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The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, 2) Paperback – October 6, 2020
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J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic epic fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings, now with a fresh new package for Book 2, The Two Towers.
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 lost the wizard Gandalf 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 their journey alone down the great River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
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- Publisher : Clarion Books (October 6, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0358380243
- ISBN-13 : 978-0358380245
- Reading age : 13+ years, from customers
- Grade level : 9 and up
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 1.25 x 7.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #393,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2. This 'review' is really just a reminder that Amazon is lumping all reviews of all editions of The Two Towers together. The book pictured is the edition you will get. If you want an editions that has illustrations, for example, make sure you are adding that particular edition to your cart. I came to these comments through the black covered larger sized paperback listing. It has no illustrations other than a few black and white line art maps.
Continuing the journeys of the now broken fellowship, The Two Towers follows Aragon, Legolas, and Gimli in pursuit of Merry and Pippin through Rohan, as well as Sam and Frodos trek through Emyn Muil and the Dead Marshes toward Mordor, aided by Gollum.
Featuring one of the strongest scenes int he series as Sam stands up to Shelob, as well as a beautifull described siege at Helm's Deep, The Two Towers is sure to please any fan of Tolkien's other works.
This is a very nice edition, by the way. Very readable, attractive cover, and a good feel in your hands when reading. I’d recommend the book itself and this particular edition to anyone.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2018
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2021
In this book Tolkien gradually ratchets up the menace and darkness of the growing evil, and tests the mettle of the Hobbit heroes, leaving you unsure as to who they can trust.
A cracking middle book in the trilogy.
Great fun and solid adventure.
The Two Towers (ISBN 9780007203550) is the book in the set most like its second edition predecessor. The only change in the text is its freedom from the accumulated errors that a crack squad of Tolkienologists have meticulously weeded out for us. As for illustrations, we get only Christopher Tolkien's time-hallowed red and black map of the West of Middle-earth: the good news is that it's in the improved version included in Unfinished Tales, the bad that it's been shrunk to a rather mean two page pull-out, and a pixelated one at that. Still, there's always the luxurious poster-sized version redone by John Howe in The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth: Special Edition .
The look of the text barely differs from 1954's, with runes and tengwar still embellishing the title page. L.E.G.O. SpA has done a good job of printing its PostScript Monotype Plantin on a smooth, magnolia paper, slightly lighter toned than that in my copy of The Fellowship of the Ring. The binding is well executed in traditional signatures that allow the book to lie flat when it's been opened; a black and yellow headband complements a sturdy black cover nicely gilded on its dignified, handsome spine.
The thick, matt, textured dust jacket is something of a special feature, giving us a painting by JRRT himself. The Ring and some of its tengwar brood over Orodruin, framed by Minas Morgul and Orthanc; a Nazgul glides past overhead, and there are also icons of the crescent Moon, the Nine, a pentacle and Saruman's White Hand. The lettering uses a warmly gleaming copper foil, which to my magpie tastes gives the book masses of shelf appeal.
If you simply want Tolkien, the whole Tolkien and nothing but Tolkien, this lovingly edited, well made Two Towers must surely be right at the top of your shopping list. I'd been surprised if there has ever been an incarnation of this book which has served Tolkien's invention more faithfully.
When I first read The Lord of the Rings back in 1969, one of the passages that most excited me came in the final paragraph of the Foreword. There it was that JRRT offered the tantalizing prospect of an entire, ultra-nerdy accessory volume. A complete index, more detailed linguistic information, and, no doubt, many other tasty bits and pieces too... I yearned for that Volume IV the way a modern teenager craves the latest iPhone. Well, Volume IV never materialized, but now, in the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Return of the King (ISBN 9780007203567 - The Return of the King (Lord of the Rings 3) ) - which amazon in its wisdom will only let me review jointly with The Two Towers - we do at least have an index which Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond have expanded from the second edition's twenty-four pages to a geek-friendlier thirty-nine. Also, the Bolgers and the Boffins have been honoured with family trees, and - most importantly of all - Tolkien's most dedicated scholars have eliminated every last defect from the text like Rangers hunting down so many fugitive orcs.
There are no illustrations in this edition, but it does have two of Christopher Tolkien's traditional red and black maps. A two-page fold-out of Gondor and its neighbours begins the book, contour lines and all, and another of the West of Middle-earth (Unfinished Tales version) concludes it. The second is perhaps a touch small, and both are regrettably pixelated, but of course, there's slways the gorgeous, poster-sized John Howe alternative in The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth: Special Edition .
The attractive design of the text wisely sticks closely to the first edition's. L.E.G.O. SpA have printed it very well indeed in PostScript Monotype Plantin on a smooth, slightly off-white paper much superior to the norm. The binding uses signatures graced with a coloured headband, and the book lies nicely flat when opened; a black cover sets off classically elegant gilt lettering.
The thick, textured dust jacket rejoices in a design by JRRT himself. There's the throne of Minas Tirith, the winged crown of Gondor and an angular tengwar monogram and proclamation of Elendil's; also Elessar's Elfstone, Gondor's seven stars and its emblematic White Tree - and, behind the Ephel Duath, the menacing shadow of Sauron. (If you remember the old India paper one volume deluxe edition of The Lord, it's the painting from which that book's foil cover motif was derived.) The (English) lettering is done in an unusual copper which has a lovely warm gleam to it.
There are several more expensive editions of The Return, but none that I'd rather pop into my basket. It's Tolkien for Tolkien purists. It'll be a shame if it yields its place in the catalogue to the forthcoming movie tie-in version.