Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

the two towers, book

It’s finally here! A week late, but you know, better late than never!

 

Published in November 1954, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the second novel in the Lord of the Rings series written by J.R.R. Tolkien. As per the fashion of the first novel, this novel is also separated in two sections called books. Book Three focuses on Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry and Pippin; while Book Four focuses on Frodo and Sam’s quest.

The book starts off with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli putting Boromir’s corpse in a boat and letting him sail on the Great River. After doing this task, they decide to follow the trail of the orcs to save Merry and Pippin. While they’re still running in Rohan, trying to catch up to the orcs, we learn how the hobbits got captured and they’re adventure with the orcs up until they managed to escape and run in Fangorn. There, they meet Treebeard and tell him of their journey and of what they know about the treachery of Saruman. Treebeard and the other Ents decide to go to war with Saruman.

Only two days behind, Aragorn and company arrive in Fangorn only to be met by Gandalf the White! Gandalf assures them the hobbits are safe and in good hands, and asks them to come with him to the Lord of the Mark. There, Gandalf delivers Théoden from the grip of the poison words of Wormtongue and convinces the Lord they need to go to war with Saruman.

While all this is happening on one side of the Great River, on the other side Frodo and Sam are having trouble finding their way to Mordor. After a few days, they get caught up by Gollum and they manage to make him lead them to the Black Gate. There, they find out there is no way they can enter Mordor by the Black Gate and Gollum tells them of another way. In Osgiliath, they are trapped by Men, but soon find out Captain Faramir is actually Boromir’s brother and they fall in his protection. After leaving him and his army, Frodo and Sam make their way to the secret passage in Mordor with Gollum still as their guide.

For the first two-three chapters I kept wondering when we would see Frodo and Sam. All they talked about was Aragorn and company. After the fourth chapter I got so into the story of Merry and Pippin and Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli that I forgot about Frodo and Sam. When I got to Book Four, I started getting a bit bored. Compared to the action that Aragorn and company were living, the tale of Frodo and Sam’s journey was too slow moving. Spending more than half of the chapters of Book Four just reading about the scenery and about how they just kept on walking and sleeping and eating for days made it quite hard to finish the book. Finally, at the end, action came and the book ended in a cliff-hanger, leaving me wanting to start the last book right away and hoping it starts off with Frodo and Sam and not with the others.

 

What did you think of the book?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom ❤


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