The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, Part 2): Tolkien, J.R.R. ...

After the compelling events of the first installment in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, readers will not be disappointed by the quality of the second part, The Two Towers.  The Fellowship of the Ring has been divided: the bearer of the Ring, Frodo, and his friend Sam have mysteriously disappeared, and two of the Company have been kidnapped by the despicable Orcs. The rest is left to stave off the wave of darkness that continues to seep out of the dark land of Mordor.

In Book I, the fate of the remnants of the Company is described as they continue on their mission. While hobbits Merry and Pippin attempt to escape their evil captors while Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli track them across the wide plains of Middle-Earth. On their journeys, the two groups meet allies and foes, and eventually cross paths, and, in a happy twist of fate, manage to gain an advantage in the war.

Meanwhile, Book II describes Frodo and Sam, Middle-Earth’s last hope, and their perilous travel to the evil land of Mordor, with the twisted creature Gollum as their untrustworthy guide. Together, they travel throughout the land in their quest to destroy the One Ring and bring peace to all, but Frodo’s trusting nature is exploited in the cliffhanger of an ending.

Overall, fans of The Fellowship of the Ring will enjoy The Two Towers as much, if not more than, they relished the first installment. J.R.R. Tolkien does not fail to deliver a delightful combination of bewitching prose and poetry that keeps the reader engaged from cover to cover. 

-Mahak M.

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It can also be downloaded for free from Overdrive.

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

When 111-year old Bilbo Baggins, hero of The Hobbit, gifts a stunning ring to his beloved nephew Frodo, he unknowingly changes the course of Middle-Earth history forever. For the innocent-looking ring is in truth the One Ring, which the Dark Lord of Mordor has lusted after for years, and will do anything to retrieve.

Seventeen years later, Gandalf the Grey appears in the Shire, warning Frodo of great danger. In order to preserve what is yet good in Middle-Earth, Frodo sets off with only his gardener Sam and his cousins Merry and Pippin as his companions. During his travels, he encounters numerous allies that eventually form the Fellowship of the Ring, the sole task of which is to destroy the One Ring in the fire of the fittingly named Mount Doom in the dark land of Mordor. 

However, the Company faces great dangers during their journey, and are pursued by the hated Orcs, soldiers of Sauron himself. Nevertheless, the greatest danger proves to be the object of their quest, the One Ring, whose malignant influence on all members of the Fellowship spurs a sudden betrayal that results in a kidnapping and a death.

The first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring is sure to delight all readers, combining action and adventure with a realistic world that readers will not hesitate to thoroughly immerse themselves in.

-Mahak M.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. IT can also be downloaded for free from Overdrive.

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

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first novel in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The story is centered upon a magic ring found by Bilbo Baggins sixty years earlier during The Hobbit that must be destroyed. Bilbo has aged by the time of The Fellowship of the Ring, so with the advice of Gandalf, a powerful wizard, he passes the Ring on to his cousin Frodo and leaves for a “vacation.”

Years pass and Gandalf returns, and he discovers that the magic ring is no ordinary magic ring and that it is the ring of a powerful dark lord named Sauron. Gandalf tells Frodo that if the Ring were to fall into the hands of Sauron, he would conquer the world, and therefore it must be destroyed.

Gandalf sends Frodo, escorted by his friends Sam, Merry, and Pippin, to escort the Ring to Riverdale, an elven stronghold, where the fate of the Ring would be decided. Along the way, they face many threats, like the Ringwraiths, Sauron’s powerful servants. At Riverdale, it is decided that the Ring could only be destroyed in Mount Doom, a volcano near Sauron’s fortress where the Ring was forged in.

Frodo volunteers to travel to Mount Doom, and he is escorted by his friends, Gandalf, and some of the greatest heroes of Middle-Earth (the fictional world the story takes place in). The rest of the book is about the fellowship’s travels and adventures, and how they deal with problems and threats that they face on their journey to Mount Doom.

Ultimately, The Fellowship of the Ring is a good book, although it is quite long. I would recommend it to readers who love really long stories filled with action and adventure, like Greek epics such as the Iliad and Odyssey.

-Josh N. 

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library