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The Lord of the Rings 2. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1979, Paperback)

J.R.R. Tolkien | ISBN-10: 0686527003 | ISBN-13: 9780686527008
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For over fifty years, J.R.R. Tolkien's peerless fantasy has accumulated worldwide acclaim as the greatest adventure tale ever written. No other writer has created a world as distinct as Middle-earth, complete with its own geography, history, languages, and legends. And no one has created characters as endearing as Tolkien's large-hearted, hairy-footed hobbits. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings continues to seize the imaginations of readers of all ages, and this new three-volume paperback edition is designed to appeal to the youngest of them.

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ISBN-139780686527008

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AuthorJ. R. R. Tolkien
SeriesThe Lord of the Rings Ser.
FormatPaperback
Publication Date1979-04-01
LanguageEnglish
PublisherFotonovel Publications

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Created: 09/10/07

The Ultimate Fantasy Novels!

Review For: The Lord of the Rings 2. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1979, Paperback)

The Lord of the Rings in my opinion is the best fantasy series ever written. J. R. R. Tolkien elaborately created a world with such detailed history, complexity and consistency that you are completely drawn into the story. There is no detail that is forgotten in these stories and the descriptions of characters, places, battles and situations are extremely rich and vivid.

The story starts off with an unusually eccentric hobbit (Bilbo Baggins) preparing to celebrate his "eleventy-first" birthday.

"Bilbo was very rich and very peculiar, and had been the wonder of the shire for sixty years, ever since his remarkable disappearance and unexpected return. Thhe riches he had brought back from his travels had now become local legend, and it was popularly believed, whatever the old folk might say, that the Hill at Bag End was full of tunnels stuffed with treasure........."

The story grows and builds and weaves the characters and amazing land of Middle-Earth together into an inspiring adventure that never stops until the last page. Hobbits, Wizards, Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Orcs, Uruk-hai and many more wondrous creatures await you. You will not be disappointed in this book (these books). If you have seen the movies I encourage you to read the books, as there is so much detail missing from the movies; (even as detailed and grand a the movies are). These books allow you to see the story, the characters, the places and battles in your mind as vividly as if you were watching a movie.

(A small factoid for you; these stories which are now usually a trilogy and sometimes a single compilation were originally six books which were intended by the author to be published as a single novel. The publisher broke it up and printed it as a trilogy(1954) because it was thought to be too long as a single novel)

* I would also recomend reading: The Hobbit by: J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit is actually the story about Bilbo and how he gains possession of "The Ring" and how he meets many of the main character in the Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit also gives you amazing history and background to lead up to the Lord of the Rings.

ENJOY THE BOOKS! AND PLEASE RATE MY REVIEW.

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Created: 09/14/07

More than just a Fantasy Story

The influence of JRR Tolkien to the works of English Literature is only be rivaled by William Shakespeare. Note that Tolkien, unlike Bill, has no cloud of controversy as to whether he wrote all his works or not. The concept of creating a real language for other races (popularly used in Star Trek) was started when he wrote the language of the elves. He created the Ents, commonly called Treefolk in Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Finally, although brutal beasts have existed for centuries in fantasy and legend, he was the first to call the most powerful ones Orcs.
But The Lord of the Rings (LOR) would not have had the influence it does if all he did was invent monsters or fantastic words. LOR is a true work of literature. There are many different layers to the story and something in their depth is bound to appeal to anybody.
LOR is first of all a Fantasy Adventure story, filled with mighty heroes, strange monsters, fantastic cultures and powerful magic. It is a series filled with a rich history of unpublished works he had been working on. It is an allegorical history of the fall of the feudal society, the rise of industry and the struggle for human rights. It is a reflection of both world wars. Finally, it is a story of Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular.
The series was not originally what Tolkien wanted to write. He had been working on the histories and stories of Middle Earth for decades and wanted to use them as the background for what would be the final, and greatest, story of that mythos. The Hobbit, however, was too popular and he was forced to write "another halfling story". In the end, he compromised and adjusted his own ideas to accept the hobbits as major characters. It is for this reason that The Hobbit, even after being substantially re-written, does not fit as smoothly with LOR as one would expect for a "prequel". His original world can be found in "The Simerillian" and other works published after his death by his son Christopher.
The Industrial Revolution destroyed a 1000 year culture. The nobility fell from power (Elves leaving Middle Earth), the influence of the guilds was minimized (Dwarves hiding in their caves) and the Church came under siege (Galadriel refusing to leave Lothlorien). At this time, the industrialists (Sauroman) and dictators (Saron) enslaved the people (Orcs) and threatened to destroy human rights (the Free Peoples Gondor and Rohan). When Aragorn is crowned King, Tolkien was prophesizing the ultimate victory over oppression that happened in the 1980s with the fall of communism. Marx, Steinbeck, HG Wells and other great authors all wrote about certain aspects of this time, but only Tolkien covered the entire 150+ year period.
The series was written during WW II, so it is easy to understand why the fears of the Free Peoples come so alive. Tolkien and the people he worked and lived with were experiencing the very same threat themselves.
The Christian references in the story are too numerous to list in the limited space of this forum, but it is easy to point out how Jesus (Gandalf), papal authority (Galadriel), Judas (Boramir) and sin (the ring) are portrayed in the series.
The LOR is more than just another fantasy adventure story. It presents nearly 200 years of human struggle for rights in a changing world and emphasizes the importance of spirituality in order to win.

John Holland-author of The Necklace of Terrersylvanous

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Created: 09/10/09

Elaborate review

Review For: The Lord of the Rings 2. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1979, Paperback)

One of the advantages of the novel is, certainly, the style in which the novel was written. What is interesting about it, is the fact that nowadays, the vocabulary and stylistic means used in “Lord of the Rings” might actually be more interesting than around the time it has been originally published. It is mainly thanks to the archaic—and quite lofty—tongue that has been used to portray all the events; it suits them very well and quite accurately corresponds with their scale and seriousness.

Descriptions used in the book are very satisfying and rich in detail, where such detail is needed. Going through the depiction of the fields of Rohan, the reader can nearly feel the wind in his / her hair, while the image of Moria can evoke a severe emotion of unease. Descriptions of battles and smaller skirmishes are dynamic and very clear.

Heroes of the “Lord of the Rings” can be divided into two groups: a group that has received heavy character development (Frodo, Smeagol), and a group of those who have remained nearly the same through the entire novel (all the rest). It seems that both Frodo and Smeagol change their personalities only due to the influence of the One Ring, which implies that, if it were not for the artifact, they too would remain the same. Regardless of how two-dimensional the heroes of the novel may be, what’s visible to the naked eye of a reader is still pretty interesting. For the needs of his book, Tolkien has created people (elves, dwarves and hobbits) of nearly unbreakable determination.

WARNING – HERE BE SPOILERS!

The world of the “Lord of the Rings” is filled with the notion of struggle for justice. Most instances of bestowing justice upon the world, are guided by the laws of retributive justice, in which only the defending side has rights to find compensation for their loss. With wealth-being of the aggressors ignored, “Lord of the Rings” definitely fits its genre in the kind of justice it proclaims and it does so until one of the last chapters, namely the one depicting Frodo’s homecoming. As the readers already know, under the absence of the main protagonist Shire has been completely changed. Hobbits became suspicious of strangers, very strict regulations has been enforced by the newly-founded militia, composed mainly of thugs, lovely hills of his homeland has been leveled and destroyed and once clear sky has been intoxicated by chocking clouds of smoke from furnaces. Seeing the magnitude of damage, having discovered who stands behind the degradation and finally apprehending the villain Frodo does something rather rare for a hero of a fantasy novel. Instead of punishing the main perpetrator—Saruman of all colors—Frodo decides to banish him from his lands. What is more unusual he also offers forgiveness to Grima, Saruman’s right hand. Such an act is, clearly, an example of the restorative justice, according to laws of which, the victim does not punish the offender, but after offering him a possibility of a peaceful coexistence, they both start the process of healing. Such an approach is fairly atypical for fantasy novels, which—in most instances—employ the motive of righteous vengeance (retributive justice) or the torment of the perpetrator, imposed on him by his own conscience or by fate (poetic justice).

END OF SPOILERS

I hope my review was interesting enough, for some to read all of it.
Generally speaking, the book is an obligatory ABC of fantasy genre and I recommend it with all my heart.

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Created: 08/22/07

The Ultimate version of Lord of the Rings

Review For: The Lord of the Rings 2. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1979, Paperback)

I can't say enough about this book...Tolkien is the master. Even before the genius of Peter Jackson and his cast and crew this book stood alone for it's amazing otherworldliness yet in our world. It is so real it feels and you almost believe this is a true account of our very early history...the beginning...kind of makes you nostaglic for Hobbits and Elves and grand adventures. I love this book but more about this actual edition of this magnificient epic. I love this version because not only is it how Tolkien intended (all three together), it is done beautifully at that. With maps and appendices, annexes, and indexes and everything....everything you are looking for and could want. It is large and includes every word. It even has a red bookmark included. It has a hard slipcover to protect the book and it is just a real beauty. I have been really pleased with my purchase!! Does justice to this amazing book and to my love for it. It's great, you won't be disappointed.

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Created: 07/22/10

Tolkien...Best fantasy writer, ever!

Review For: The Lord of the Rings 2. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien (1979, Paperback)

First the book itself is just beautiful; I love collectors' copies of books. As far as the stories go,(this and The Hobbit)these are the best fantasy stories I have read, the first time I read these was when I was a kid back in the 70's and I have reread them several times over the years. There is so much detail and the characters are wonderful. All of the movies suck, as usual some director in Hollywood decided to change the story, but if you remotely liked the movies you will love the books, and believe me you will not regret spending the time to read them!

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