The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers
The Two Towers is the second volume of the Lord of the Rings novel written by English author J.R.R. Tolkien and published on November 11, 1954 by George Allen & Unwin in the United Kingdom. The first edition was 352 pages in length.
Dewey Decimal: 823.912
About the Author:
"John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892–1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specialising in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of our world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth. This was peopled by Men (and women), Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Orcs (or Goblins) and of course Hobbits. He has regularly been condemned by the Eng. Lit. establishment, with honourable exceptions, but loved by literally millions of readers worldwide.
In the 1960s he was taken up by many members of the nascent “counter-culture” largely because of his concern with environmental issues. In 1997 he came top of three British polls, organised respectively by Channel 4 / Waterstone’s, the Folio Society, and SFX, the UK’s leading science fiction media magazine, amongst discerning readers asked to vote for the greatest book of the 20th century. Please note also that his name is spelt Tolkien (there is no “Tolkein”)."
The Two Towers was written in English and is set in pre-historic Middle Earth. The back cover synopsis of the novel reads as follows:
"The second volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure The Lord of the Rings
'Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron.' - C.S. Lewis
'Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century. The book presents us with the richest profusion of new lands and new creatures, from the beauty of the Lothlorien to the horror of Mordor, adventures to hold us spell-bound, and words of beauty and evocation to bring all vividly before us.' - Sunday Telegraph
One ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
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 have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle 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 the journey alone down the great River Anduin - alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973) is one of the twentieth century's best-loved writers. His books, which include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, have been translated into more than thirty language and have sold many millions of copies worldwide."
The Two Towers received positive reviews and has been adapted into theater and film, most notably the 2002 film adaptation The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The Two Towers is recommended by Lion Stationers and can be purchased from the following vendors: