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The Two Towers: J. R. R. Tolkien

The Two Tower is the second part of the famous The Lord of the Ring Series by J.R.R. Tolkien which follows the adventure of Frodo and other members of the fellowship. The books follow from Book1 when the fellowship of the ring broke and Frodo and Sam left alone carrying the ring to complete the task set by the Council. Merry and Pip are abducted by the Orcs who are taking them to Saruman. Boromir died protecting both of them. On discovering this, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli set on the lands of Rohan to find them.

The second part of the book is again broken into two parts. The first part follows the adventure of Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry, and Pip in the lands of Ronan. There they had some important fights and met some unexpected people. The second part follows the journey of Frodo and Sam and their unusual companion Gollum.

My experience reading it(Unpopular Opinion)

Since I haven’t written a post for the first part, I will try to cover the review of the first part of the book too as much as I can remember. I read the first part sometime last year during the lockdown and somehow that book failed to hold the charm over me. I have heard a lot about the book and hence I picked it with high expectations. And due to the disappointing first part, I struggled to pick up the next part for quite some time. And for worse the second part was more of a disappointment than the first part.

Before picking the book, I already knew that it would be slow from the reviews, and truly speaking I don’t mind slow books if those extra pages are helping in character or plot development. Contrary to that I am a big sucker for big books. But somehow with this book all these extra pages were not adding much to the story. After reading 10s of pages I used to feel that nothing has moved even a bit in the story and I sometimes dragged myself to the end. I think this is one of the first times where I felt that movies are better than books.

Now enough with the rant, let’s come to some of the things that I loved. I loved few characters in the book and if you guess mostly all of them are Hobbits. I love Frodo and Sam. In fact, I like Merry and Pippin too and I looked forward to their part in the book. Sad for me the whole journey of Frodo and Sam was in the second part of this book, so I had to drag myself through half the book before I actually started enjoying the book.

Strangely I liked Gollum too. He is such a wretched character and somehow I was unable to determine whether he is good or bad, to hate him or to pity him and that’s what I love most about his character. I am really intrigued to know his fate at the end of this book and I guess these characters only would be my motivation to pick the last and final part of this book.

Let me know in the comments what you felt about this book if you have read it. And I am really sorry if you are a Tolkien fan and I have offended you but I am just being honest with what I felt.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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