Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Translator: Beon Kim, Bo-won Kim, Mi-ae Lee
2-volume set | 188*128mm
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About This Book
The second volume, The Two Towers, deals with two parallel storylines in each of its books. Book III details the exploits of the remaining members of the Fellowship who aid the country of Rohan in its war against Saruman. At the beginning of the book, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli went off in pursuit of Merry and Pippin's captors. The three met Gandalf, who had returned as "Gandalf the White". He had defeated the Balrog at the cost of his life, but had been sent back to Middle-earth, with enhanced powers, to aid the forces of good. Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli helped defeat Saruman's armies at the Battle of the Hornburg. Meanwhile Merry and Pippin, freed from captivity, helped the tree-like Ents and Huorns attack Saruman at his stronghold of Isengard. The two groups were reunited in the aftermath of battle, and after Saruman refused to repent of his folly, Gandalf cast him from the Order of Wizards.
Book IV tells of Frodo and Sam's exploits on the way to Mount Doom. They managed to capture and "tame" Gollum, who showed them a way to enter Mordor secretly (as opposed to the Black Gate), albeit through the dreaded valley of Minas Morgul. At the end of the volume, Gollum betrayed Frodo to the great spider Shelob, and though he survived he was captured by orcs. Meanwhile, Sauron launched an all-out military assault upon Middle-earth, with the Witch-king (leader of the Ringwraiths) leading a fell host (Large army) from Minas Morgul into battle against Gondor, in the War of the Ring.
The further adventures of Gandalf, Aragorn and company are related in the first book of the third volume, The Return of the King. As told in Book V, the Fellowship assisted in the final battles against the armies of Sauron, including the siege of the tower-city of Minas Tirith in Gondor and the climactic life-or-death battle before the Black Gate of Mordor, where the alliance of Gondor and Rohan fought desperately against Sauron's armies in order to distract him from the Ring, and hoped to gain time for Frodo to destroy it.
In Book VI, Sam rescued Frodo from captivity. After much struggle, they finally reached Mount Doom itself, tailed by Gollum. However, the temptation of the Ring proved too great for Frodo, and he claimed it for himself, but Gollum struggled with him for it and managed to bite the Ring off Frodo's finger. Crazed with triumph, Gollum slipped into the fires of the mountain, and the Ring was destroyed.
Thus, Sauron was banished from the world and his realm ended. Aragorn was crowned king and married Arwen, the daughter of Elrond. However, all was not over, for Saruman had managed to escape his captivity and enslave the Shire. Although he was overthrown by the Hobbits and the four heroes helped to restore order and beautify the land again, it was not the same Shire that they left. At the end, Frodo remained wounded in body and spirit and, accompanied by Bilbo, sailed west over the Sea to the Undying Lands, where he could find peace.
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