The Three Worst Parts of The Two Towers

J.L. Weinmeister

If you read my previous post, you’ll know that I didn’t really love or hate much about The Two Towers. Most things work for me, but they aren’t so amazing I feel the need to rave about them. Today I’m sharing my three least favorite parts of the book. This post contains spoilers for The Fellowship of the Ring, but not The Two Towers.

Disclaimer: These are my opinions, and you don’t have to agree with me.

Number 3: The story dehumanizes the enemies at Helm’s Deep.

I don’t like that the opponents at Helm’s Deep are dehumanized. I know that’s basically what people have to do to convince themselves to kill others, but I don’t like being reminded of that. It’s a trivial dislike, I know, but there it is. No one deserves to be dehumanized.

Number 2: Frodo’s not very active in the story.

Frodo doesn’t seem to be proactive in this book. He lets Sam take the lead and just follows along with what he says. As the protagonist, I would like to see more agency on Frodo’s part.

Number 1: Tolkien splits the storylines.

I don’t like that the first half of the book follows the characters who are actively participating in the conflict, and the second half follows Frodo and Sam. The plot to destroy the Ring is the main storyline in my mind, so I have a hard time motivating myself to read the first half of the book when it isn’t directly related to the Ring. I like having the two storylines go back and forth rather than reading one after the other.

I know most people who dislike The Lord of the Rings are turned off by the writing style and descriptions. While I agree the writing style makes the book a more challenging read, I don’t dislike it. I wouldn’t be upset if the book were written in a more accessible style, but I’m not opposed to the way it’s currently written either.

These are the three things I don’t like about The Two Towers. Do you agree with any of them? Do you disagree? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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