To be honest, I love this book so much, it s virtually impossible for me to write a balanced review If you re also a fan, you know exactly what I mean, so I ll leave it there D Buddy read with Sunshine Seaspray.
Re read in 2017 If anything, I love it than ever now D The Fellowship Was Scattered Some Were Bracing Hopelessly For War Against The Ancient Evil Of Sauron Some Were Contending With The Treachery Of The Wizard Saruman Only Frodo And Sam Were Left To Take The Accursed Ring Of Power To Be Destroyed In Mordor The Dark Kingdom Where Sauron Was Supreme Their Guide Was Gollum, Deceitful And Lust Filled, Slave To The Corruption Of The Ring Thus Continues The Magnificent, Bestselling Tale Of Adventure Begun In The Fellowship Of The Ring, Which Reaches Its Soul Stirring Climax In The Return Of The King A review of Lord of the Rings The Two Towers by SauronAfter my review of the Fellowship of the Ring, my agent BBMed me and said that people still thought I was a bitter a hole He suggested that I learn to deal with my situation by talking with some likeminded people who have faced similar frustration So he signed me up for Dark Lords and Villains Anonymous At least that s what it s called on the website When I send out a FB invite to my peeps I usually use the subject line Hatas Beware Because General Zod is still trapped in that ridiculous Phantom Zone, we can t really meet in person so we IM Every week a member discusses his or her public failure This is the transcript from my week.
Sauron Hello, my name is Sauron, and it s been 56 years since the publication of my defeat.
Group Hello Sauron Sauron I m I m not sure where to start I just don t think I ve been given a fair shake I recently emailed an op ed piece to the editor of the Times In it, I argued that the name of Tolkien s masterpiece should be renamed An Unprovoked Attack On Sauron the Merciful and that the second book should be entitled Saruman F cks The Pooch Crusty old cracker It looked like my email was blocked so I tried another None of them worked frodosucksballs yahoo.
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com Nothing Anyways, my point is that none of this was my fault I mean, things started off fine That Boromir got what he deserved I ve never tried to destroy someone who cared about their hair General Zod Can anyone help me Agent Smith Shut the hell up windowboy Sauron Thank you Ahem Darth Maul Bllllllaaarrgghhh.
Darth Vader You ll have to excuse my associate He s useless.
HAL 9000 Just what do you think you re doing, Dave Agent Smith OMG Can anyone stop this light bulb from saying that every week Moby Dick ArrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuuuuuflllllllllllllllllllAgent Smith Jesus, now the whale is talking.
Randall Flagg Let Sauron talk silence Sauron If I may continue Helm s Deep My grandma could have tossed that joint before breakfast But instead of sending her wheelchair bound ass in to lead the charge I chose an Uruk hai In retrospect, since I took the time to hatch those suckers, I could have included some dolphin or chimpanzee in the mix to boost the IQ a little Or at least supplied them with better loincloths One Uruk hai had a bad habit of talking to me while his leg was up on the table We don t need to see that Oh, and why don t I put all my faith in Gr ma Wormtongue, he sounds reliable Every time I looked at his multi coloured eyes I wanted to puke.
General Zod That was pretty dumb.
Khan shouts THIS IS CETI ALPHA FIVE Sauron OooooK I also regret relying on that damn Palantir for global communications That freakin snowglobe basically told me that everything was going just fine These days Saruman would have just texted me something like, Yo, Sauron, we may have an issue Instead his ass is whooped by trees You know, man invented fire like 10,000 years ago Trees.
Jabba the Hutt Sorry, I got here late Has that loser Sauron started yet silence Khan I shall avenge you.
Sauron Thanks Anyways, where was I Oh yeah, Shelob Stephen King s made me afraid of clowns and spiders I don t want to discuss that bitch.
Khan You see, their young enter through the ears and wrap themselves around the cerebral cortex This has the effect of rendering the victim extremely susceptible to suggestion Later, as they grow, follows madness and death Sauron STOP A hole That s why Kirk can beat you while simultaneous boinking a green chick You re pathetic Go back to selling coffee or whatever you ve been doing This is getting me nowhere I never should have signed up for this And there s no fracking way I m writing a review of my demise in The Return of the King end transmission Moby Dick Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuuuuuflllllllllllllllllll end transmission Herewith Some Notes On My Inaugural Journey Through The Second Volume Of Tolkien s The Lord Of The Rings Me after staying up all night reading The Two TowersI liked The Fellowship Of The Ring , but this book made me love Tolkien s Middle Earth epic Some of the writing is astonishing see quotes below The author handles various storylines the fellowship has scattered, after all gracefully And after having two of its main characters and their slimy guide spend a lot of time climbing up a cliff, the book ends on one whopper of a cliffhanger The Treebeard and Ent scenes are magical, if overly long I love the ecological theme destroying the countryside to fuel industry and war has consequences and the way the Ents are described Fewer songs and poems , which means fewer songs and poems to read with eyes glazed over With the exception of Sam s Oliphaunt poem simply adorable Here it is Loved the Th oden transformation scene And really, people trusted Gr ma Wormtongue Wasn t his, you know name, a clue to his character Saruman s manipulative speech at Isengard, when he tries to use his evil wizard powers to win over Th oden et al brilliantly written Shame they had to cut down the exchange for the movie And I love Saruman s coat of many colours, which would have been too gaudy or campy for the film, I guess The Helm s Deep battle wasn t as sharply written as I expected It went on forever and I had a hard time getting oriented I was bored enough here to put the book down for a few days Now that I m in partway through The Return Of The King, I think Tolkien s battle writing skills improved for the Minas Tirith fight Re Helm s Deep Peter Jackson was smart to end the film with it Monologues Now that we ve met most of the major players, there are fewer of those Hi, I m X, son of Y, and here s my story passages But of course Gandalf gets one, cuz everyone needs to know what happened after he battled the Balrog in Moria, right And I guess these monologues are meant to be stories told over firelight, good roasted food and mead People weren t as distracted by things like social media back then Shadowfax I m not even a horse lover, and I kinda fell in love with the gorgeous, noble steed, the pride of Rohan It took some major cajones to go 200 pages without dealing with Sam and Frodo Talk about keeping us in suspense And while we re talkin Hobbits, Pippin gets way to do than Merry in this book, including his scenes with that cool seeing stone, the palant r Sm agol Gollum After all the stories other people told about him in Book One, we finally meet him, and wow He s the work s single tragic character I m sure there are PhD theses about how he represents the dark or greedy side of human nature Frodo knows he has to accept him I suppose he could withstand a psychiatric diagnosis, too Schizophrenic Addict suffering from withdrawal Whatever, he s fascinating, and earns our suspicion, fear and also pity The writing Nearing Mordor, after they ve survived the spooky Dead Marshes, Frodo and Sam come to another landscape that s as bleak and desolate as death itself Frodo looked round in horror Dreadful as the Dead Marshes had been, and the arid moors of the Noman lands, loathsome far was the country that the crawling day now slowly unveiled to his shrinking eyes Even to the Mere of Dead Faces some haggard phantom of green spring would come but here neither spring nor summer would ever come again Here nothing lived, not even the leprous growths that feed on rottenness The gasping pools were choked with ash and crawling muds, sickly white and grey, as if the mountains had vomited the filth of their entrails upon the lands about High mounds of crushed and powdered rock, great cones of earth fire blasted and poison stained, stood like an obscene graveyard in endless rows, slowly revealed in the reluctant light Introducing Faramir, a brave man who knows how to speak, not just act We ve seen heroic warriors, funny Hobbits, gruff dwarves, arrogant wizards, and those damn elves deliver all their words with a mischievous twinkle But Faramir impresses with the sheer nobility of his character When he meets Sam, Frodo and Gollum, and learns to trust the first two, he delivers this lovely speech about war, honour and what he s doing all this for War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory I love only that which they defend the city of the men of N menor and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom Shelob POV No spoilers, but I love learning the backstory of this character The way Tolkien sets up the finale, from the stairs of Cirith Ungol, the cave, the smells, etc.
, and then seeing everything from the character s point of view Just masterful Shagrat and Gorbag, the bickering orcs in the cave in the final pages They re minor characters, but I love their awesome names and their complaining about what to do Sure, they dispense information we and Sam need to know, but they re also drones kvetching about their jobs, as commonplace on Middle Earth as on earth itself On to the finale, The Return Of The King Spoke too soon Now that I m reading The Return Of The King, there are a bunch people being introduced And so many place names Glad there won t be a Middle Earth geography quiz afterwards.
494 The Two Towers The Lord of The Rings, 2 , J.
R John Ronald Reuel TolkienThe Two Towers is the second volume of J.
R Tolkien s high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings It is preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring and followed by The Return of the King 2002 1381 9649305491 20 1381 964697130 1381 1391 9789643343224 1382 9646564992 Tolkien did not design The Lord of the Rings to be read as three separate books However, since the book is flawless, there is just no boring moment Even if you chop it further to 6, 12 or 24 books, I think all of them deserve 5 stars I am not a big fan of fantasy genre but this one is just over the top It is about good vs evil and the nature of evil With a universal theme like that, the non stop action, the memorable characters, the extricate design of the fictional world, Middle Earth and the lyrical prose, Tolkien wrote a book that will outlive all of us here on earth.
The story begins with the four hobbits separated into two, Frodo and Sam who will later meet Gollum on their way to Mordor and Merry and Pippin lost in Fangorn and later meeting the Treebeard and the rest of the Ents This is after the death of Boromir who is one of the members of the Fellowship Book 1 He is killed by the Orcs after his attempt to steal the ring from Frodo and Sam If Book 1 was mostly about the four hobbits, in this Book 2, Tolkien put them on a sideline and the focus here is the Fellowship fighting the Orcs For most of the story in this book, the hobbits are at the sideline They only came into action when the Ents with Merry and Frodo on top of Treebeard are destroying the first tower where Saruman resides ORTHANC Then the other two, Frodo and Sam battle with Shelob on their way to the second tower, CIRITH UNGOL where the other villainous wizard, the ultimate evil, Sauron lives So, the two bad wizards stay in those two towers overlooking the Middle Earth Some crazy people say that the title Two Towers is a metaphor for two penises and there is a homosexual relationship between Frodo and Sam Go to hell, I tell them The book is so good and the movie is at par so please spare these works of art from your shallowness I pity these people for not being able to appreciate good literature.
On to Book 3 I am hoping that the third and final book will be as exciting as the two Tolkien, sir, you are just so brilliant I d like to open your grave and kiss your hands as a sign of my admiration and respect for you sir There is just no other fantasy writer like you Although I enjoyed The Game of Thrones and has a plan of reading the series where it belongs, A Song of Ice and Fire, I am sure that despite George Martin having the hindsight advantage, still your LOTR is better I will not even say that yours is original That could mean that his is better and yours are just the original All of their works will not be able to top yours Yours is simply incomparable and will always be better than all of their works LOTR cannot be outranked It will always be THE BEST epic high fantasy Ever.
I m one of very few people in the world that actually really hate the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and The Hobbit as well I ve read The Hobbit twice, trying to capture the second time what I was sure I must have missed the first time round but no And then I read The Fellowship of the Ring and found Frodo s story to be as drab and long winded as that of Bilbo I would have stopped there but my friends told me that I should definitely read this book, promising me great adventure and well written fantasy worlds And still no.
I realise I am in the minority and I don t know why But I ve looked for what everyone loves so much about these books and everytime I find pages and pages of boredom These novels are the kind that make me want to skip pages and I really hate doing that because I feel like a cheat, but ack What is it Really, what am I missing The hope for saving Middle Earth continues THE FELLOWSHIP IS BROKENThere is some good in this world, and it s worth fighting for.
So much for the fellowship made of representative of the races of good in the Middle Earth with the task of destroying The One Ring in the hellish fires of Mount Doom, located right inside of Sauron s domains.
Members fell, member got tempted by The One Ring, members got trapped, the journey now has two roads and it s not certain which way is the right one Maybe no one is, but they need to take decisions, keep in movement and to trust that they are doing what is right.
While they knew each other in some cases barely before the start of the mission, they now have a bond, a camaraderie, a friendship that it will be put to test to the maximum.
New allies will rise but also the dark forces are getting stronger.
And yet, HUGE surprises are ahead of them Since it seems that in Middle Earth certain things aren t definitive ISENGARD S AGENDA A king will have his way in his own hall, be it folly or wisdom.
Something that I liked while reading the book s since I noticed it since the first one is that Saruman is a servant of Sauron Yes, the powerful wizard of Isengard wants The One Ring BUT not for giving to the Dark Lord or Mordor, oh no, no, no, Saruman knows that who gets The One Ring will rule in the Middle Earth and since he is already one of the most powerful beings in that realm, it s only logical to get The One Ring and with that key advantage, he will be able not only to challenge the armies of men, dwarves and elves but also the dark forces of Sauron.
I have huge respect for the good King Th oden, BUT dang it How can you have as your personal advisor somebody running with the name of Grima Wormtongue Geez It s like the Green Lantern Corps Oh, who would think that SINESTRO will resulted a bad guy Geez In the movies is understood that Saruman works for Sauron but in the books, at least in my humble analysis is quite clear that Saruman is a third column in this dangerous game in the Middle Earth And anybody who was not only member of The White Council but its leader and having forces trying to get control of the Middle Earth, it s never wise to underestimate his potential of causing destruction, suffering and pain THE BATTLE OF HELM S DEEP I have spoken words of hope But only of hope Hope is not victory.
You don t know the courage of men until they are tested against a challenge without hope.
Some war strategists would say that battling a lost battle is pointless and it s better to flee for fighting another day.
But what happen when there isn t another day When there is nowhere to run away When accepting that it s a lost battle isn t an option It s when you know of what you are made of SAM RULES Don t go where I can t followIt s obvious that the saga of Lord of the Rings have many heroes, many awesome characters, but many of them have training, skills, education and powers to help them, but Samwise Gamgee shows one of the most amazing heroism of all, not matter that you can say that he everything against him.
First of all, Sam is a Hobbit, not the most useful species in the Middle Earth in matters of war, and even between Hobbits, he may not being the best example of his kind.
Sam wasn t as old as Frodo, Pippin and Merry, therefore less mature.
Sam didn t share a family bond like Frodo, Pippin and Merry shared.
Sam wasn t even of the same social status in The Shire as Frodo, Pippin and Mery, since they were from respected Hobbit families with lineage, while Sam was the son of Bilbo s gardener.
While Merry and Pippin were traveling with Frodo out of a family thing, for Sam was basically a unpaid job imposed on him.
So, when the things got tough and trust me that things couldn t get tougher than what they got , Sam could easily flee, throwing to hell that awful job, and getting back to safety, back to The Shire.
Sam keeps walking, keeps looking out for his master Frodo and keeps to amaze due his honest loyalty, his unconditional friendship and his unbelievable willpower.
R Tolkien are a treasure I first found the books when I was 14 and had to re read again when the movies came out in the last decade or so The second book, The Two Towers, was a worth follow up, enhancing every original love I had with the story I m generally not a fan of the fantasy genre, and have only read perhaps 20 books in total, less than 3% of my entire reading history But something about these books absolutely stands out among to me as a truly amazing series I liken it to Star Wars as a movie and film phenomena, when it comes to the saga story But this one started out as a set of books, which makes it even fantasticFor me, although I loved all three in the series, the middle one was the least favorite, but they were all still 4 The first one introduces everything and sets the stage The last one is the epic battle The middle one pure awesome storytelling but it s the middle Full of history, secrets, revelations, explanations you learn the most here But you also get a little overwhelmed with the sheet amount to remember But I like that about it too And to tell the story of dark versus light To see people you love fall to their death To think so much will change for the worse It s a challenge to decide which part of the story to love most.
If you ve not read the series, it s probably 2000 pages in its entirety I still think you should read it but start with book 1 of course You can t read out of order Then let s chat againAbout MeFor those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators polldaddy poll 9729544 polldaddy poll 9719251