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The Two Towers

J. R. R. Tolkien

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Carpenter, Humphrey. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

———. The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Their Friends. London: Allen and Unwin, 1978.

Hammond, Wayne G. J.R.R.Tolkien: A Descriptive Bibliography. Winchester, England: St. Paul’s Bibliographies, 1993.

Johnson, Judith. J.R.R. Tolkien: Six Decades of Criticism. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1986.

Kocher, Paul Harold. The Master of Middle-Earth: The Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972.

Tolkien, Christopher. The History of The Lord of the Rings . New York: Mariner Books, 2000.

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Silmarillion. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.

———. The Book of Lost Tales. New York: Del Rey, 1992.

———. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

Tyler, J.E.A. The Tolkien Companion. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1976.

West, Richard C. Tolkien Criticism: An Annotated Checklist. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1991.

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Trying to trip up the lazy, or is it a mistake?

by CBCoulter, July 11, 2012

In the Sparknotes guide to The Lord of the Rings, on page 186 in the Character List for The Return of the King, Eomer is mis-identified as Theodan's son and heir. This is incorrect; Eomer is Theodan's nephew. Theodred was Theodan's son, and he was killed by Orcs, making Eomer, next in line for the throne, the new heir.

Is this error put in to trip up folks who aren't going to read the book, or is it a serious editing oversight?

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correction to summary

by tew1988, December 18, 2013

the plot summary says the hobbits meet an ent named Fangorn. Fangorn is the name of the forest, Treebeard is the name of the ent.

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Lacks attention to detail

by prancingpony2014, January 11, 2014

I've been reading through the series for the first time and using SparkNotes after each volume to help me process some of the larger literary elements I might otherwise miss. The SparkNote for FotR was very good, but this volume has many factual errors that make it distracting. Among these are: 1) the Orcs who capture Merry and Pippin heard a *rumor* about them possessing *something*, not a prophecy about them having the One Ring; 2) Gimli does not see a vision of Saruman, but all three see the figure in the woods with their own eyes and Ara... Read more

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