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The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings [Kindle Edition]

J.R.R. Tolkien
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Book Description

The second volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

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.

“Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century. The book presents us with the richest profusion of new lands and creatures, from the beauty of Lothlórien to the horror of Mordor.” – Sunday Telegraph

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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).
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'An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent, in a region where everything is invented, forest, moor, river, wilderness, town and the races which inhabit them.' The Observer 'Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.' Sunday Telegraph 'Extraordinarily imaginative, and wholly exciting' The Times 'The story itself is superb' Observer 'A most remarkable feat' Guardian 'Masterpiece? Oh yes' Evening Standard 'An astonishing imaginative tour de force' Daily Telegraph

Product Details

  • File Size: 938 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345339711
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (February 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007978PKY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gift for the Ages May 8, 2006
Format:Paperback
"The Lord of the Rings" is so secure at the pinnacle of all fantasy that any review of it risks presumption. The measure of this work's greatness can be found in the thousands of lesser works it has inspired, some in imitation, most in homage--all pale reflections of the world, the wisdom, the wonder of Middle Earth.

Over the years, I have re-read this masterwork at least two dozen times. Yet it never ceases to delight me with new revelations. Over time, these revelations have evolved from discoveries about the book to reflections about myself. This is art in its highest form: it inspires, indeed, demands self-understanding.

In my younger days, I was drawn to the clash of armies, the glory of battle, the valour of Aragorn and Eowyn, the sacrifice of Theoden and Faramir. But as I have aged, it is the suffering of Frodo and Sam that most moves me. The deepest courage is not found in battle, but in the act of bearing the heaviest burdens alone, beyond help, beyond hope, beyond endurance, beyond even despair--"that which we are, we are; /One equal-temper of heroic hearts, /Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will /To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

This work is perfect in its completeness. It lacks nothing and is endowed with themes both timeless and universal.

Consider the role of pity. We contemplate this theme for the first time when Gandalf reflects that Bilbo spared Gollum's life for pity. Then consider Frodo's first meeting with Gollum: "now that I see him, I do pity him." Or Gandalf's rebuke of Denethor, "...for me, I pity even [Sauron's] slaves." Faramir's pity for Eowyn--"do not scorn pity that is the gift of a gentle heart"--lifts despair from her soul and permits her to live and to love again.
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90 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last. August 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The magnificence of Rob Inglis' dramatization, both with respect to its place in the Tolkien Legend and in comparision to the present state of the spoken theatre, is quite simply ineffible. Here presented is THE ONLY completely unabriged reading of the Lord of the Rings to be found, and to commuters like me, it represents a long awaited opportunity to become aquianted with the work of a genius without fear of losing precious shards of his masterpiece to the whim of an editor. Worth every moment of the 20 hour listening time, from the endearing character voices to the hearty singing of songs and chanting of poetry that is sure to linger in your mind throughout the day. A purely wonderful experience for both Tolkien Veterans and the uninitiated alike.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the Third Age February 2, 2000
Format:Paperback
The Return of the King is the final part of The Lord of the Rings. In this last part the feeling of good versus evil reaches its pinnacle in LOTR. Tolkien gave incredible detail describing the War of the Ring, as it spanned several chapters. All of the characters are developed further, and for most of the TROTK, the story remains a two way split. TROTK has an amazing conclusion, and that is partly bad. Upon finishing the novel, I was sad that it was over, and I didn't want it to be over, because Middle-Earth is a great place to get lost in. You go on the journey that the Fellowship undertook, and feel everything that each member of the party felt. This is possible because throughout LOTR, Tolkien wrote vivid passages describing the regions of Middle-Earth, the characters, and what they were thinking. I read TROTK more slowly, because I wanted to stay longer than what the novel would allow. The four hobbits of the Fellowship become harden warriors, a trait that was virtually absent from their kind. Even though the novel finally came to a complete finish, it felt like it left room for more. It's to bad that there is no direct sequel, and while it answers most of the questions left from the end of The Hobbit, the reader can come up with plenty more questions upon finishing LOTR. Professor Tolkien did a work that was unexpected in its depth. He invented several REAL languages and writing systems, a complete history to back the novel, and created a wonderful world filled with diverse races and environments. Some fantasy authors may have tried to reach Tolkien's level in fantasy literature, but I am certain the The Lord of the Rings will never be duplicated. The Return of the King stands as the incredible conclusion of the greatest epic ever written. My only regret was that it ended.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Word for Word a True Delight September 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
By all means, choose this unabridged cassette version whether you are "reading" LOTR for the first time or for the umpteenth time! I debated whether to go with this cassette version of LOTR or the newly-released BBC CD set with Sir Ian Holm. Thank goodness for Amazon reviews because after reading that the CD set was NOT truly unabridged (how could they leave out Tom Bombadil?!), it simplified my decision. Rob Inglis is outstanding reader and does a fine job selecting an appropriate voice for each of the characters. I personally find it much more pleasing than a host of voices (of course if Sir Ian had done the entire CD version, I'd be back to a difficult decision). The point for me when listening to a book is to hear the story and use my imagination; too many voices or sound effects can be distracting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is one of the best books I've read so far
This book I would give a 5 star rating.

Because it was so detailed and it told everything at the right time. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lars Dietrich
5.0 out of 5 stars a Genuine Classic
This book gets better every time I read it! Peter Jackson did a great job with the movies but the books really bring the story to life.
Published 3 days ago by Bjorn Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't watch the movie! (yet!)
I got sucked into the world Tolkien made. I wish I hadn't watched the movies first because the books are so good!
Published 5 days ago by Zachary & Courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Tolkien
Lost count of how many times I have read this story, but it never fails to entertain and amaze. Got the kindle version when I left my print copy behind. Good in this format too
Published 8 days ago by John B. Shufflebarger
4.0 out of 5 stars great but long
The story is great but the second half is so slow a lot of walking here and there slowly great besides that
Published 18 days ago by matt
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book You'll Read Over and Over.
Being one of the most influential fantasy books of all time. A must read for anyone with even passing interest.
Published 20 days ago by Timothy J. O. Gatehouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Twin Towers
Great read. Could not put it down. So much action and really kept me interested.
Would definitely recommend this book.
Published 22 days ago by Laura Trojacek
5.0 out of 5 stars as good as the first time
I still enjoy the re-reading of this classic series...it brings me to a different world every time I read them.
Published 27 days ago by Diana Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars End of an epic Trilogy!
Just recently reread The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I admit, it is because The Hobbit is in theaters and I haven't read them in many, many years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by rayb
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This trilogy (and the hobbit) are my absolute favorite books. I have read them all at least 15 times and look forward to reading them again!
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J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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