Rob Inglis's readings of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings are unlikely to be improved upon. He has the accents and the characterization perfect from his own one-man-show based on the books. He knows the proper pronunciations of Tolkien's words and names (except Smeagol, unfortunately). He renders both the spirit and the literary beauty of Tolkien as they should be rendered, reading this best of read-aloud books in a nearly perfect rendition. The only thing that could be better is having it read aloud by your own parent when you're a kid.
Brilliant. Awe-inspiring. Masterfully written *****
THE TWO TOWERS, the second part of Tolkien's LOTR trilogy, takes the reader on a remarkable, almost breathless journey: chasing orcs who have captured Merry and Pippen; galloping across the plains of Rohan with Riders of the Rohirrim; the bloody battle of Helm's Deep; the vast wasteland of Isengard; the perilous journey of Frodo and Sam to the borders of Mordor, accompanied by a most unlikely ally. Unlike "The Fellowship of the Ring," Tolkien's first installment, which at times was compelled to slow to a snail's pace to patiently set up the story, THE TWO TOWERS moves the reader along at a rapid clip, from the first page to the last.
Here we are also introduced to a rich variety of new characters: Eomer, King Theoden, the evil Wormtongue, Treebeard the Ent, Faramir of Gondor, and a nasty assortment of snarling orcs. Tolkien's mastery of the written word brings these characters, and the places of Middle-earth they inhabit--to colorful life. The rich imagery he creates is unsurpassed; THE TWO TOWERS is storytelling unsurpassed. Highly recommended.
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 lustfilled, slave to the corruption of the Ring.
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I really Liked the book. overall i think its an epic and preeminent book about the clash of the fellowship and new allies, This book is going to be a exiting novel if u have comprehended the first book
This is the second part of The Lord of the Rings. These books are about the imaginary world of Middle-earth. The hobbits, a peace-loving people live there. People of all ages enjoy these classic myths.
The book was more enjoyable then the film in more ways then one. Not saying the movie was less. The film was about action over alland book drove in the personal side of the story. All in all the book not a let down after watching the movie first It filled the hole that the movie had.
New Line Cinema will be releasing "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy in three separate installments, and Houghton Mifflin Tolkien's U.S. publisher since the release of The Hobbit in 1938 will be re-releasing each volume of the trilogy separately and in a boxed set (ISBN 0-618-15397-7. $22; pap. ISBN 0-618-15396-9. $12). Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This is a very exciting book. It made it up to my very favorite books. Also, if you get stuck, don't think it is boring. Keep going! The next chapter might have lots of excitement in it. This book is one of those great books that have no bad language. Another plus. It is pretty long. But you can always put it off every now and then.
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. The second volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure, THE LORD OF THE RINGS
In this book, Mr. Tolkien continues the great romance which he began with the fellowship of the ring. Prophecy is a dangerous business, but i should not be surprised if we turned out to have a new classic on our hands.... If you know a great book when you see one, you will want all of these
The Fellowship was scattered. Some were bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of Suaron. Some were contending witht he 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.
These books are definately a must-read for any bookworms (even non-bookworms would love it). Tolkien has a way or painting a picture in your mind; it's obvious that middle-earth was as real to him as our world. LOTR became real to me, with a perfect mix of tragedy, adventure, comedy and romance that will keep a reader's attention. The Two Towers is awesome!! I read our copy to the point that the covers fell off!!
Just as the second act of a play is the darkest, the second volume of the trilogy seems to leave us (or rather Frodo) doomed. The fate of the world is in the hands of the small and meek rather than the rich and powerful---how will it end? To me, this has never been a stand-alone story, but the trio has been a yearly favorite.
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 lustfilled, slave to the corruption of the Ring.
Part two of the classic trilogy. Notice I use the definitive article. I can't say enough good things, and I can't choose which shades of description to use to inadequately describe Tolkien's masterwork. Just read it. All three. Tomorrow.
This is a great book! The Frodo/Sam/Gollum part can be a bit hard to get through, so since this book is divided into two "books" I switch between them every other chapter for some variety. It works really well! Tolkien was a genius!
If you want to find out what really happened in the book that didn't happen in the movie... read this. J.R.R. Tolkien is an exceptional writer and these stories... all three of them... AND the Hobbit are spellbinding and captivating.
I read this book many years ago, so I bought it again with the intention of rereading it. I haven't done so and it's been sitting, collecting dust for 2 years now. I think someone else could make better use of it!