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Book Thoughts: The Two Towers (J R R Tolkien)

Tolkien, J R R - The Lord of the Rings 2 The Two Towers

★★★★★☆☆

Title:  The Lord of the Rings #2 – The Two Towers
Author: J R R Tolkien
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 1954
Edition: paperback, published by HarperCollins in 2001 (film tie in)

Whereas I did not think the first book in this trilogy was as good as I remembered,I had far more fun with this one. The story is more evenly paced, things are happening all the time and I actually felt like we were getting somewhere.

The first half (book three) is centered on Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas and Merry and Pippin. I liked that half a lot. I had forgotten how theatrical Tolkien’s writing can be, especially his dialogue. Sometimes you almost get a Shakespearean feel and in my mind I could see it on stage with actors overperforming the parts.

The second half (book four) concentrated on Sam and Frodo’s journey with Gollum. That part was less lyrical, but I enjoyed it for the interactions between the hobbits and Gollum. I love how three-dimensional Gollum is as a character.

I really enjoyed this re-read a lot. I do wish the chapters from book three and four were interspersed rather than separated, but it definitely had more of a spark than the first book and it has that classic fantasy vibe to it that I enjoyed.

5 out of 7 stars

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