The Two Towers

Paperback | January 31, 1999

byJ. R. R. Tolkien

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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.

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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.

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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 dur...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.01 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:January 31, 1999Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0261102362

ISBN - 13:9780261102361

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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

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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