Series: The Lord of the Rings #2
Published by Allen & Unwin on November 11th, 1954
Genres: Adult, Classics, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, High Fantasy
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
Quite a bit better than The Fellowship of the Ring. I just enjoyed it a lot more, despite the fact that it took me like 3 times longer to read. But hey, whatever, it’s vacation, there’s no rush.
While I didn’t remember the movie version of The Two Towers being better than the movie version of the Fellowship, I felt like the book improved rapidly. The pacing was better: there was more action, less descriptive setting sections (they were still there, but notably less). I think what helped here is that Tolkien put all his effort into building up the world in the Fellowship, which led to the long descriptive passages. That all being done, he was able to focus more on the action and the story in The Two Towers, which is vastly more interesting.
I loved Book 1, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf, Merry, and Pippin’s story. Book 2 was a bit less for me. It picked up when Faramir arrived. But having the two storylines separated like that leads to a bit of confusion as to when the events coincide, and can cause disinterest. I just found Frodo’s story much less interesting. But oh well.
The only thing that I can really note as a disappointment is the speed with which the Battle of Helm’s Deep was done. That was such a short passage, and I was expecting a totally amazing fight sequence. So that let me down just a little.
But yeah, five oranges 🙂 really glad I’m reading the series, finally.