The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
4 / 5
Fascinating, terrific and captivating.
A work of literary brilliance by Tolkien, who meticulously describes in incredible detail, the journeys of The Company following the breaking of the fellowship at the end of the first book. Each of them ventures on and encounters an abundance of evil in their own role within the fellowship,
Merry and Pippin have been taken prisoner by orc-soldiers who have been tasked to bring them to Saurman of Isengard. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli mourn the loss of Boromir, and then they turn their attention to tracking down the captured hobbits having realised that Frodo intends to take the ring to Mordor with Sam tagging along. They pursue the orc-soldiers trail, until they come across riders of Rohan who inform them that they battled with the orcs last night and they killed every living thing and had burned them. However, after discovering the remains of orc corpses and smouldering fires that were used on the hobbits’ captors, they are left perplexed to what end the Halflings have come to as Aragorn finds hobbit prints leading towards Fangorn Forest.
Frodo and Sam are journeying towards Mordor alone and devoid of any members of The Company. But despite this they obtain another companion through the sneaking Gollum, who had been following them because he is still drawn to the Precious. Frodo, knowing that Gollum is to play a part in this tale as Gandalf has previously suspected, he decides to take him on as their guide. Their quest takes them through the Dead Marches and to the Black Gate as the Frodo creeps ever closer to either completing or failing his task.