Two Towers Companion Journal (Review & Giveaway!)

Confession: the first time I tried to read the Lord of the Rings I did not make it through the first book. I was a ten year old girl in that awkward stage between children’s books and adult novels, and the richness and depth of Tolkien’s writing was a hair beyond my grasp.

It was not until this past year that I picked the books up again as a part of Tea With Tolkien’s book club. I devoured Fellowship of the Ring ahead of schedule and was surprised by how much I loved the simplicity and adventure that Tolkien’s writing is known for. I was about to pick up The Two Towers when TWT’s founder Kaitlyn informed me that she was writing a companion journal. She graciously provided me with a review copy, and it was here that I felt like I had stumbled onto something remarkable.

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The Two Towers Journal (like hobbits) is all about the little things: the beautiful font, ample space for writing and note taking, and a perfect mix of reflective prompts and action items. The cover is well designed, and the journal is letter-sized: making it portable and easy to carry. I just threw mine in my purse when I was out and about and it was convenient for whenever I found a moment to read. I did not think that I was a big reading journal person, but this was the book that made me change my mind.

This reflection journal was a great way to bring some intention into reading The Two Towers: with a review for every chapter it reminds the reader to pause and absorb what Tolkien and our hobbit friends are trying to teach us about God and the journey we are all on. Each chapter review highlights key quotes from the text, joining critical plot moments with quotes from the Saints and scripture. This journal is not just surface deep either: the prompts in this journal pushes you to turn inward and confront your shortfalls and sins. I personally struggled with one of the questions from Book 3, Chapter 10: “Ask yourself, am I seeking control instead of cooperation?”  I have never had the idea presented to me in such a manner, and being a person who struggles with control I was knocked on my heels.

If you are looking for a great way to step up your reading, and really sink deeper into the richness that Middle Earth provides, I would recommend using this journal. It’s a beautiful tool for both the Tolkien scholar and the casual reader alike, and there is something for everyone.


Giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the winner and thank you for everyone who participated! I enjoyed meeting so many new and amazing people. Stay tuned for another giveaway in the near future!

Now for the giveaway! Kaitlyn was generous enough to provide me a copy of the journal to give away to one of my followers. This basket has everything you might need for a relaxing afternoon or evening escape: The Two Towers and journal, a bath bomb, indulgent tea, blueberry truffles, a cozy candle and a 8 x 11 portrait of the White Tree of Gondor sewn by yours truly. To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter below! Giveaway opens June 8 and closes June 14, 2017 midnight EST: open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

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23 Comments

  1. Thank you Emily! Hoping to win so I can revisit this series. I also put it down as a child

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  2. Fellowship of the Ring is my current read, and probably my favorite. Good characters, adventure, all of these make for a good story.

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    1. I think good characters are critical for a story! The plot can be amazing, but if the characters are wish-washy then it is a done deal for me.

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  3. I love the entire trilogy. The hobbit is still a struggle for me. I love books that have deeper meanings and give you food for thought. That inspire you to be more.

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    1. Why do you think The Hobbit is such a struggle? But I too love books with a deeper meaning, I love the way that reading can give someone a new perspective (maybe one they do not even agree with) or make the reader look at the world in a new way.

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  4. Joulhine Bassett Duarte

    The Two Towers is one of my all time favorite Tolkien works, and honestly, it’s mostly because of the Ents! Treebeard and even Quickbeam have my hearts. Oh how I wish I were an ageless tree wandering the wild green with absolutely no haste. 😍

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    1. Ah! The Ents! I especially relate to their love of nature and wish I had their patience as a mom. I think it was so inspiring the way they were quick to stand up for what they thought was right though.

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  5. eafollman

    I am currently reading The Two Towers. I love all of them though! I love adventure and good characters!

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    1. Gollum is my favorite character, so I especially have been enjoying The Two Towers. Tolkien’s characters have such richness and depth to them despite the simplicity of his writing, it is one of the things I have grown to love about these books.

      I can’t wait to sink into Beren and Lúthien

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  6. I’ve only read The Hobbit thus far and loved the simplicity of beautiful storytelling and adventure! I planned LOTR to be my summer read so this would perfect! Thank​ you!

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    1. You and me both! I love reading long books over Summer when I have more time to do so. The school year is just too busy and I have a habit of getting sucked into a great story.

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  7. Kathryn

    I love all of Tolkien. I cannot choose!

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    1. Have you read Beren and Lúthien yet?? I need to wrap up LOTR first, but that is next in my reading list!

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  8. Melissa Martin

    My favorite read is The Hobbit, though The Fellowship is a close second. I love The Hobbit for its simplicity and can’t wait til I can share it with my children. I’m very excited to read Beren and Luthien!

    I also have an embarrassing confession, when I went to enter the raffle the first time, I entered the wrong email address. I’m super embarrassed, but now there are two entries under my name and I wouldn’t want to win on the incorrect one!

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    1. I agree! Beren and Lúthien is close to the top of my list also.

      Not to worry about the raffle… If you win I will be sure to send a notification to both accounts =) At least one will work!

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      1. It certainly sounds like something I would do too 😉

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  9. I’ve really grown to love The Hobbit while reading it over and over again to my five-year old son. It’s perfect – adventure, good vs. evil and beauty all wrapped up into one story!

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    1. What other books does your little one enjoy? My daughter Anne is also 5 and we are slowly moving away from picture books to more substantial stories

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      1. Isn’t five such a wonderful age? James loves listening to the Narnia stories. We purchased two of them as audiobooks and he’s been listening to them on repeat for the last few months. 🙂 Other favourites include Charlotte’s Web, Winnie the Pooh (original stories, not the Disney version), Pinocchio (the original by Carlo Collodi), and lots of fairy tales.

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  10. […] just released her new work: The Two Towers Companion Journal (enter for your chance to win a copy here), and sat down with me to talk about her writing process, faith, and all things bookish (with a […]

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  11. My favorite Tolkien work is Leaf by Niggle. Of course I also love The Hobbit and LOTR!

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  12. Mary Roughton

    I remember Two Towers being my favorite when I read LOTR back in HS now 15 years later I’m excited to see which one is my fvaorite!

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  13. Gem

    The journal looks lovely. I first read “The Hobbit” as a child. It remains my favorite. It’s simplicity in message is timeless.

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