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[[ Read Pdf ]] ½ The Two Towers ì The second part of JRR Tolkien s epic adventure The Lord of the RingsThe Company of the Ring is sundered Frodo and Sam continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they goThus continues the classic tale begun in The Fellowship of the Ring, which reaches its awesome climax in The Return of the King 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 wr 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 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 many.This 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 be 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 many.This 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 WhiteDo I not say truly, Gandalf, said Aragorn at last, that you could go whithersoever you wished quicker 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 leads.Gandalf the Grey was charming and quirky he was everybody s friend and advisor But he was also a great wonderer and a great quester 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 FaramirHere 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 wings He 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 8.Tests of Friendship and loyaltyIt 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 resoluteHe stands not alone You would die before your stroke fell 9.Aragorn 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 sThe 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 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 passFriendship, hope, resilience, faith, justice, and bravery these days, good hearted with no grey morality characters are much easieIt 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 passFriendship, 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 donethan a million times in fantasy stories, and readers myself included sometimes prefercomplexity However, I also personally think that these kinds of characters are still much needed in the stories we devour Maybe eventhan 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 reading.I 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 best.And isn t that what we all do in our livesWar 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 defendI 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 sequence was so muchsuperior 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 quality 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 lifeWhy, 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 hearabout Sam, dad Why didn t they put inof 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 amAs 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 other.Picture Fangorn Forest by Donato GiancolaOverall, though, despite a few issues, I definitely enjoyed reading The Two Towersthan 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 onebook 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 years.You can order the book from Book Depository Free shipping You 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 reviewing My Patrons Alfred, Alya, Annabeth, Devin, Hamad, Jimmy Nutts, Joie, Mike, Miracle, Nicholas, Zoe. 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 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.But no.Not Sam.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