The Two Towers

The Two Towers❮Download❯ ➻ The Two Towers ➿ Author J.R.R. Tolkien – 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 Fellowship was scattered Some were bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient The Two PDF \ 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.

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  • The Two Towers
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
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  • 28 February 2014
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  1. Sean Barrs says:

    Another Tolkien review? Yep I’m putting out another Tolkien review I’m on a mission a mission to review everything written by Tolkien And I literally mean everything I’ve read most of his works so I’m starting with those first before I move on to the few I haven’t read there’s not manyThis is all preparation and a readdress of his writings before I delve into Christopher Tolkien’s twelve book The History of Middle Earth later on this year Yep I’m that much of a Tolkien nerd I’ve been meaning to tackle it for years and it will likely take me even longer to get through but I know it will be worth it For now though as I did with my review for The Fellowship of the Ring here are a series of ten points to explain exactly why I love this particular book 1 Gandalf the White “Do I not say truly Gandalf' said Aragorn at last 'that you could go whithersoever you wished uicker than I? And this I also say you are our captain and our banner The Dark Lord has Nine But we have One mightier than they the White Rider He has passed through the fire and the abyss and they shall fear him We will go where he leadsGandalf the Grey was charming and uirky; he was everybody’s friend and advisor But he was also a great wonderer and a great uester He was an unearther of dark secrets and mysteries And Middle Earth no longer needs such a figure darkness is now on her doorstep; it is no longer hidden So Middle Earth needs a man or Istari with far sight that can unite the scattered forces of Rohan and manipulate events in order to ensure that the King does indeed return It needs a methodical man of great wisdom and intelligence; it needs a stagiest it needs a new white wizard now that Saruman has changed his colours And he has come 2 Riders of Rohan I just love the entire country of Rohan Tolkien based much of their culture and background on Anglo Saxon tradition and I just love it Did I say that already? I don’t care It doesn’t lessen it The Riders of Rohan are awesome and Gandalf the White comes just in time to save the poisoned mind of their King I think this entire side plot is very clever I would love to see what happened if Saruman would have won here Could Wormtongue have become the new leader of Rohan in effect siding with the forces of darkness? Food for thought He did want to marry Eowyn after all Had his plan gone to fruition he would have been regent 3 Faramir of Gondor Boromir has always been one of my favourite characters from Tolkien simply because he was one of the most human He was a flawed hero but I don’t get that sense from Faramir Here was one with an air of high nobility such as Aragorn at times revealed less high perhaps yet also less incalculable and remote one of the Kings of Men born into a later time but touched with the wisdom and sadness of the Eldar Race He knew now why Beregond spoke his name with love He was a captain that men would follow that he would follow even under the shadow of the black wingsHe was a better man that his brother and why his farther didn’t see it I will never no 4 The Ents Talking Trees? Trees that throw rocks and kill evil orcs? What’s not to rave about The Ents are old even by Middle Earth standards They must have seen so much in their lifetimes When I read about how all their wives disappeared I had a good laugh Was Tolkien trying to be funny? They clearly wondered off and got chopped down by someone who wanted to make a house or something 5 Nazgul and their FellbeastSo we have nine undead Kings They wear cowls of black and are pretty much invincible To call them bad ass would be to do a massive disservice to their awesomeness So how do we make them even cooler? Give them flying beasts of death obviously 6 GollumGollum for me is an image of what Frodo could become If he tried to keep the ring for himself and went into hiding he could become this way Having him around no doubt helped to strengthen his resolve and remind him exactly why he can’t keep this for himself 7 Helm’s Deep BattleNow the movie really capitalised on this and gave the film a stronger ending but it was still fun to read about here It was intense and bloody Haldir and the elves of Lothlorien saved the day Without them the men of Rohan would have died before Gandalf and Eomer showed up 8Tests of Friendship and loyalty “It's like in the great stories Mr Frodo The ones that really mattered Full of darkness and danger they were And sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow Even darkness must pass” Sam really starts to realise how important his role is in this adventure He may not have any songs sung about him and nobody will remember him as the hero but he is the one who will have to get Frodo to Mordor Frodo has the ring and Sam has Frodo He has a big task on his hands Also Gimli and Legolas know that they must stay close to Aragorn because his role is also very important The fellowship through broken must remain resolute “He stands not alone You would die before your stroke fell” 9Aragorn’s transition Aragorn has many moments to shine in the first book but it here that his real capabilities are displayed He leads part of the defence of the Helm’s Deep and he is instrumental in the final victory It is here that we begin to see the first glimpses of the man that will one day become the king of Gondor 10 The real threat is yet to be realised Mordor’s full strength has not been seen as of yet We’ve had glimpses and the tension is really increased as this book finishes The Witch King’s hour draws near Final thoughts Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was meant to be one entire book so when writing a review of this I did really consider the structure of the book There’s no beginning or end per say but that’s because it is the middle of the story And the middle of the story is just as grand as the rest of it

  2. Petrik says:

    “It's like in the great stories Mr Frodo The ones that really mattered Full of darkness and danger they were And sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it’s only a passing thing this shadow Even darkness must pass” Friendship hope resilience faith justice and bravery; these days good hearted with no grey morality characters are much easier for fantasy readers to dismiss I totally get it; this type of characters and stories have been done than a million times in fantasy stories and readers—myself included—sometimes prefer complexity However I also personally think that these kinds of characters are still much needed in the stories we devour Maybe even than ever The Two Towers being the second part of The Lord of the Rings touches upon these themes by transporting its readers to an old and familiar ground which I highly enjoyed readingI’m genuinely surprised by how fast and immersed I am with reading The Two Towers To be honest I never expected to find myself compelled from reading most of Tolkien’s work but I certainly did with this one This is surprising to me because The Two Towers have often been mentioned as being even slower and tedious than The Fellowship of the Ring by several fans of the series There’s something about The Two Towers that worked reasonably well with me To be clear there’s no clear beginning and ending with this volume but that’s also why what the characters faced in The Two Towers resonated; they’re doing whatever they can with the hope that their faith towards one another will be rewarded Many people in this world say and believe that true faith is achieved once you believe in something that you can’t see with your eyes After what happened at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring the main characters are plagued with doubts on whether they can succeed in completing the journey they set out to do And yet they persevere Honestly what they had was only the faith that everything will maybe turn out alright if they do everything they respectively can do the bestAnd isn’t that what we all do in our lives? “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” I’m also once again amazed at the film’s portrayal of the Battle of Helm’s Deep Now that I’ve read the scene in the original text for the first time I will say that what the movie did on this seuence was so much superior to what’s written I’m not saying that Tolkien’s Battle of Helm’s Deep was poorly written it’s just that the movie took the best uality of the text and increased the buildup the tensions and the execution of the battle dramatically Picture The Two Towers by Jonathan BurtonIf there’s one thing that the books do better it would be the world building and the characterizations for Faramir and Frodo Frodo in the movies in my opinion was mediocre I liked Frodo in the book and I think Tolkien’s writing of Frodo and Samwise Gamgee’s friendship was wonderfully done; it’s no wonder the movie could execute their friendship to its maximum potential I’ve been saying this since I first watched the movies and I will repeat it again that everyone needs a Samwise Gamgee in their life 'Why Sam' he said 'to hear you somehow makes me as merry as if the story was already written But you've left out one of the chief characters Samwise the stouthearted I want to hear about Sam dad Why didn't they put in of his talk dad? That's what I like it makes me laugh And Frodo wouldn't have got far without Sam would he dad?''Now Mr Frodo' said Sam 'you shouldn't make fun I was serious''So was I' said Frodo 'and so I am” As for the parts that didn’t work for me I’m going to keep this brief by saying that every single scene revolving around Merry Pippin Treebeards and the Ents bored me to oblivion Thankfully there aren’t too many of them but wow they totally tested my patience; their scenes were as painfully slow as the Ent’s communication with each otherPicture Fangorn Forest by Donato GiancolaOverall though despite a few issues I definitely enjoyed reading The Two Towers than reading The Fellowship of the Ring Not going to lie it helps a lot that there’s no Tom Bombadil’s nonsense here I only have one book left once I’m done reading The Return of the King it would mean that I’m finally done with Middle Earth I’ve read Silmarillion The Hobbit and the three Great Tales of Middle Earth after all these yearsYou can order the book from Book Depository Free shippingYou can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Special thanks to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me extra support towards my passion for reading and reviewingMy Patrons Alfred Alya Annabeth Devin Hamad Jimmy Nutts Joie Mike Miracle Nicholas Zoe

  3. Alejandro says:

    The hope for saving Middle Earth continues THE FELLOWSHIP IS BROKEN There 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 domainsMembers 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 rightWhile 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 maximumNew allies will rise but also the dark forces are getting strongerAnd 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 books 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 Théoden 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” GeezIn the movies is understood that Saruman “works” for Sauron but in the books at least in my humble analysis is uite 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 hopeSome war strategists would say that battling a lost battle is pointless and it’s better to flee for fighting another dayBut 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 follow It’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 butSamwise Gamgee shows one of the most amazing heroism of all not matter that you can say that he everything against himFirst 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 kindSam wasn’t as old as Frodo Pippin and Merry therefore less matureSam didn’t share a family bond like Frodo Pippin and Merry sharedSam 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 gardenerWhile Merry and Pippin were traveling with Frodo out of a family thing for Sam was basically a unpaid job imposed on himSo 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 ShireBut noNot SamSam keeps walking keeps looking out for his master Frodo and keeps to amaze due his honest loyalty his unconditional friendship and his unbelievable willpower

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    494 The Two Towers The Lord of The Rings #2 JRR John Ronald Reuel TolkienThe Two Towers is the second volume of JRR 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 Awakening from a dream of Gandalf the Grey battling the Balrog Frodo Baggins and his friend Samwise Gamgee find themselves lost in the Emyn Muil near Mordor and soon become aware that they are being stalked by Gollum the former owner of the One Ring After capturing him a sympathetic Frodo decides to use Gollum as a guide to Mordor despite Sam's objections عنوانها خداوندگار حلقه ها؛ فرمانروای حلقه ها؛ ارباب حلقه ها؛ سالار انگشتریها؛ نویسنده جیآرآر تالکین؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش ماه ژوئن سال 2002 میلادیعنوان خداوندگار حلقه ها؛ نویسنده نویسنده جیآرآر تالکین؛ مترجم تبسم آتشین جان؛ تهران، حوض نقره، 1381، در شش جلد؛ عنوان جلد نخست رهروان حلقه ها؛ شابک 9649305491؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 20 معنوان سالار انگشتریها؛ نویسنده نویسنده جیآرآر تالکین؛ مترجم ماه منیر فتحی؛ تبریز، فروغ آزادی، 1381، در سه جلد؛ عنوان جلد نخست دوستی انگشتری؛ جلد دوم دوتا برج؛ جلد سوم بازگشت پادشاه؛ شابک دوره ایکس 964697130؛ عنوان فرمانروای حلقه ها؛ نویسنده نویسنده جیآرآر تالکین؛ مترجم رضا علیزاده؛ تهران، روزنه 1381؛ در سه جلد؛ عنوان دیگر ارباب حلقه ها؛بخش نخست یاران حلقه؛ بخش دوم دو برج؛ بخش سوم بازگشت شاه؛ چاپ ششم 1391؛ شابک جلد نخست 9789643343224؛ عنوان ارباب حلقه ها؛ نویسنده نویسنده جیآرآر تالکین؛ مترجم پرویز امینی؛ تهران، دنیای نو، 1382؛ در شش جلد؛ شابک 9646564992؛کتاب حاضر بخش دوم از مجموعه سه گانه «ارباب حلقه ها» است در این کتاب «فرودو بگینز» و همراهش «سام»، پس از جدا شدن از گروه یاران حلقه تلاش میکنند، خودشان را به سرزمین «موردور»، و کوه هلاکت برسانند و از طرف دیگر یاران حلقه درگیر جنگی بزرگ میشوند، که «سارومان» متّحد «سائورون»، علیه «روهان» ترتیب میدهد کتاب نخست یاران حلقه؛ کتاب دوم دوبرج؛ کتاب سوم بازگشت شاه؛ ا شربیانی

  5. Paul E. Morph says:

    The second act of the classic Lord Of The Rings saga is divided into two halves; the second half focussing on Frodo Sam and Gollum and the first half focussing on the rest of the divided fellowshipTo 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

  6. Hannah Greendale says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend

  7. Jonathan says:

    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 weekSauron Hello my name is Sauron and it's been 56 years since the publication of my defeatGroup Hello SauronSauron I'mI'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 Fcks The Pooch Crusty old cracker It looked like my email was blocked so I tried another None of them worked frodosucksballsyahoocom; bitemearagorngmailcom; theresnowayanelfcouldfireabowandarrowlikethathotmailcom 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 hairGeneral Zod Can anyone help me??Agent Smith Shut the hell up windowboySauron Thank you Ahem Darth Maul BllllllaaarrgghhhDarth Vader You'll have to excuse my associate He'suselessHAL 9000 Just what do you think you're doing Dave? Agent Smith OMG Can anyone stop this light bulb from saying that every weekMoby Dick ArrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuuuuuflllllllllllllllllllAgent Smith Jesus now the whale is talkingRandall Flagg LetSaurontalksilenceSauron 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 I 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 Gríma Wormtongue he sounds reliable Every time I looked at his multi coloured eyes I wanted to pukeGeneral Zod That was pretty dumbKhan shouts THIS IS CETI ALPHA FIVESauron 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 10000 years ago TreesJabba the Hutt Sorry I got here late Has that loser Sauron started yet?silenceKhan I shall avenge youSauron 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 bitchKhan 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 transmissionMoby Dick Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhuuuuuuuuuuuuflllllllllllllllllllend transmission

  8. James says:

    Book Review For as long as I can remember I have loved serial fiction and saga stories The Lord of the Rings trilogy and associated books by JRR 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 mostIf 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 again About Me For 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 whowhatwhenwhere 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 creatorspolldaddy poll9729544polldaddy poll9719251

  9. Michael Finocchiaro says:

    One of my favorite books with extraordinary battles and wonderful writing The two towers are the symbols of religious and political malfeasance both affronted by Bilbo and the Fellowship of the Ring along with their allies in some of the most visual scenes of battle ever written Tolkien switches the storytelling techniue of the uest which served him so well in The Hobbit or There and Back Again and The Fellowship of the Ring Following Boromir's temporary insanity at the end of the previous book the Company is split into three pieces as The Two Towers begins Frodo and Sam are off on the uest alone Pippin and Merry have been captured by the orcs for transport to Mordor and Aragorn Gimli and Legolas are headed to join forces with the armies of Rohan As Aragorn Gimli and Legolas create a campfire near the forest of Fangorn there is another nice view of the nature of trees It may have been the dancing shadows that tricked their eyes but certainly to each of the companions the boughs appeared to be bending this way and that so as to come above the flames while the upper branches were stopping down; the brown leaves now stood out stiff and rubbed together like many cracked hands taking comfort in the warmth There was a silence for suddenly the dark and unknown forest so near at hand made itself felt as a great brooding presence full of secret purpose p 431 note that the page numbers are from the all in one volume of LOTRMeanwhile Pippin and Merry have befriended Treebeard an Ent tree person and have a wonderful time trying to understand each other p 454 in which Treebeard's language is wonderfully what one might imagine a tree to talk like Treebeard is no dummy having known Saruman for some time he perceives that he is up to no good p 462 and is persuaded by the Hobbits to rally the Ents to make battle on his stronghold at Isengard But before this there is another wonderful but very sad ecological message told by Treebeard the disappearance of the Entmaidens and this the coming extinction of all the Ents p 464 I found this to be very sad and also very real This theme seems to me to have been very important to Tolkien because even at the very end of The Return of the King when we see Treebeard one last time he laments the lost Entmaidens and Entwives once again Treebeard 'Of course it is likely enough my friends' he said slowly 'likely enough that we are going to our doom the last march of the EntsStill I would have liked to see the songs come true about the EntwivesBut there my friends songs like trees bear fruit only in their own time and in their own way and sometimes they are withered untimely p 475 Aragorn Legolas and Gimli arrive after Isengard has already succumbed to the anger of the Trees and let me just take one minute speaking of the trees to make a short homage to the late Neal Peart and his wonderful lyrics There is unrest in the forestThere is trouble with the treesFor the maples want sunlightAnd the oaks ignore their pleasThe trouble with the maplesAnd they're uite convinced they're rightThey say the oaks are just too loftyAnd they grab up all the lightBut the oaks can't help their feelingsIf they like the way they're madeAnd they wonder why the maplesCan't be happy in their shade?There is trouble in the forestAnd the creatures all have fledAs the maples scream 'oppression'And the oaks just shake their headsSo the maples formed a unionAnd demanded eual rights'The oaks are just too greedyWe will make them give us light'Now there's no oak oppressionFor they passed a noble lawAnd the trees are all kept eualBy hatchetAxeAnd sawRIP NealMerry and Pippen fill in their companions as to how the battle went The description starting on page 520 is gripping to say the least In the battle of Helm's Deep the moment where Gilmi suddenly beheads two Orcs to save Eomer was epic p 522 Another parenthesis here to talk about the beautiful description of friendship between Gimli and Legolas In Tolkien these two people have mostly been at odds like the Scots and the British or perhaps the Irish and the British? and the deep bond that is formed between the Elf and the Dwarf is striking One of the most moving passages to me is when they decide to visit their favorite sites together after the war'And lights Legolas We should make lights such lights as once shone in Khazad Düm; and when we wished we would drive away the night that has lain there since the hills were made; and when we desired rest we would let the night return''You move me Gilmi' said Legolas 'I have never heard you speak like this before Almost you make me regret that I have not seem those caves Come Let us make this bargain if we both return safe out of the perils that await us we will journey a while together You shall visit Fangorn with me and then I will come with you to see Helm's Deep' p 535 Fortunately we do get a glimpse of this journey in The Return of the KingLater Pippen and Merry meet Theoden before the critical discussion with a defeated Saruman and introduce the king to pipe smoking in the most delightful way 'For one thing'said Théoden 'I had not hear that hobbits spouted smoke from their mouths''That is not surprising' answered Merry; 'for it is an art which we have not practiced for than a few generations' p 544 Tobacco was introduced in England in 1565 following its 'discovery' by Columbus in 1492 so this is a homely reference to one of Tolkien's preferred vicesDuring the angry exchange between Gandalf and Sarumon I was curiously surprised to see a word which was all the rage in politics just two years ago'Gibbets and crows' Saruman hissed and they shuddered at the hideous change 'Dotard p 567 Interesting so does that word exist in Korean or did the North Korean leader actually read Tolkien in the original English? FascinatingOnce again the protagonists are split up but the story then shifts to the travails of Frodo and Sam on their slow progress towards Mount Doom They are pursued in the shadows by Gollum After a fall that in its somewhat existential nature reminded me of Don uixote falling off the window sill in Cervante's masterpiece they 'capture' Gollum who is to lead them on their journey one which he has naturally made before Gollum describes the awful Dead Marshes which are lifted straight out of Dante with the rotting heads They lie in all the pools pale faces deep deep under the dark water I saw them grim faces and evil and noble faces and sad Many faces proud and fair and weeds in their silver hair But all foul all rotting all dead A fell light is in them' p 614 One imagines that this hellscape comes directly from Tolkien's own wartime experiences on French battlefields in the hell of WWIHowever before entering this apocalyptic landscape they pass through idyllic Anduin Many great trees grew there planted long ago falling into untended age amid a riot of careless descendants; and groves and thickets were of tamarisk and pungent terebinth of olive and bay and there were junipers and myrtles; and thymes that grew in bushes or with their woody creeping stems mantled in deep tapestries the hidden stones; sages of many kinds putting forth blue flowers or red or pale green; and majorams and new sprouting parsleys and many herbs of forms and scents beyond the garden lore of Sam p 636 I love how Tolkien reminds us here that things that we take for granted as domesticated spices like thyme flowers parsley all were originally part of the primeval forest long ago And how if left to its own devices that it inevitably can come backDuring this phase of their voyage Frodo and Sam meet Faramir of the Rohan who will have a large role to play in the last volume Boromir's brother The meeting is rather uncomfortable because they bear memories of Boromir's final treachery although they do not yet know whether he is alive or dead but are relieved that Faramir does not lust after the Ring as his brother did 'But fear no I would not take this thing if it lay by the highway Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and I alone could save her so using the weapon of the Dark Lord for her good and my glory No I do not wish for such triumphs Frodo son of Drogo' p 656 Faramir shows himself worthy of future glory and is one of the noble and incorruptible spirits in the trilogyAs they take to the road again they have a beautiful precursor to the victory that they hope will ultimately be theirs and that of Middle Earth The eyes were hollow and the carven beard was broken but about the high stern forehead there was a coronal of silver and gold A trailing plant with flowers like small white stars had bound itself across the brows as if in reverence for the fallen king and in the crevices of his stony yellow stonecrop gleamed 'They cannot conuer for ever' said Frodo And then suddenly the brief glance was gone The Sun dipped and vanished and as if at the shuttering of a lamp black night fell p 687 Once again nature is used as a symbol of regeneration and hope There is a wonderful little soundbyte about storywriting which sounds perfectly suited to a FrodoSam conversation but is a real mise en abime since they are talking about themselves as characters in a story Sam'And that's the way of a real tale Take any one that you're fond of You may know or guess what kind of tale it is happy ending or sad ending but the people in it don't know And you don't want them to' p 696 I thought this was an absolutely wonderful clin d'oeil from our omniscient narrator Frodo continues 'You and I Sam are still stuck in the worst places of the story and it is all too likely that some will say at this point 'Shut the book now dad; we don't want to read any'''Maybe' said Sam 'but I wouldn't be one to say that Things done over and made into part of the great tales are different Why even Gollum might be good in a tale better than he is to have by you anyway And he used to like tales himself once by his account I wonder if he thinks he's the hero or the villain' p 697 This is a keen observation because Gollum is precisely somewhere between a victim and a villain and later between an unwilling hero and a clumsy villainThere occurs then a scene where Gollum displays his dual nature p 699 and before the curtain falls on our story Frodo is captured and Sam left aloneThis book is a real achievement as it is the perfect second volume of a thrilling trilogy it builds on the suspense of the first volume switching narrative frames and having us follow two or three groups of characters in parallel Its battle scenes are gripping and epic Whereas in the first volume we met Elves and Dwarves well remnants of a Dwarf civilization in any case in this book we meet the Men of Gondor and Rohan who will both be critical in the final battle of Mordor One of my favorite books everFino's Tolkien ReviewsThe HobbitThe Fellowship of the Ring LOTR 1The Two Towers LOTR 2The Return of the King LOTR 3Lord of the Rings 1 3 General Comments and ObservationsRaymond Edward's Tolkien biography

  10. Emily May says:

    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 noI 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?

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