The Two Towers Author:J. R. R. Tolkien Book 2 continues the story of Frodo Baggins?the brave and gentle hobbit upon whom the fate of Middle-earth depends. We pick up where Book 1 left off: with Frodo alone responsible for ridding the world of the dangerous ring he inherited, a ring for which Sauron, the Dark Lord, is relentlessly searching. The first part of Book 2 traces the deeds a... more »nd perils each member of the Fellowship after Frodo has gone his own way?from Pippin & Merry's kidnapping by Orcs to the adventures of the noble Aragorn and the wizard Gandalf, which bring them to Orthanc, the tower of the greedy Saruman.
The books second part follows Frodo's terror-fraught travels through the hills of Emyn Muil and the Dead Marshes to Mordor, Sauron's hellish stronghold, where Frodo must try to destroy his burden at last. On the journey, he is accompanied by his servant Sam, and he seemingly tames the slithery spy-turned-guide, Gollum. Approaching the Dark Lord's realm, things look less gloomy as he briefly joins forces with the Men of Gondor and learns of a secret passage into Mordor. But Frodo enters what he hopes will be the last phase of his odyssey only to be attacked by the giant spider, Shelob; he loses the ring and is captured by the enemy?just as the looming war between good and evil is beginning.« less