The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien

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  1. Robert L. Says:

    Summary:
    The Two Towers is the continued story of the Fellowship of the Ring after its breaking at Parth Galen. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli come to Rohan, land of the Horse-Lords, tracking the hobbits Merry and Pippin. Soon they are reunited with a long lost friend, Gandalf the White. Conflict soon arises between the Rohirrim(dwellers of Rohan) and Saruman, the wizard turned traitor who commands Isengard and the Tower of Orthanc. Saruman sends a great army of Uruk-hai, an evil breed greater than the foul Orcs of Sauron., which besbesiege the Rohirrim in the great refuge of Helm’s Deep. After breaking out and defeating the Uruk-hai, the remnant of the Fellowship and the king of Rohan, Theoden, ride to Isengard, to confront Saruman. Once they arrive, they find that the Ents, Shepherds of the Trees, have stormed Isengard and destroyed Saruman’s war machine, taking Isengard under their management.
    The second part of the book focuses on the journey of Fodo and Sam. After getting lost in the stone labyrinth Emyn Muil, the two hobbits capture Gollum, who begins to lead them to Mordor as their guide. After many days of traveling, the hobbits come to the Morgul Vale, where lies the steps of Cirith Ungol, a path into the dark land of Mordor. Climbing the pass, Frodo and Sam come to the lair of Shelob, a great and terrible spider. There Gollum betrays them and informs Shelob that the hobbits are coming and will make a tasty meal. Frodo and Sam come to Shelob’s lair and fight their way through. Frodo is poisoned by Shelob, found by Orcs, and taken to the Tower of Cirith Ungol. Sam takes the One Ring for safe-keeping and goes to rescue his master.

    Evaluation:
    I thought this book was amazing! The story of Middle Earth in the War of the Ring is great, with many twists and turns. I liked reading of the bravery of the people of Middle Earth and their fight against the evils of Sauron and Saruman. Even if there seems to be no hope, the people fight on, unwilling to live under darkness. I loved reading of the struggles and difficulties the heroes face. Not because of the trouble, but because of the courage and bravery the people show. They refuse to just give up and step aside and allow their homes to be taken ad their families turned to slaves. They fight, and keep on fighting till they die. The harmony brought from this discord is awe-inspiring. The Elves, Men, and Dwarves work with each other in order to end the reign of Sauron and Saruman. To face the might of these two evils, all the people of Middle Earth come together to rise up and defeat the powers of the Two Towers.

    Rating: 5/5 stars.

    Recommendations:
    Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien

  2. Wilson F. H. Says:

    The Fellowship of the Ring
    The Two Towers
    The Return of the King
    -The Lord of the Rings Trilogy-

    Summary:
    The Fellowship of the Ring: the world renowned epic trilogy begins with what The Hobbit ended with: Bilbo Baggins. With his stolen ring he sets Frodo on a journey that should’ve already happened: the destruction of the Ring of Power. After mishaps customary to adventurous tales like this, Frodo, Sam, Peregrin and Meriadoc arrive at Rivendell. There the Fellowship begins, and with Strider, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli and Boromir to help them, their adventures are only just starting…
    The Two Towers: Mithrandir is dead! Following the shock of Gandalf’s last stand, the Felowship shortly crumbled. No farther than Anduin did it reach, and thereafter each followed their own destinies. As Rohan approaches, they find that danger and betrayal are in full swing: Saruman has been corrupted by Sauron. Mordor still draws closer to Sam and Frodo, but all eyes are on Isengard, and whether it will best Rohan. Miracles must yield, or Helm’s Deep will prove the ending of the Riders of the Mark…
    The Return of the King: Miracles indeed. Gandalf the White has returned triumphous; the Ents enduring; Isengard has fallen. Reunion for the Fellowship is short because of the following desperate measures. Minas Tirith is in dire need of Rohan, but Rohan can only come too late. Even if Gondor stands, would Sauron falter? Frodo, deceived by Gollum, is dead or dying in an orc tower, leaving Sam to decide the fate of the middle earth. The fate of the world is on a chain around a hobbit’s neck.

    Evaluation:
    As a series LOTR is one the best, if not the best series ever written. Tolkien didn’t write a collection of stories; he created a world that people wish they lived in. Some people think that LOTR is based off of WWII. Although possible, I think this masterpiece deserves a higher praise than “based in true events.” The plot twists through a magical land that many would wish to gaze upon; the characters express themselves in a way that only a master can compose. Especially Samwise. Frodo would’ve never gotten far past Anduin without Sam as a fellow to look to for support. You can’t help but wonder at this evolving world separate from our own.

    5/5 stars

    Recommendations:
    Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
    Eragon by Christopher Paolini
    Redwall by Brian Jacques

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