toward Mordor. Gollum is dogging their steps, and they manage to capture him. In a surprise move, Frodo allows Gollum to be their guide. Sam is opposed to this, and there is a palpable tension between the three individuals. A memorable feature of this segment is the higly pathetic, in the literary sense, character of Gollum. He clearly has a split-personality and, even if you don't like him or trust him, you can sympathize with him. The back and forth of Gollum's personality makes it unclear whether or not he is going to help Frodo in his task or betray him at the first opportunity. Frodo's nobility is emphasized as he attempts to redeem Gollum. It is ambiguous as to whether this is going to work, which makes this segment through the desolation around Mordor more palatable than it would have been otherwise. Eventually, as they are crossing into Mordor, Gollum does betray them to Shelob, who seems like some sort of spider-esque demi-goddess, though this is not made plain. Frodo appears to be slain by her. Sam drives her off and takes the Ring in an attempt to complete the quest. Orcs arrive and take Frodo, indicating via dialogue that Frodo is not actually dead, but comatose from Shelob's poison sting. They take him into nearby tunnels for holding pending delivery to Sauron. Sam, who has been invisibly hiding and listening, pursues. The book ends with Frodo captured but alive, and Sam trying to catch the orcs bearing Frodo away. Overall, the books flow well. More characters add depth to the immediate story and contribute to the feel of Middle-Earth: Treebeard, Saruman, Faramir, and Gandalf among them. There are epic fighting scenes. Aragorn receives romantic attention from Eowyn. The major campaign between Saruman and Rohan rocks, and the pending campaign between Sauron and Gondor is looming. You can definitely feel things are coming to a head, and you want to hang in there to figure out what it is. Hey, it's a fantasy novel, so you know the good guys are going to win in the end, but you still want to see how it goes down. The middle books of a multi-volume tale are the hardest to write. The newness of the story has run out and the climax is yet to come. This balancing act of interesting story and continued plot development is well-done by Tolkien. Except for the minor issues I mentioned at first, I love this book. Indeed, the action is much more intense in Towers than it was in Fellowship. Also, the broadening of the world in the presence of Rohan, Orthanc, and groups such as the ents greatly adds to the wonder of the work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the secound one in the Lord of the rings. Although the book is a little slow, i can say that over all the story line and plot are great. I wish that tolkein had told us a little more about what the charaters were thinking. But other than that is is great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a crazy fun world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi this book is better for 10and up or pets
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