“Two Towers” continue the legacy of The Ring with amusing transition from children fantasy to strategic fantasy. Enthralling in every page.

Two Towers - J R R Tolkien

Genre – Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Classics, Adventure
Author – J R R Tolkien
Rating – 4.5 Stars Out Of 5

Synopsis (Taken from GoodReads)

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 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.


If I have to review “Two Towers” in one sentence then I would say that it is strategic/war fantasy novel as compared to “Fellowship Of The Ring” which is more of a children fantasy. Tolkien  very nicely created the middle-earth and “The One Ring” in “Fellowship Of The Ring” which he continued equally aptly in this second part of “Lord Of The Rings”. “Two Towers” picks up the pace from page 1 and continues to enchant the reader till the last page. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Throughout the writing of J R R Tolkien I honestly felt that J R R Tolkien is an amazing dialogue writer. All conversation, be it between two Orcs or two Hobbits, Tolkien has put truly entertaining and witty dialogues. Other than dialogues, I must mention that Tolkien has slew of queer things to make “Lord Of The Rings” series amusing. When he introduces any new character in the story, he is never brief. E.g. Ents of the forest. Tolkien gave full account of this character,  their origin their errand and so on still sticking to the plot. Not a single character derails the main storyline. It amused me fitfully. But it is also the first negative part of the novel, I felt that the pace of the novel had a little hindrance due to this TreeBeard character.

Two Towers” has many war scenes. It makes the story more intriguing and swift but at the same time it asks for more imagination to visualize geography and war situation. I am not sure if it is due to my lack of imagination power or total queerness of the middle earth but I found the war description of helm's deep a bit pale. I was not able to envision exactly what is happening as I was able to in many previous fights. I thought that this was second negative part of the novel.

Those who have read “The Hobbit” must be aware of the nasty little creature Gollum – perhaps the most cunning and best fictional character of Tolkien. I liked “Two Towers” mostly for this character. Second half of this novel is dominated by Gollum only. Many people say that “Lord Of The Rings” series has huge impact of World War II. If that is true then I wonder what influenced Tolkien create this character. :lol….. Gollum is witty, wicked, cunning and most importantly it is amusing. Full points to Tolkien and Gollum.

Rating & Conclusion

I would STRONGLY RECOMMEND this book to every book lover. Amusing dialogues, sheer entertaining characters (Esp. Gollum) and awesome war scenes make “Two Towers” stand tall in the fantasy genre. I would rate it 4.5 Stars Out Of 5. If you liked “Fellowship Of The Ring” then you would surely enjoy this book.

Posted by: Pravin Patil
Last revised: 01 Mar, 2014 05:43 PM


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