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Le due torri (1954)

di J. R. R. Tolkien

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Serie: Middle-earth (3.2), Il Signore degli Anelli (2)

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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 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 th great River Anduin ... alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.… (altro)
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The Lord of the Rings is not The Hobbit. If you have tried The Hobbit and didn't love it, you're probably not going to like The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit is the epitome of the perfect fantasy tale. The kind you want to sit around a campfire and hear told with dramatic exaggeration. It has a dragon and dwarves, a wizard and one lone hobbit who turns out to be the bravest of them all.

But The Lord of the Rings is not The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings is The Hobbit's meticulous, older and more serious brother who is going to sit you down and tell you an epic tale of adventure that spans four ages with maps, appendices and side trips delving into the history of many people and a world of places. If you don't like the base elements of The Hobbit, you're going to hate Lord of the Rings because The Lord of the Rings is just a long drawn out, denser version.

J.R.R. Tolkien has not just written a story. He's written an entire world of stories. He pretty much spent a lifetime writing and bringing to life Middle Earth and it's freaking incredible.

Is it perfect? No. But any criticisms don't detract from the highly imaginative work this is - or from my enjoyment of it.

5 stars. It's a classic.



I love The Two Towers. The Ents! Pippin and Merry! Gilmi and Legolas' friendship! I love this book. Split point of views can sometimes suck but I think splitting up the story between Frodo and Sam and the rest of the Company worked really well. The longer divide between them made it easier to follow the story and allowed me time and space to get invested into both stories.



I think it was a really good point to start the rest of the Company's story as well. Frodo and Sam (and a sneaky Gollum) have left for Mordor wrapping up their part for now and Boromir's death and the fallout add drama and action allowing Aragorn, Gilmi and Legolas to really showcase their skills and personalities. Starting with the rest of the Company allows the tension and action of the war to build giving greater urgency and importance to the second half detailing what Frodo and Sam are up to.

So Boromir dies defending Merry and Pippin who are captured and abducted by Orcs. I love that Merry and Pippin are resourceful and sneaky and manage to escape their kidnappers when the opportunity presents. And I really love that Aragorn, Gilmi and Legolas are unwilling to abandon either hobbit. It's interesting to see how fast and far the three of them can travel without unnecessary baggage.

It's also pretty funny when they find their trail.

Being pleased with his skill, he then sat down and quietly ate some waybread! That at least is enough to show that he was a hobbit, without the mallorn-leaf. (p. 489).

He was exhausted and hungry, and it is not to be wondered at that, when he had cut his bonds with the knife of his fallen enemy, he rested and ate a little before he crept away. But it is a comfort to know that he had some lembas in his pocket, even though he ran away without gear or pack; that, perhaps, is like a hobbit. (pp. 489-490).

They can tell they're hobbits because who else would stop for a snack - let alone have their snack still in their pockets when they'd left all their belongings behind. Lol. I love hobbits. No matter the danger, if they have food, they're a happy bunch.


Then of course - ENTS! I love the Ents.

‘Almost felt you liked the Forest! That’s good! That’s uncommonly kind of you,’ said a strange voice. ‘Turn round and let me have a look at your faces. I almost feel that I dislike you both, but do not let us be hasty. Turn around!’ A large knob-knuckled hand was laid on each of their shoulders, and they were twisted round, gently but irresistibly; then two great arms lifted them up. (p. 463).

They're so funny. Slow and steady, don't be hasty until you piss them off and then BOOM! I love the first meeting between Merry, Pippin and Treebeard. I love how they're all so fascinated with each other.

Hobbits: But what are you? Who are you?
Ent: I'm an Ent but you can call me Treebeard. But what are you? Who are you?
Hobbits: Well, we're hobbits.
Ent: ....and what is a hobbit?
Hobbits: ‘We always seem to have got left out of the old lists, and the old stories,’ said Merry. ‘Yet we’ve been about for quite a long time. We’re hobbits.’ ‘Why not make a new line?’ said Pippin. ‘Half-grown hobbits, the hole-dwellers. Put us in amongst the four, next to Man (the Big People) and you’ve got it.’ ‘Hm! Not bad, not bad,’ said Treebeard. ‘That would do. (p. 465).

And it cracked me up to find that Merry and Pippin drinking the ent draught has made them grow.


He laid his hand on Gimli’s head, and the Dwarf looked up and laughed suddenly. ‘Gandalf!’ he said. ‘But you are all in white!’ ‘Yes, I am white now,’ said Gandalf. ‘Indeed I am Saruman, one might almost say, Saruman as he should have been. (p. 495).

Gandalf's death and return just doesn't impact me as much having read it before. It's kind of anti-climatic when you know how it's going to end.


Gilmi and Legolas' friendship is also really sweet. I like their one upping each other. It was very amusing. And I liked that they plan to travel together. I would totally read their adventures.

‘Twenty-one!’ cried Gimli. He hewed a two-handed stroke and laid the last Orc before his feet. ‘Now my count passes Master Legolas again.’

‘Twenty-one!’ said Gimli. ‘Good!’ said Legolas. ‘But my count is now two dozen. It has been knife-work up here.’ (p. 536).


‘Forty-two, Master Legolas!’ he cried. ‘Alas! My axe is notched: the forty-second had an iron collar on his neck. How is it with you?’ ‘You have passed my score by one,’ answered Legolas. ‘But I do not grudge you the game, so glad am I to see you on your legs!’ (p. 543).



Although the meeting of Gilmi, Legolas, Aragorn, Pippin and Merry in front of Saruman's is hilarious as well.

The king and all his company sat silent on their horses, marvelling, perceiving that the power of Saruman was overthrown; but how they could not guess. And now they turned their eyes towards the archway and the ruined gates. There they saw close beside them a great rubble-heap; and suddenly they were aware of two small figures lying on it at their ease, grey-clad, hardly to be seen among the stones. There were bottles and bowls and platters laid beside them, as if they had just eaten well, and now rested from their labour. One seemed asleep; the other, with crossed legs and arms behind his head, leaned back against a broken rock and sent from his mouth long wisps and little rings of thin blue smoke. (p. 556).

‘And what about your companions? What about Legolas and me?’ cried Gimli, unable to contain himself longer. ‘You rascals, you woolly-footed and wool-pated truants! A fine hunt you have led us! Two hundred leagues, through fen and forest, battle and death, to rescue you! And here we find you feasting and idling – and smoking! Smoking! Where did you come by the weed, you villains? Hammer and tongs! I am so torn between rage and joy, that if I do not burst, it will be a marvel!’ ‘You speak for me, Gimli,’ laughed Legolas. ‘Though I would sooner learn how they came by the wine.’ ‘One thing you have not found in your hunting, and that’s brighter wits,’ said Pippin, opening an eye. ‘Here you find us sitting on a field of victory, amid the plunder of armies, and you wonder how we came by a few well-earned comforts!’ ‘Well-earned?’ said Gimli. ‘I cannot believe that!’ (p. 557).



‘You do not know your danger, Théoden,’ interrupted Gandalf. ‘These hobbits will sit on the edge of ruin and discuss the pleasures of the table, or the small doings of their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers, and remoter cousins to the ninth degree, if you encourage them with undue patience. Some other time would be more fitting for the history of smoking. (p. 558).

The nature of hobbits in general amuses me. They're so resilient when you put food and pipe weed in front of them. Or just food.

The three were soon busy with their meal; and the two hobbits, unabashed, set to a second time. ‘We must keep our guests company,’ they said. ‘You are full of courtesy this morning,’ laughed Legolas. ‘But maybe, if we had not arrived, you would already have been keeping one another company again.’ (p. 561).

Merry and Pippin: Duh. Food. Pipe-weed. What else would we be doing? We're hobbits!


Then of course you have the second half with Sam and Frodo and a sneaky Gollum travelling to Mordor. The second half is a lot more intense. Sam and Frodo are weary. They're hungry. They're thirsty. They face impossible odds. And they're in so much danger it's not even funny. Well...except when it is. Sam provides just the right amount of comic relief, lightening Frodo's load just that tiniest bit and making me chuckle with his bravery.

‘I’m going to try it,’ he said. ‘Very good!’ said Sam gloomily. ‘But I’m going first.’
‘You?’ said Frodo. ‘What’s made you change your mind about climbing?’
‘I haven’t changed my mind. But it’s only sense: put the one lowest as is most likely to slip. I don’t want to come down atop of you and knock you off – no sense in killing two with one fall.’ Before Frodo could stop him, he sat down, swung his legs over the brink, and twisted round, scrabbling with his toes for a foothold. It is doubtful if he ever did anything braver in cold blood, or more unwise.
‘No, no! Sam, you old ass!’ said Frodo. ‘You’ll kill yourself for certain, going over like that without even a look to see what to make for. Come back!’ He took Sam under the armpits and hauled him up again. ‘Now, wait a bit and be patient!’ he said. (pp. 606-607).


Plus his revelations about his rope.

‘I’m coming down to you,’ shouted Sam, though how he hoped to help in that way he could not have said.
‘No, no! wait!’ Frodo called back, more strongly now. ‘I shall be better soon. I feel better already. Wait! You can’t do anything without a rope.’
‘Rope!’ cried Sam, talking wildly to himself in his excitement and relief. ‘Well, if I don’t deserve to be hung on the end of one as a warning to numbskulls! You’re nowt but a ninnyhammer, Sam Gamgee: that’s what the Gaffer said to me often enough, it being a word of his. Rope!’ ‘Stop chattering!’ cried Frodo, now recovered enough to feel both amused and annoyed. ‘Never mind your gaffer! Are you trying to tell yourself you’ve got some rope in your pocket? If so, out with it!’
‘Yes, Mr. Frodo, in my pack and all. Carried it hundreds of miles, and I’d clean forgotten it!’ ‘Then get busy and let an end down!’ (p. 608).


It's bleak but Sam sure knows how to lighten the mood. I like Faramir. Gollum is such a creepy character though. All he's my preciousss. I gotta say I just keep picturing a cross between Dobby and Voldemort. Especially since he goes all split personality on them.

I loved Sam and Frodo's discussion about their tale becoming immortalised in the songs and lore.

Still, I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We’re in one, of course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: “Let’s hear about Frodo and the Ring!” And they’ll say: “Yes, that’s one of my favourite stories. Frodo was very brave, wasn’t he, dad?” “Yes, my boy, the famousest of the hobbits, and that’s saying a lot.”’
‘It’s saying a lot too much,’ said Frodo, and he laughed, a long clear laugh from his heart. Such a sound had not been heard in those places since Sauron came to Middle-earth. To Sam suddenly it seemed as if all the stones were listening and the tall rocks leaning over them. But Frodo did not heed them; he laughed again. ‘Why, Sam,’ he said, ‘to hear you somehow makes me as merry as if the story was already written. But you’ve left out one of the chief characters: Samwise the stouthearted. “I want to hear more about Sam, dad. Why didn’t they put in more of his talk, dad? That’s what I like, it makes me laugh. And Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?”’
‘Now, Mr. Frodo,’ said Sam, ‘you shouldn’t make fun. I was serious.’ ‘So was I,’ said Frodo, ‘and so I am. (p. 712).


I like that Frodo appreciates Sam. He deserves it. He's doing everything he can to keep Frodo on his path. He's very loyal. And Frodo's right, I just want to hear more about Sam. "That's what I like, it makes me laugh." And Frodo definitely wouldn't have gotten far without him. And the confrontation with Shelob (the giant spider..ugh) just proves it. Sam is absolutely magical. He's fierce and brave and determined. Although poor Sam. Thinking Frodo's dead when he's not. He really beats himself up for it. I didn't like that.

He sprang forward with a yell, and seized his master’s sword in his left hand. Then he charged. No onslaught more fierce was ever seen in the savage world of beasts, where some desperate small creature armed with little teeth, alone, will spring upon a tower of horn and hide that stands above its fallen mate. (p. 728).

Now splaying her legs she drove her huge bulk down on him again. Too soon. For Sam still stood upon his feet, and dropping his own sword, with both hands he held the elven-blade point upwards, fending off that ghastly roof; and so Shelob, with the driving force of her own cruel will, with strength greater than any warrior’s hand, thrust herself upon a bitter spike. Deep, deep it pricked, as Sam was crushed slowly to the ground. No such anguish had Shelob ever known, or dreamed of knowing, in all her long world of wickedness. Not the doughtiest soldier of old Gondor, nor the most savage Orc entrapped, had ever thus endured her, or set blade to her beloved flesh. A shudder went through her. Heaving up again, wrenching away from the pain, she bent her writhing limbs beneath her and sprang backwards in a convulsive leap. (p. 729).

And once again it's the perfect place to wrap up this volume.

Sam yelled and brandished Sting, but his little voice was drowned in the tumult. No one heeded him.
The great doors slammed to. Boom. The bars of iron fell into place inside. Clang. The gate was shut. Sam hurled himself against the bolted brazen plates and fell senseless to the ground. He was out in the darkness. Frodo was alive but taken by the Enemy. (p. 742).




I adored it all. I loved getting to explore the other characters in more depth. I loved getting to see Frodo and Sam travel to Mordor. It was just fantastic, fast paced, action packed, character driven - it has it all.

5 stars.


NOTE: All references refer to the following omnibus edition. Tolkien, J. R. R.. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King. (2005) HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.




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  funstm | Dec 1, 2022 |
Part of a 3 volume box set ( )
  catseyegreen | Oct 25, 2022 |
masterpiece ( )
  DiyangFan | Oct 11, 2022 |
The party is split. Frodo and Sam have snuck away and bravely forged their own path toward Mordor, and Pippin and Merry have been kidnapped by fearsome orcs and haven't an inkling where they are headed. The three remaining members, undeterred, set off in rapid pursuit of the captured hobbits, braced for conflict and primed for adventure.

While it's impossible not to marvel and appreciate all that this series has spawned — from a whole genre of adventure fantasy books to films, D&D and RPGs — it's surprising to me at times just how slow the narrative gets. This book in particular probably suffers from middle-book syndrome, sandwiched in between the new excitement of character introductions and the journey's commencement in the first book, and the dramatic climax in the third. Not a whole lot happens, but it was all right. ( )
  ryner | Sep 21, 2022 |
I love this audio version narrated by Andy Serkis. Hard to imagine that all the various characters were not in the room with him reading the story. ( )
  MrsLee | Sep 14, 2022 |
That 'The Lord of the Rings' should appeal to readers of the most austere tastes suggests that they too now long for the old, forthright, virile kind of narrative... the author has had intimate access to an epic tradition stretching back and back and disappearing in the mists of Germanic history, so that his story has a kind of echoing depth behind it...
 

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Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
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J.R.R. Tolkien's complete work The Lord of the Rings consists of six Books, frequently bound in three Volumes:
  • Volume 1: The Fellowship of the Ring, consisting of Book I, "The Ring Sets Out" and Book II, "The Ring Goes South";
  • Volume 2: The Two Towers, consisting of Book III, "The Treason of Isengard," and Book IV, "The Ring Goes East"; and
  • Volume 3: The Return of the King, consisting of Book V, "The War of the Ring," and Book VI, "The End of the Third Age," with Appendices.
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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 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 th great River Anduin ... alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

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