|Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Title: The Lord Of Rings :
The Two Towers
J. R. R. Tolkein
Main Characters :
Frodo, Sam, Boromir, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Gandalf, Merry, Pippin, King
Theoden and Shadowfax.
Description of one of
the main characters: Shadowfax is the
horse of Mithrandir, commonly known as Gandalf in many parts of the Middle Earth. Shadowfax is a
horse which is the most beautiful, fastest and the roughest. It does not tame to
anyone who captures it, if at all someone does. It chooses its master. It has
chosen Gandalf, now the White Rider (but still cloaked in grey), as its master.
Whom I like and why: I like Sam Gamgee very
much. He is the faithful servent and friend of Frodo Baggins. He loves Frodo
dearly. He does not get affected by the ring and does not have any desire to
possess the ring or be the ring bearer. He readily accepts to accompany Frodo
into any danger that they may have to pass to enter the Land of Shadows. He
kills Shelob the spider in Cirith Ungal.
Setting/theme of the
story: Aragorn, Gimli and
Legolas go in search of Frodo and Sam. At that time, Boromir dies trying to
defend Merry and Pippin from orc-soldiers. The orc-soldiers capture Merry and
Pippin and start their journey to Isengard over the Eastern Plain of Rohan.
Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas find Boromir dead and the two hobbits missing. They
guess that it must have been an attack from the orcs. They give Boromir a funeral in a boat committed to
the falls of Rawios. Meanwhile, The Riders of Rohan led by Eomer, the Marshal,
surround the Orcs on the borders of Forest of Fangorn and destroy them. But
the hobbits escape into the Fangorn Forest and there encounter the secret
master of Fangorn, Treebeard the Ent. Meanwhile, Argorn and his two companions meet Eomer, returning from the battle against orcs, who provides them with horses and
they ride on to the forest. While searching in vain for the hobbits, in the
forest, they meet Gandalf again, returned from death, now the White Rider.
They all ride to the
Hall of King Theoden of the Mark, where
Gandalf helps the aged king by rescuing him from the spells of Wormtongue,
the evil councillor, the secret ally of Saruman. They all go with King Theoden
against the forces of Isengard to take part in the desperate victory of the
Hornburg. Gandalf defeats Saruman and breaks
Saruman’s staff. From a high window, Wormtongue throws a stone at Gandalf but
it misses him. Pippin picks it up later. This proves to be one of the three surving
palantiri, seeing stones of Numenor.
Later that night, Pippin reveals himself to Sauron as he looks into the stone.
Gandalf gives the palantiri to Aragorn
and takes away Pippin to Minas Thirth.
Fordo and Sam lose
themselves in the bleak hills of the Emyn Muil. After they escape from the
hills, they are overtaken by Smeagol – Gollum. Frodo tames Gollum and Gollum
leads them through the Dead Marshes and ruined land to the Morannon, the black
gate of the land of Mordor in the North. It is impossible to enter the gate so
Fordo accepts Gollum’s advice – to seek the secret gate, away south in the
mountains of shadow, the western walls of Mordor. They set off on their last
stage of the journey to Cirith Ungol, the spider’s pass. Then a great darkness
fell. Sauron sent forth his first army, led by the Black King of the Ring Wraiths : the war of the Ring has begin. Gollum betrays Sam and Frodo to the
giant spider Shelob, but Sam defeats Shelob. Frodo gets stung by Shelob and
lies dead(Sam thinks so). Sam takes the ring. After sometime he finds out that
his master Frodo hasn’t died but is drugged. Orcs carry Frodo away, down a
tunnel leading to the rear gate of their tower.
The second part of
the Lord of the Rings, the Two Towers, ends here.
Part I enjoyed the
most : I enjoyed the part
when Gandalf comes back from the dead in the horse called Shadowfax, which chooses the master it wants. Only Gandalf Stormcrow has ever been accepted by the great majestic horse, Shadowfax.