I just finished the book "The Fellowship of the Ring". Now I've started with "The Two Towers". It begins by recapping the story of the first book.
For who exactly is this "recap"?
If you haven't read the first book, it would be insanity to start reading the second in the trilogy.
If you have read the first book, why do you need to be told in extremely broad terms what you already just read in detail?
I always hated it when TV series would show a "this has happened" series of clips before the show starts, but at least it's more understandable due to the "viewing habits" of the general public. However, reading a book series is quite different. Nobody in their right mind jumps into the middle of a trilogy and starts reading it without having read the first part.
So who is it for? What is the purpose? Why does it not simply state on the first page:
This is the second part in a series. If you haven't already done so, please read the first book before continuing.
? Or even leave that out entirely and just get right to the story? Imagine how fundamentally confused one would be if they started reading "The Two Towers" with just the knowledge from the one page of "recap". They'd be jumping right into an epic adventure that has already gone very far. They would be utterly confused about so many things. It wouldn't make a bit of sense in any possible manner.
Perhaps if you got stranded on a remote island for 40 years and only had The Two Towers, it would make sense to read it and try to "reconstruct" the story from the first book using the recap page, but other than that very specific and very unlikely situation, I just don't understand why this was ever a "thing".