The Two Towers – J.R.R. Tolkien

In the films, The Two Towers is my favourite of the trilogy. I’m not sure the same can be said for the books. The first half of The Two Towers is excellent and I pretty much loved every bit of it. In comparison, the second half falls rather flat.

A photo focusing on the book The Two Towers in the centre. On the left side you can see part of both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King.

The first half of this instalment focuses on a couple of action-packed plots that weave their way together. Merry and Pippin are captured by orcs and their characters are given the chance to develop and mature. We learn more about their personalities and how determined and strong they can be. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are in pursuit as they try to rescue their friends, despite feeling certain they will not be able to succeed in this mission. It’s a touching example of how much this group have come to love and respect each other. It’s a gripping plot and we also get to meet the Ents, the tree guardians of the forest, whom I utterly adore.

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The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien

I had wanted to re-read The Lord of the Rings for several months and had only put it off because I find them so dense to read that they take up a lot of time. And there are other books I want to read as well. However, when I went up to the Lake District with my mum in September I finally succumbed and brought The Fellowship of the Ring up with me. The Lakes always remind me of Middle Earth, so it was the perfect setting.

This was my third time reading The Lord of the Rings and I have enjoyed it more with each re-read. Tolkien’s descriptive writing of the world he has created is a joy to read. The settings of the Shire, Lothlórien and Riverdale are so vivid that I feel that I have travelled to these places with these characters.

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“The Lord of the Rings” Re-Read Update

As you may, or may not, know I’m re-reading The Lord of the Rings over the course of this year. I’m really enjoying this re-read and I thought I’d update you all on how I’m doing!

I finished The Fellowship of the Ring at the end of April and I definitely enjoyed it even more than the first time I read it. The first time I read it I was constantly comparing it to the film (as I’d seen all the films several times before reading the books!). I kept on trying to make events match up to how or when they happened in the film, as I thought this would help me understand it. But that’s just not possible with these books! They are truly epic and dense, so the films obviously had to miss out and change a lot. The two can’t really be compared! Continue reading

“The Lord of the Rings” Re-Read

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I saw this boxset at work the other day and had about a five-minute internal debate as to whether or not I should buy it. It didn’t take long to convince myself to purchase it. With a bookseller’s discount, how could I resist?

I’ve never owned The Lord of the Rings myself, as I read my dad’s copies of those books. They’re amongst my favourite books of all time though, so owning them for myself was essential. And although I own The Hobbit, I don’t have a paperback version. Continue reading