Anthony Cruz 2-27-02 Period 4 The Two Towers I. Information about the author and novel A. Title 1. The Two Towers 2. The title of this book was perfectly chosen by the author. The two towers represent the sleepless eye of two towers located in the dark land of Mordor. While Frodo and Sam where in Mordor they had pass the tower stealthy as not to be seen. The two towers where named Barad-dur and Orodruin. B. Author 1. The author of this book is John Ronald Reuel Tolkien 2. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born January 3, 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He died on September 2, 1973 at the age of 81 3. After serving in the first world war he became a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. His most famous works including The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings. C. Publishing Information 1. The Two Towers was published by Ballantine Books in the year1982. 2. There are four hundred and fifteen pages in The Two Tower. II. Plot A. Exposition 1. Setting a. The location of the novel took place in Middle Earth. b. It takes place on Middle Earth, around the year 1424. c. Some of the indications were that magic was still be practiced by wizards. The technology also attributed to the time period. Horses, swords, castles and hand to hand combat was the only way to fight. 2. Background Information a. There was a synopsis in the beginning of the book that covered the first part of the trilogy. The last paragraph foreshadows what is to become of the Ring. It is said that the war of the ring was to start and the coming of darkness was to occur. 3. Conflict a. The conflict of the novel was not to let the Dark Lord, Suaron, obtain the Ring that he himself forged. A Fellowship of the Ring and counsel was given as of to venture in the dark land of Mordor to destroy the Ring that has corrupted and destroyed so many. b. The conflict was external (man vs. man). B. Climax 1. Discuss the main climax of the novel by answering the following: a. During the climax of the story Gollum, betrayed Sam and Frodo as their guide and had a giant spider named, Shelob, poison and attempt to kill the ring bearer, Frodo. b. The high point of action occurred when Sam, enraged in anger took Frodo’s sword, and drew his own and attacked Shelob fiercely and wounded Shelob like no other mortal had done before. c. Sam took Frodo to be dead and took the burden appointed to Frodo and took the Ring to complete the quest alone. Sam then ventured off until he could bare it no more he had to check that if his master, Frodo, was still alive. C. Resolution 1. Unfortunately, Sam took to long and a small group of Orcs had taken Frodo’s body away. Eavesdropping Samn over heard the Orcs talking that Frodo had been poisoned and not killed. Sam was then rekindled with a new vigor and sought to seek revenge for his mater. D. Plot summary 1. Boromir dies and the Fellowship is scattered. Gandalf the Grey comes back to life. Strider's company found Merry at Isengard with the ents. A great garrison is founght at Helm's Deep. The Nazgul fly over Rohan. Gandalf and Merry ride to Gondor. Frodo and Sam catch Gollum and have him as their guide. Gollum leads them to the gates of Mordor into the Dark Tower of the Nazgul. Frodo is betrayed and posioned by Shelob. Sam takes the Ring and continues the quest. III. Point of View A. This novel was written in third point of view. 1. “Then as quickly as he could he cut away the binding cords and laid his head upon Frodo’s breath and to his mouth, but no stir of life could he find, nor feel the faintest flutter of the heart.” IV. Characters A. Frodo Baggins is the Protagonist. 1. Frodo is short, stout and rugged. He has brown curly hair with blue eyes. 2. Frodo is awkward, clumsy and just. He does not see all way but believes that sometimes the simplest answer is the right one. B. Suaron 1. No physical description is given of Suaron for no mortal has laid eyes on him since the destruction of his physical form in the second age by the hands of Isildur. 2. Suaron is the Dark Lord and he lives up to his name. He is unjust and his vile wickedness ‘charms’ many other people into aiding him on his quest to find his Ring and make him a god. 3. Suaron was assimilating the largest army to unleash an attack like no other upon Middle Earth. Suaron killed everything that laid in his path of fulfilling his lust of his Ring. V. Literary elements A. Imagery 1. “..But in front of thin veil of water was hung, so near that Frodo could have put an outstretched arm into it. It faced westward. The level shafts of the setting sun behind beat upon it, and the red light was broken in many flickering beams of ever changing color.” a. This type of imagery appeals to the sight. b. This is describing the great city of, Ithilien. It was here that Frodo and Sam rested and were safe from the spies of Mordor. B. Irony 1. ‘Gollum cowered. ‘On the Precious, on the Precious!’ he repeated. ‘....No! Not on it!’ said Frodo, looking down at him with a stern pity...Swear by it, if you will. For you know where it is. Yes, you know, Smeagol. It is before you.’ ‘We promises, yes, I promise!’ said Gollum. ‘I will serve the master of the Precious. Good Master, good Smeagol.’ a. This type of irony was verbal at first. What Gollum meant was that he swore that he would obey the Ring command. Frodo caught onto what Gollum meant and had him reprashe his word of honor. With that corrected, Gollum swore to serve Frodo. Twisted as Gollum’s words where he did serve his master. But what he said above soon turned into situational irony at the end of the novel where he had someone else betray the ring bearer by taking Frodo and Sam directly to Shelob. b. This irony destroys all hope of Sam when Frodo is poisoned by Shelob and is thought dead. With that the orcs took Frodo’s body and Sam followed and then the orcs would soon let the Dark Lord aware of the hobbit’s presence in Mordor. C. Tone 1. The authors tone towards the characters is companionate. 2. ‘Then at last he began to weep; and going to Frodo he composed his body, and folded his cold hands upon his breast, and wrapped his cloak about him; and laid his own sword at one side, and the staff that Faramir had given at the other.’ D. Mood 1. The tone of this novel is straightforward and direct. 2. ‘He looked long and thoughtfully at Gollum. Presently he spoke again.’ VI. Theme A. The major theme of this novel that you can find help in the most unexpected of places. 1. This theme is demonstrated throughout Frodo’s journey to Mt. Doom. Along the many stops he has many people greet him and offer him shelter from the evil forces. 2. If a person where to fall down and go unconscious someone would see you and aide you back to your consciousness. VII. Evaluation A. This book was excellently written. J. R. R. Tolkien has created thee masterpiece of masterpieces. His novel is very detailed and in depth about what was, what is and what will come to be. I have read now a total of three of his novels with each passing novel I become enveloped in Middle Earth lore. These books have rekindled all lost senses of my imagination and brought them back more powerful than before. I would highly suggest for anyone to read this book. If you enjoy wizards, elves, magic, hand to hand combat and honour these novels wrap all of these up in one story to make the wickedest novel known to man.