The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

Review by Irene in Year 7 

Library age rating: KS3+ (Year 7+)

Genre: High/Epic fantasy, adventure

Content warning: some violence, mature themes

Plot summary

(The second volume of The Lord of the Rings). One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. The heroes embark on another terrifying journey. The Fellowship have been broken up with Merry and Pippin captured by Orcs, and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli chasing them down. Frodo and Sam are on their way to Mordor. Will Frodo and Sam survive? Or will the Ring fall into the hands of the Enemy and will Middle-earth fall? Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger at every turn, Frodo and Sam must journey alone down the great River Anduin - alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

Positives

Tolkien has created the most immersive world possible, it all seems so real, the Battle of Helm's Deep especially drags you in. The Two Towers will have you right on the edge waiting to know what happens, especially at the end. Although my favourite part is Legolas and Gimli's competition!

Negatives

None!

 Reading recommendations

You should read anything and everything by J. R. R. Tolkien! Start with The Hobbit and then read The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King). You should also read The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth.