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Synopsis of Tolkien's The Two Towers

Detailed synopsis of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Two Towers

The Two Towers (Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings), J.R.R. Tolkien, Boston, 1954, 1973,
Ballantine Books.

The title refers to the two towers the company encounters on their trip down the Great River just before being separated.

The continuation of the story of the company of Gandalf, the wizard, and Frodo Baggins, the hobbit, and their mission to unmake the One Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom in the depths of Orodruin, the Fire-mountain, located in Mordor, the land of the Dark Lord, Sauron. Book 4 follows Frodo and Sam. Book 3 follows the remaining five.

The fellowship becomes separated. Frodo was alone contemplating their destination--either to Mordor to destroy the Ring, or Gondor to help save Boromir's homeland from the imminent invasion of the Dark Lord, Sauron. Suddenly orcs attack and Boromir sounds his horn.

Strider, Legolas and Gimli put Boromir into one of the elfin boats and laid beside him his own sword and at his feet assorted of the orc weapons. Then they struck out on the trail of the orcs. The orcs were traveling quickly, too fast for the three to keep up.

Merry and Pippin found themselves prized possessions of the orcs, who were admonished to do them no harm. Pippin maneuvered his hand bindings so that, when the Riders of Rohan attacked the orcs, he could free himself and Merry and so they escaped.

Merry and Pippin are reunited with Strider, Legolas and Gimli when all arrive at Isengard.

Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam, on their way to Mordor, are attempting to climb the mountain Emyn Muil, but can find no passage. And, too, they see, feel and hear Gollum (Smeagol) following them. Sam finally has had enough. He confronted Gollum and together the hobbits overpowered him. Frodo made a deal: they will not kill Gollum and they will see that no harm comes to him if he will guide them through the mountains into Mordor. At that point, he will be free to go where he wishes as long as it is not to give them away to Sauron. Neither side fully trusts the other (and Sam is especially skeptical) but the deal is struck.

? Lester L. Noll


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