|Lord of the Rings The Two Towers|
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Series: Lord of the Rings, Part 2
Review by: CL6 missMaul
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The Two Towers, the next part in the story of The Lord of the Rings. Summarising this part is even harder than The Fellowship of the Ring. Because the story has split itself into three parts. The first half of the book tells about Merry and Pippinís adventures after theyíve been captures by the Orcs and about Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli pursuing the same Orcs in order to save Merry and Pippin. The second half of the book tells us about Frodo and Sam and their journey to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring.
Merry and Pippin end up in Fangorn, the woods where the Ents live. Ents are huge walking and talking trees. All right, very slow walking and talking trees. Merry and Pippin want the Ents to help them in the war against Sauron and Saruman. But the Ents feel, after a very lengthy meeting, that it is not their job and want to stay outside the war. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli catch up with the Orcs only to find them slaughtered by the Riders of Rohan. They go into Fangorn aswell to find Merry and Pippin and meet an unexpected someone. Gandalf has come back to help and has turned Gandalf the White, the wizard Saruman should have been. The four of them go to Rohan to convince the king to help them with their fight against Saruman. This ends up into a big fight at Helmís Deep.
Frodo and Sam are in Emyn Muil trying get into Mordor. But itís harder than they thought. They do not know the way and get help from someone who has been pursuing the Ring for a long time. Gollum has caught up with them. He knows the way and after some mental guidance has remembered his past when he was Smťagol. As Smťagol he is quite helpful and gets them to the gates of Mordor. But there, the Rangers of Ithilien catch them. There everything goes wrong, because Smťagol is mistreated and turns into the untrustworthy Gollum again.
I donít think I can tell to read or not read The Two Towers. If you have read The Fellowship of the Ring and liked it you will have to read this book. If you didnít get through The Fellowship donít try starting on this one, because it is not a sequel. You will not understand The Two Towers, unless you think youíll get it because youíve seen the movies. But keep in mind, it has been written in the same style as The Fellowship.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of The Two Towers, I found it very entertaining. It was actionpacked and had loads of humour and plenty of twists in it. But when I came to the second half I found myself bored. There isnít much going on with Frodo and Sam it seems. Or written totally the wrong way for me to enjoy it. It wasnít until the last two chapters it became all exciting again. It looks like Tolkien saved everything just for that part and forgot to put anything interesting in the rest of the part.
But overall the book lives up to its expectations. I suppose the middle part is the hardest to do. Because you will have to keep everything between the beginning and the end going. Everything will have to be logical and the story lines have to be able to come together again in the end. So, though bored during the second part I still think this book is worth the read. You will have to read it anyway if you want to know whether the Ring will be destroyed and Middle Earth will be saved. You canít just skip to Return of the King, so read it you must if you want to finish The Lord of the Rings.
Title: Lord of the Rings The Two Towers