The Treason of Isengard

The Treason of IsengardThe Treason of Isengard by J. R. R. Tolkien
Series: The Lord of the Rings: Seven Book Editions #3
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Released: July 29, 1954
Pages: 252
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Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power; the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring -- the ring that rules them all -- which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as the Ring is entrusted to his care. He must leave his home and make a perilous journey across the realms of Middle-earth to the Crack of Doom, deep inside the territories of the Dark Lord. There he must destroy the Ring forever and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose. Discover the incredible epic journey of Frodo in a celebratory seven-volume boxed set of fantasy classic, The Lord of the Rings.

The Treason of Isengard is the non-Frodo and Sam part of Two Towers, and we see the journey of the Hobbits as they travel… or at least are transported to Isengard, as well as the journey of those who are trying to find them.

This book could also have been named “The one with the Ents” because that’s what it is, and I’m certain that’s what everyone looks forward to the most when reading this part of the story. And the Ents remain exactly as delightful as they always have been.

All in all, this book strikes a nicer balance than The Ring Goes South did when it comes to telling a story of the universe while also moving the main story forwards. There are plenty of juicy and enjoyable nuggets in here which elaborate upon the lore of middle earth. If anything, some times it goes a little too far. There are times when the general tone and attitude of the characters doesn’t seem to match the importance and peril of what’s going on around them. Though, at worst that makes the book occasionally seem like a fairytale rather than a novel, and “fairytale” is a style that suits both this story and these characters.

The Treason of Isengard was yet another satisfying chapter in this long overdue re-read of the Lord of the Rings. Now I’m very interested to see what the Frodo and Sam-part of Two towers is like, as it’s probably the part of these books I remember the least from.

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