Why oh why oh why didn’t I read Lord of the Rings before now?! I was gripped from the first word (‘Aragorn sped on up the hill’) to the last (‘Frodo was alive but taken by the enemy’). I found The Two Towers much more fast-paced than The Fellowship of the Ring, filled with much more action and intensity. I loved the switch between the different character groups, it always happened in a very natural place and didn’t distract from the flow of the story.
Tolkien’s descriptions really came to life in the second book, from the Ents to Isengard to Shelob and her lair, everything was so vividly described and in such detail that it was as if you were there, adding to the sense of peril that was felt at times.
But above all, my favourite part of this book was good old Samwise Gamgee. He really came into his own, his dedication to sticking with Frodo no matter what, and his brave decision to go on without Frodo when he thought all hope was lost made him the hero of this book to me.
I couldn’t help relating the book to the films, which is a shame, but it did mean that I read all of Gollum’s parts in the voice from the films, which was quite fun. I do now really wish I’d been able to read the books before seeing the film.
I started on The Return of the King as soon as I finished this last night, I can’t wait to get stuck in and follow the quest to the end!