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The Two Towers: Two Towers Vol 2 (The Lord of the Rings) [Paperback]

J. R. R. Tolkien
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17 April 2007 0261102362 978-0261102361 New Ed

Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, featuring a striking black cover based on Tolkien’s own design, the definitive text, and a detailed map of Middle-earth.

Frodo and the 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 the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, 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 were attacked by Orcs.

Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (17 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0261102362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0261102361
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3rd January 1892. After serving in the First World War, he became best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, selling 150 million copies in more than 40 languages worldwide. Awarded the CBE and an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Oxford University, he died in 1973 at the age of 81.

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‘Tolkien’s invention of strange peoples, curious incidents, miraculous doings, is poured out in this second volume of his trilogy as exuberantly and convincingly in a dreamlike way, as ever. As the story goes on the world of the Ring grows more vast and mysterious and crowded with curious figures, horrible, delightful or comic. The story itself is superb.’ The Observer

‘Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.’ Sunday Telegraph

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This large print edition tells the story of Frodo and the Companions of the Ring, who 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 the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, 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 were attacked by Orcs.

Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Warning 11 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
The vast majority of people who read Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings' have nothing but praise for it. But i am here to tell you that it does have one major fault.
Its language is so eloquent, and characters so captivating, that within a few chapters it has a hold on you. It makes you long for any opportunity to read a few more pages. Anywhere will do, at home, at work, at school, whilst waiting for a bus - even at a lecture. In the same way that The Ring has a hold on all its bearers, this book will get a hold on you.
I'm sure by now you must be aware of the plot. A young Hobbit ('what is a hobbit?...a little people, about half our height...There is little or no magic about them...They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colours (chiefly green and yellow); wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly); have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces, and laugh deep fruity laughs...') (Taken from 'The Hobbit'). Named Frodo Baggins, inherits a ring from his older cousin Bilbo. It is a very dangerous treasure and as a result it is decided that it must be destroyed. So Frodo, along with a company of eight other travellers, consisting of three other hobbits, two men, an elf, a dwarf and a wizard, sets out to eliminate the ring, by casting it into the fires of its making, at Mount Doom.
Now i shall tell you of this books greatest flaw; because the story is so captivating, the spirit of this book will not let you go. It's just like a person's first love. No matter how many other people you fall for, none will ever touch you so deeply as the first. It's the same with 'The Lord of the Rings', no other book can come close.
And that's the problem.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sound approach to Middle-Earth 15 Sep 2001
Format:Misc. Supplies
I must have read J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings at least 30 times over the same number of years.
I have seen two films come and go, that did not 'reach' me in the same way as the books (it is usually the same with pictures/drawings etc).
The Lord of the Rings is one of those rare books who's impressions given are personal to that reader.
In this way the CD's (taken from the BBC Radio adaptation of the early 1980's), do not intrude on ones personal 'mind pictures' for the story. In a number of respects they enhance previous reading experience. The voices are particularly good, striking, in terms of Gandalf and the late/great Sir Michael Hordern.
Admittedly, some scenes have had to be passed over,especially earlier on in the story i.e the old forest, Tom Bombadil, the barrow downs (due to the sheer size of the work), other than these areas, the story is very much intact.
This is a story (we found) best played on a winters night around the fire (it can make television almost seem a basic and vulgar entertainment). But however heard, it will inspire, thrill, and endear all to the great man's master work.
The 13 CD package is attractively packaged, including a map, and a CD of music from this adaptation.
I believe this sort of experience/entertainment is ideal for children of all ages, particularly really grown up children (adults) !
These CD's will compliment your Tolkien collection and continue the pure magic of this classic tale for years/generations to come.
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275 of 289 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a novel in the modern sense 3 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
To all the people who've given this a low mark, and all seem to have the same gripe with it - you all fail to understand that this is not a novel in the sense we've come to understand as a fantasy novel these days, so it's not fair to judge it as such.
Tolkien was not a career author, he didn't set out to write a searing page-turner, a wizzbang tale of derring-do in 500 sizzling chapters. Gandalf doesn't hurl raging fireballs at enemies, Aragorn doesn't have a sex scene with Arwen while doing Eowyn behind her back, there's no pandering to the lowest common denominator to flog a few more copies.
Tolkien barely cared if no one ever read it. He was writing it largely for himself and his friends and family.
You're all guilty of confusing the result of Tolkien's legacy and influence (virtually every other fantasy novel, movie or game) with his actual work, and expecting to see in the father what you've seen in his unruly children.

Judge it for what it is, not for what you wanted it to be as a modern fantasy reader.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of audio dramatisation 9 Sep 2001
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Having read and loved the book I really had doubts that a 13 hour audio full dramatised version could do it justice but any doubts I had were quashed when I heard the first few minutes and that haunting main theme kicked in. Assuming if you're reading this you've already read the book I won't need to go into specifics but Gollum was just so...perfect. Loathsome and quite pitiful at the same time. Ian Holm as Frodo was magnificent, the leading role of a talented cast, special praise going to those actors portraying Bilbo, Gandalf, Aragorn, Pippin, Merry, Sam, Legolas, Gimli and Boromir. The music was equal parts moving, exciting and awe-inspring, and how nice of the CD makers to include a 14th disc with nearly an hour of the score, my fave parts being the main score and the fan-bloody-tastic March of the Ents. Every single part of this version of the book to end all books is honed to perfection, but the standouts go to the Prancing Pony section of disc 2 and the entire Mines of Moria sequence of Disc 4, which is a triumph of sound in a scene where visuals are all. I could babble on forever about this, but, it may seem costly, but it's worth it. Empty your wallets, go home, put this on and be entranced.
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Excellent book. Amazing read. I would emplore you to ensure you read the entire series.
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it is awsome to read this book, also buy the other books ( hobbit,fellowship of the ring,the two towers ,and this one at the end.
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I have read this book many times. It is one of the classic books ever written. Forget the films. If you want to know the real story read this book and then listen to the BBC Radio... Read more
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Published 9 days ago by Anastasia Bird
4.0 out of 5 stars The 3(6) books of Tolkien
Well written, keeps your interest no matter how long. I won't remember all the details so will have to read it again I the not too distant future.
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