The Two Towers (#4/50)

This one was a chore. And I hate saying that because I really like the Middle Earth stories, both in book and movie form. (Exception: The Hobbit movies. Don’t even get me started.) Although of the LOTR movies, the second is my least favorite, which may explain why this book was such a drag this time around. I picked it because I wanted something a little lighter/easier and quicker, and I thought a re-read would fulfill that. Nope, and nope. Should’ve gone with Harry Potter. Still a great fantasy story but with larger print.

Title: The Lord of the Rings, part two: The Two Towers

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

Page count: 415 pages of the tiniest print EVER

**Spoilers for the first book in the trilogy: The Fellowship of the Ring**

The Two Towers is the second book of a trilogy that tells the story of Frodo, a hobbit, and his journey to destroy a magic ring. The first book told of Frodo’s acquisition of the One Ring and his journey to the elvish city of Rivendell. There he was partnered with eight others to form a company (“The Fellowship”) whose goal was to travel to an evil part of the land called Mordor and destroy the ring. In The Two Towers, the fellowship has broken, so the book is split into two parts – the first follows Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas (human, dwarf, and elf, respectively) as they search for Merry and Pippin (two hobbits who were taken captive by orcs, creatures from Mordor) and prepare for a battle with the entire force of Mordor. The second part returns to Frodo’s journey with Sam and Gollum toward the mountain in Mordor where the ring was created because “only there can it be unmade.”

My two favorite quotes/moments in this book came from Sam, the hobbit friend and companion of Frodo. Sam is viewed by most to be a faithful yet simple-minded hobbit, a notion that he himself accepts. But there are several insightful, poignant moments in the book where Sam shows himself to be aware and wise in his own way.

“Sam looked at his master with approval, but also with surprise: there was a look in his face and a tone in his voice that he had not known before. It had always been a notion of his that the kindness of dear Mr. Frodo was of such a high degree that it must imply a fair measure of blindness. Of course, he also firmly held the incompatible belief that Mr. Frodo was the wisest person in the world…Gollum in his own way, and with much more excuse as his acquaintance was much briefer, may have made a similar mistake, confusing kindness and blindness.”

“It was Sam’s first view of a battle of Men against Men, and he did not like it much. He was glad he could not see the dead face. He wondered what the man’s name was and where he came from; and if he was really evil of heart, or what lies or threats had led him on the long march from his home; and if he would not really rather have stayed there in peace…”

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