The reading experience of ‘Two Towers’ was a bit of a mixed bag…
As opposed to the film, where the stories of Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Pipin, Merry, Frodo and Dam are all intertwined and alternated, the book is separated into two parts… the first is about ‘everyone’ and the second focuses on Frodo and Sam.
I don’t know about you, but I found the Frodo/Sam-walking-lost-in-barren-wilderness parts of the movie less than enthralling. The book was similarly a bit of a trek to read through. This explains why it has been so long since my last post.
In contrast… the parts set in Rohan, the battle of Helms Deep, the Ents and the destruction of Saruman’s rule was exciting and kept me glued to the pages.
I cannot recommend, however, to read the first half and dump the second because it does end with the enthralling sequence of ‘Shelobs Lair’ and with Frodo being taken to Lugburz by orcs while Sam chases them.
Can’t wait to get into ‘The Return of the King’. I suspect that this will by my favorite book of the trilogy.
NB there are many references to past history i.e The Sillmarillion in this book…. I skim some of these parts