The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of the Lord of the Rings
By J.R.R. Tolkien
Why this book?
Since my very first visit to Middle Earth, I fell in love with J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic and grandiose settings and the intelligent magic systems permeating his work. The Two Towers, the second installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, holds a special place in my heart, chiefly because of its many thematic dichotomies and its unique take on the “consequences of warfare”. The many parallels between the Ringbearer and the creature Gollum offer unique insight into the darkness of the human heart. The Battle of Helm’s Deep was and remains my most beloved fictional battle, and The Last March of the Ents must be my favourite metaphor for excessive industrialization.
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