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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 ...

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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.’
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‘Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.’
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  • ISBN-13: 9780261102361
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 4/17/2007
  • Edition description: (Reissue)
  • Pages: 464

Meet the Author

J.R.R. Tolkien

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.

Biography

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shine in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called "The Book of Lost Tales" but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 3, 1892
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bloemfontein, Orange Free State (South Africa)
    1. Date of Death:
      September 2, 1973
    2. Place of Death:
      Oxford, England

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Enchanting

    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

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

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    Brilliance is written on every page

    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.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

    Best Book in the Classic Trilogy

    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!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    best book u can read!

    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!

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    The best

    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 :)

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    lord of the rings the two towers

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2009

    The two towers

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Dear I hate jrr tolkein

    No one cares about your opinion. You probably hate it because it is an old book. Guess what? Almost every fantasy book copied something from him. Cough Harry Potter Cough

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2005

    Ehhhhhh????

    I found all the Lord of the Rings books confusing and this one in particular. It just didn't have that zing that authors need in a book for it to be interesting. But I know many people love this book, and i just don't see why??? You need it to be totally quiet and you need to be focused to read it. But J.R. Tolkien was a very clever writer in thinking up this story. I couldn't have done it at all.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2009

    A Must Read

    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)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Anonymous

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    AWSOME!!!!¿!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It is awsome. It is very loooong,but very exiting. You instatly are sucked into the world of Pipin and Merry, Strider,and Frodo.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

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    A joining of evil forces

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    A Middle Earth Book that Brings Life to a Fantasy World

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

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    just as good as the first!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

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    better then the movies

    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".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    I love this serious

    The lord of the rings is an epic adventure

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    Nice book

    Wow! What a great book!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 31, 2012

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