The Two Towers by J. R. R. TolkienThe Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Two Towers

byJ. R. R. Tolkien

Paperback | January 31, 1999

Pricing and Purchase Info

$10.05 online 
$10.99 list price save 8%
Earn 50 plum® points
Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores

about

Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring this is the second part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien's own design, 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.
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 50 languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
Loading
Title:The Two TowersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pagesPublished:January 31, 1999Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0261102362

ISBN - 13:9780261102361

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another classic, must read If you have read the Fellowship of the Ring (and hopefully the Hobbit), you are already invested enough in the world and characters that you do not need a book review to tell you to keep reading the rest of the series...
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! A wonderful continuation to the story, with lots of magic and adventure. Middle- Earth is a great fantasy world, filled with wonderful characters. The Lord of the Rings is a must-read.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Classic middle part of the great saga.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it, a must read The second novel in the series, was concerned that I wouldn't like it as much as the first but it did not disappoint!!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Book 3 is Great. Book 4 is Slow. "Two Towers" is the second section of "The Lord of the Rings". As stated in my "Fellowship of the Ring" review, the fantasy book trilogy was actually written as one continuous story and it was J.R.R. Tolkien's wish that is would be published as one book. Sadly, his publisher basically said, "You can't do that because the book is too long" (1031 page according to my copy of the collection), so it was broken up into three separate parts (because everything looks nice in threes) and each one contains 2 books within it (confused? Don't be). "Two Towers" is composed of Book 3 and Book 4. Book 3 picks up right after the end of "The Fellowship" and lacks the traditional reintroduction of characters because IT'S THE SAME CONTINUOUS STORY! This Book also focuses on the events that happen after the breaking of the Company of the Ring (no typo there. In book, they are called the Company, not the Fellowship). So Book 3 is dedicated to explaining what happened to Boromir, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pippin. I have to say that I flew through this Book rather quickly because so much is going on. Yes, there is a lot of details, but that just helps to build the world that is Tolkien's Middle Earth. My problem comes when Book 4 starts, which is solely focusing on Frodo, Sam, and Gollum. They walk...a lot. They walk so much and just talk about being tired. I get it, they have to travel a far way, but it gets very repetitive quickly. Sam doesn't like Gollum, he won't sleep for fear of what will happen, something about needing food and water, something about needing to rest, more about moving forward, but also not knowing what to do. It is tiresome. At one point in the middle of Book 4, Frodo suddenly starts running. I actually went, "Whoa! Hold up! Is this action I see here!?" That was short lived. The last few chapters of Book 4 are the best because they encounter Shelob and start to get closer to Mordor. Proper conflict is then introduced and the classic story of friendship starts to show through the pages. I cannot really fault Tolkien for the pacing in Book 4 because it does make you feel like you are part of the world and are experiencing everything with Frodo and Sam. So yes it does drag on, but it is necessary to see the friendship that has formed between Sam and Frodo. Sam doesn't sleep much throughout this Book and is constantly worried about what will happen to Frodo. "The Lord of the Rings" is all about the strength of friendship and it is clear that is the element Tolkien wants the reader to focus on. It is also worth mentioning that this is an important section in "The Lord of the Rings" so much so that the movie "Two Towers" (by Peter Jackson) does not even progress the entire way through the book. It gets maybe a little more than half way through each story, but then everything else is left for the "Return of the King" movie. It takes time to develop these characters, and Frodo and Sam are the ones that the audience really needs to connect with. That is why Book 3 focuses on the other seven main characters and Book 4 only looks at two. Tolkien clearly didn't make Book 4 boring on purpose and was trying to achieve something more. Anyways, check out the second part of "The Lord of the Rings". It helps build on the established story and characters in "The Fellowship" and provides the build-up needed for the final section of the adventure: "The Return of the King". Review for "Return of the King" will be posted once I finish reading it.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Two Towers The first series where I like the movies better than the books. Only because they are a bit slow and over detailed.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! great book, the story just keeps getting better throughout
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from even better the story gets more complex as the party splits, and the stakes are raised. great book
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning A riveting epic fantasy for the ages. The best installment of the trilogy.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better and Better Such amazing development. The action and characterization are simply magical. It is very descriptive but if you loved Lord of the Rings, you will love this.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two Towers After all these years, it still kicks butt
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down. Wonderful sequel to the fellowship of the ring.
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rings Second part of Lord of the Rings; still wonderful and amazing after all these years
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Probably my favourite out of the series. A great continuation, and then build up for the next book.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love one of my favourite books trilogy
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great My Favourite of the trilogy
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Excellent sequel to The Fellowship of the Ring!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Does a great job building on Fellowship. Loved this series and still read the trilogy every few years. Amazing world that Tolkien crafted
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fav This is my favourite in the whole trilogy. It was amazing and I can't get enough of lotr
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! Once you start this series, you just have to keep going. An incredible book.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Two Towers A great continuation of the first book. I love the beautiful and intricate world that Tolkien has created!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great so many people find with series, that the second book fall short of the first. Not the case in this series, it only gets better
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in the trilogy This is my favourite of the 3 books. The introduction of the characters from Rohan and the battle at Helms Deep just makes it so good.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid book Better than the first book and such a great read. It was so much better than I expected.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) A huge part of my childhood, and still a loved book to date.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from might be my favourite this book may be my favourite - eowyn is definitely my favourite character.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! One of the greatest books of our time!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolute Classic The second book in the seminal fantasy novel which all others take root from. A must read for fantasy fans.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible The movies were amazing, but this was better. Worth the journey.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great sequel and fantastic writing, though I will say not my favourite out of the series.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The saga continues #plumreview The continuation of the LOTR trilogy deserves so much credit for creating many of the tropes we now take for granted.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Adventure Continues! Fans of The Fellowship ... will want to keep reading as the adventure continues.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful sequel Great follow up to the first. The movies are amazing, but the books are truly magical! Must read for a fan of the movies!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great sequel, but a bit slow A great sequel, but the parts with Frodo and Sam get tedious (lots and lots of walking).
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series! A must read for any fantasy book lover. A classic!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I loved following the journey of Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas, it is just an amazing adventure. The battles are epic and the story is just captivating. Frodo and Sam's journey is also very exciting however I always leaned more towards the Aragorn side. A great read and a great follow up to the Fellowship of the ring!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So amazing!! I bought this a few months back and finaly read it! so good!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book!! I liked the length of this book.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! #plumrewards. Totally epic second book to the Lord of the Rings trilogy
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Continous drama carried on from the first one Though this book certainly has more action and fights with orcs and it certainly contains nearer encouters of Frodo and his company with the dard lord and his powers it is a so so book as a work of literature. THe first one was more good.
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Better than the first Okay, so I realize it took me a long time to get through this story, once again. But to be fair, I had school and a bunch of other things that took up a lot of my time. On the whole, I enjoyed The Two Towers a lot more than I enjoyed The Fellowship of the Ring — it was a shorter story, to be sure, but it also flowed nicer too. I was really excited to get to Gollum’s entrance and I wasn’t disappointed. He was just as manipulative and creepy as the one in the movies. This wasn’t my favourite movie of the series, but I was greatly surprised by the plot of this novel — boy, did Peter Jackson change and shift some things! I’m not sure yet if I liked Tolkien’s choice in having Boromir die in the first chapter of The Two Towers versus Jackson’s idea of killing him off at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring. For Jackson, it was a nice way to tie up some ends and get the movie ready for its sequel. For Tolkien, it provided a way for the reader to get back into the swing of things — and what better way to remind the reader of all the horrors that had ensued than by killing off Boromir? While this wasn’t my favourite novel in the series (yes, I’m almost done The Return of the King now), I did enjoy it. I loved the chapter when Frodo and Sam get tricked into entering Shelob’s lair. It was descriptive and made me feel as if I was right there with them (which I thankfully wasn’t, seeing as how I’m deathly afraid of spiders). I was, however, mega-disappointed with Tolkien’s description of the battle at Helm’s Deep; it wasn’t as extravagant or interesting as I had expected it to be. However, there was a greater emphasis on the Ents’ war on Isengard which I enjoyed. I was introduced to new characters that I loved in the movie (Faramir, Eowyn, Theoden, the Ents and Gollum) and I was interested in getting to their parts in this saga. Eowyn was less memorable than I had expected her to be — but then I remembered that Tolkien wasn’t a fan of making females a bigger character than he needed them to be. It was an intriguing start though to the figures of Rohan and I began looking forward to reading the last book to getting a fuller development. I think the thing I loved most about this novel was that at the end in Shelob’s lair, Sam was given total control and took centre stage. He’s always been my favourite character in the series and I was proud to see him make a stand and rescue Frodo in every way possible. All in all, this second novel could still have been tighter (a common complaint with this trilogy) but it wasn’t as boring as The Fellowship of the Ring. To view more of my book reviews, visit: http://booksteame.com/
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book don't know how he does it but he really captures your imagination. i've read the hobbit and fellowship of the ring and this is just as good or better. i recommend this book to fantasy lovers. u won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2002-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lord of the Rings Part Two: The Two Towers “The Two Towers” is the second part to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. This story follows the lives of the Fellowship, shortly after the break up. Frodo and Samwise push on to Mordor to destroy the Ring of Power, while Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas set out to look for the Orc Napped Pippin and Merry. Of course this is only how it starts. Throughout the story, they meet many new characters, and meet up with some old ones; Gandalf and Gollum inpeticular. Tolkiens writing is amazing. He explains everything to the utter most detail. The settings and characters are so incredibly well described it boggles the mind. The ending is a major cliffhanger, it made me mad to close the book because I wanted to know what would happen next. Amazing dialogue, battle scenes and a incredible plot make The Two Towers an amazing book. And I'll tell you this: After I completed The Two Towers , I immediately went out and purchased Return of the King to see how it would end. In closing, any fan of fantasy
Date published: 2002-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was speechless When I was reading the Lord of the Rings for the first time and I read the Two towers I cried my eyes out! When Frodo was said to be dead I was so crushed because he has such a power over me, it's unreal. When I came to the end of the Two Towers I was speechless. I just sat on my bed in shock. This was the best book I have ever read. To this day The Two Towers is still my favourite and I reccomend it to everyone!(but read The Hobbit and the Fellowship of the Ring first)
Date published: 2002-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS The fellowship of the rings is a story of adventure and exitement a tale everyone should envy. J.R.R. Tolken brings the story to life by using make-belive charecters that could be mistaken for real!!!
Date published: 2002-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic! This book is one of the best works of the 20th century (along with the other two parts)! I think I've said all that is needed. PS The lost realm of Arnor in in the north of the map, and was once just as strong as strong as Gondor (an ally)... see appendinces in book #3.
Date published: 1999-12-20

From Our Editors

The second book in the Lord of the Rings series steps up the plot, introduces more wildly imaginative characters and lures readers further into the dreamy Middle-earth. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Two Towers gets a new cover design in this edition by well-known fantasy artist Geoff Taylor, which captures the lure of Tolkien’s world.

Editorial Reviews

'Tolkien's invention of strange peoples, curious incidents, miraculous doings, is poured out in this second volume of his trilogy as exuberantly and convincingly in a dreamlike way, as ever. As the story goes on the world of the Ring grows more vast and mysterious and crowded with curious figures, horrible, delightful or comic. The story itself is superb.' The Observer'Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.' Sunday Telegraph