The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Frodo and Sam continue their journey to destroy the one ring, while the rest of the fellowship is attacked by orcs.

There are a lot more characters in the second book of The Lord of the Rings, and a lot more history and worldbuilding as armies are raised to fight the orcs and Sauron. There’s a lot more action in this book than the first one, as the fellowship has entered a more dangerous part of their journey. They’re approaching Mordor and the antagonist is doing everything he can to make sure that ring comes back to him.

While there is more action in this book, it’s still not a fast-paced war novel. There are battles and deaths and sacrifices made, but it’s still much heavier on the intricate world-building and rich histories than battle and bloodshed. The hobbits are a faithful bunch, but they’re also prone to partying and leisure.

Gandalf continues his habit of disappearing and reappearing as his schedule permits, Merry and Pippin take a break to smoke and drink with the Ents, and Sméagol gets his chance at returning as a more sympathetic character. There is a lot going on in this world, and it’s a lot to keep track of while reading, but I’m enjoying it still and already working on the final book in the trilogy.