Top critical review
on 11 August 2014
I mean, I have to admit, I did not enjoy this as thoroughly as I did the first part. This book seemed to drag and it got to a point at the end where I was thinking to myself, what could possibly be left for the third book?!
We start where we left off in the first book with the fellowship having been separated, and we are then informed in detail what each group has been up to in the time that they were separated. You've got Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, who are unaware if any of the other members have survived the attack of the Orcs and decide to look for clues that lead them to the hobbits. During that time, they run into Gandalf, who has risen from the dead as Gandalf the White, and they travel to Edoras and free King Theoden from the influence of Wormtongue. They then ride together, alongside King Theoden's army, to defeat Sauron's army.
Their journey takes them to reunite with Merry and Pippin who had escaped into Fangorn Forest and met Treebeard. I think this must have been the most excruciating part for me. Treebeard takes forever to recount his story and the history of his people, and just like the creature himself, his story is conveyed in a dull, tedious, monotonous way that it took me a while to get through that section.
On the other hand, Frodo and Sam meet Gollum who has been following them for a while, and they capture him and force him to take them to Mordor, where Frodo can finally destroy the ring. However, finding the gate heavily guarded, they need to take an alternative route to get inside. However, Gollum eventually betrays them and leads them into the spider's trap where Frodo is felled by her sting. Sam assuming Frodo is gone, turns to leave on his own, only to overhear the orcs who found Frodo's body say that he's still alive.
A great ending to an otherwise tedious book.