The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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ISBN-13: 9781436148924
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 07/31/2008
Series: Lord of the Rings Series
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). After his death, his son Christopher Tolkien published books based on Tolkien's notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion.

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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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)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my most beloved books!!! If you are a Tolkien fan or a fiction/fantasy fan in general, find some free time and start reading this!!! This is a wonderful continuation of the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part in this epic story. In this book, every time the good side is victorious, you feel victorious too. Those who believe or write the negative one-star and two-star reviews on this book or any work of Tolkien's obviously don't know what good fiction means. Intensely moving, positively thrilling, and incredibly inspiring, this book is certain to add a little touch of excitement and action to your day (for those who DO KNOW what good fiction is).
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.
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.
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!
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
The company of the Ring has been dispersed—by deception, orcs, and the lure of power. Frodo and Sam have begun the arduous journey to Mordor. Merry and Pippin are captured by orcs who are under orders to keep the Halflings alive and unsearched, and bring them to the wizard Saruman in Isengard. Gandalf was lost at the bridge of Khazad Dûm in the mines of Moria battling an ancient, mighty evil. While searching for the captured hobbits, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas cross paths with the riders of Rohan, the great horsemen of the Riddermark, whose king’s mind is shadowed by a devious counselor. A new cast of creatures and characters will reveal themselves—some as guides, some as hindrances—to what remains of the fellowship. But always there remains hope, even during the mighty battle at Helm’s Deep, a premonition of the wars that have been and remain to be fought in Gondor, who yet requires the aid of more than just men. The Two Towers is the second book in the Lord of the Rings, filled with gripping action, wondrous scenery, and deeper revelations of the characters of men when tempted with great power. This book is perfect for fans of suspenseful, epic fantasy adventures. For discussion questions, a list of similar reads or quotes, or an themed recipe for honey biscuit or lembas bread, visit http://hub.me/amLCH
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
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.
TheLiteraryPhoenix More than 1 year ago
Where The Fellowship of the Ring dragged on for an age (thanks, Council of Elrond!), The Two Towers swiftly picks up its pace. The fellowship have now gone their separate ways and are having battles and adventures of their own. Merry and Pippin have teamed with the Ents. Gimli, Legolas, and Aragorn connect with an old friend. And as for Frodo and Sam? The two Hobbits are following the perilous journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring. While as a whole I think The Fellowship of the Ring is a more successful novel in that it feels like things are actually getting done, I do find The Two Towers more enjoyable. With the fellowship separated, the pacing of the story really picks up, and I found my attention was less apt to wander. Tolkien’s writing is very dense, and for myself, I have to focus extra hard to make sure I’m actually paying attention to the story and not just letting the words slip through my brain unabsorbed. Depending on whether you like all the characters or just some of them, The Two Towers may be an extra chore. I’m fortunate in that I love Merry and Pippin’s adventure with the Ents, and I enjoy Sam and Smeagol, and the feats of Aragorn and Co. I’ll be honest – if Frodo went off on his own and didn’t have Sam there with him, I’d likely be bored to tears for the most important storyline in the trilogy. Tolkien does a very good job balancing his characters, and it’s so important in a long-winded epic fantasy. Without likable characters, the drudgery of this type of writing would repel the average reader, leaving The Lord of the Rings to be a piece for deep fan speculation. My biggest complaint with The Two Towers is that even though it seemed to be moving swiftly, nothing happened. There was a small battle that took out a minor character, but there were whole scenes that added nothing to the plot. A lot of time in the beginning was spent speaking of the dead. When Aragorn and Co. meet up with Merry and Pippin, we are told about a past battle rather than experiencing it ourselves. There’s a lot of dialogue where there should be action. It gets boring. At the beginning of The Two Towers, there’s no real direction, and at the end of The Two Towers, the groups have made commitments, but haven’t made it very far down the road. It leaves a lot for The Return of the King to cover. Even without any real feel of progress, this book is enjoyable enough. Characters who felt flat in the first book have fleshed out a little bit – Legolas’s love for Fangorn Forest gives him some depth, for one. While Merry and Pippin still blend together and Aragorn’s complexities are still mostly conversation, there’s hope for these others as the trilogy continues. As with book one, the bits and pieces I find particularly interesting seem so short. I remember being fascinated by the Dead Marshes in the film, and I was hoping for a little more depth about those in The Two Towers. The magic of Middle Earth is a constant fascination to me – particularly magic of the dead. The Barrow King, the Dead Marshes, even the naming of Sauron as The Necromancer. For LotR fans out there – is there more depth on these things in the appendices or other works? As a whole, The Two Towers reads better than The Fellowship of the Ring and of course, we need to know what happens to everyone, so it’s on to The Return of the King! Nonetheless, for casual readers I still feel pretty confident in saying that the films with Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortense
SeriousGrace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The saga continues. I have to admit there were times when I was reading Two Towers and I thought, "Wait. Didn't I just read this? Wasn't this in Fellowship of the Ring?" My advice would be to read the entire Lord of the Rings series straight through. That way you won't lose your place and confused with the details.At this point in the saga Frodo and crew are still traveling through the dangerous countryside on a journey to destroy the magic ring. Along the way they encounter Gandolph (who they thought was dead), trees that can walk, talk and see called Ents, the have a couple of skirmishes with bad guys and they trust creepy swamp creature, Gollum. We leave the happy hobbits as Frodo is being captured. Okay, so they're not so happy.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rob Inglis reading Treebeard is my favorite interpretation of that Ent yet.
Anduril85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the trilogy is another masterful work of art, just as rich and fulfilling as the hobbit and the fellowship before it. As with his previous works I highly recommend you give this a try, you will love it.
AshRyan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easily my favorite of all Tolkein's books. He really expands Middle Earth as he follows the stories of each group of the fragmented Fellowship.