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The Two Towers

By J. R. R. Tolkien

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them

One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

– J. R. R. Tolkien

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Book Summary


Fantasy, Fiction


Friendship, Morality, Good Vs Evil, Duty, Loyalty, Camaraderie


13 years +


A mighty force of darkness is awakening in Middle Earth, an ancient land full of magic and mystery, and in ages past, evil, treachery, and war. A shadow is moving over the lands and the One Ring, forged in the fires of Mount Doom by the Dark Lord Sauron, has been placed, by fate, into the hands of Frodo, a young but courageous Hobbit. The Ring wants to be found and returned to its master, enabling Sauron to enslave and dominate creation, plunging all of Middle Earth into shadow. The future now rests on Frodo the Ring-bearer, and his companions to complete a daunting journey to Mount Doom and destroy the ring.

The Two Towers is Part Two of The Lord of the Rings and follows on from Tolkien’s story, The Fellowship of the Ring. Despite the Fellowship’s best efforts at remaining together, betrayal and death force the group apart.

Frodo and Sam have continued on the quest to destroy the One Ring together, forfeiting the company of the Fellowship. Frodo knows this task is likely to kill him and becomes heavily weighed down by the burden of the Ring. Together, with the guidance of the unlikely and dangerous companion Gollum, the three steadily continue on their perilous journey to Mordor.  

After Boromir’s heroic death in an attempt to protect Merry and Pippin from Saruman’s Uruk-hai Orcs, Legolas and Gimli follow Aragon’s decision to pursue and rescue the kidnapped Hobbits, instead of following Frodo and Sam to Mordor.

This story is about loyal companions setting out to rescue their friends and the astounding determination of a gentle and lowly hobbit who accepts the unimaginable task and burden of destroying the One-Ring. Camaraderie, treachery, duty, and moralism are some of the major themes in Part Two of this high-fantasy tale which is woven deeply with Christian metaphor and imagery.  

Content Warning:

This is a high-fantasy tale with magic and battles between good and evil. It may not be appropriate for sensitive teens as there is death, violence, and scary scenes.

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