Two Towers, The: Progeny Press Study Guide

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Author: Michael Poteet
Publisher: Progeny Press; loose-leaf format (in clear-front presentation folder)
Ages: 14-18
Grade: High School

Progeny Press Study Guides provide teachers, parents, and students with questions and comparisons from the firm, and timeless, foundation of the Bible. Their study guides deal with literature as works of art and philosophy; explain and use literary terms, and deal with plot construction; dig into why the characters act, believe, and feel as they do and examine what the Bible says in similar circumstances. Easy-to-use lessons include vocabulary exercises, comprehension and analysis, critical thinking, questions on related Biblical principles, activities, plus a complete answer key.

The Two Towers
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Lord of the Rings, Part Two

"Three rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
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."

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages, it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins. The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken to destroy the One Ring and Sauron's power, the weaknesses and the strengths of men, the fate of the heir of Isildur, and the wars of the Ring.

The Two Towers
In the second part of the Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring has been broken and we follow the different members as they continue on their journeys. Merry and Pippin become captives of the Uruk-hai, despite Boromir's valient effort to save them, but their escape sets them to a new task when they meet Treebeard of the Ents. Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas follow the Orcs to rescue Merry and Pippin. While tracking them, they meet Eomer and the Riders of Rohan, learn of the battle in the night, in which they fear Merry and Pippin perished. They continue their search for their friends into Fangorn Forest, but encounter an old friend and travel with him to Edoras, the capital of Rohan. Rohan is targeted by Saruman and his own desire for the Ring and the people of Rohan defend themselves with the help of Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas at Helm's Deep. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam are followed by Gollum as they journey to Mount Doom. Gollum, or Smeagol, agrees to guide them to a back way into Mordor. During the journey they meet Faramir, a captain of Gondor and Boromir's brother. As the battle for Middle-earth begins, is there hope for the quest? Will Sam and Frodo be released by Faramir, or does the fate of his brother Boromir mirror his own? Can Smeagol be trusted? And what of the fates of their friends? Will Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas survive the Battle of Helm's Deep and be reunited with Merry and Pippin?

J.R.R. Tolkien's books of Middle-Earth: The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings (comprised of three parts: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King), and The Silmarillion. A note on The Silmarillion: While the events in this book preceed those in The Hobbit, references are made to events that occur after the Return of the King. This book is for those who long to read about the making and forming of Middle-Earth and the lengends and history presented in the Lord of the Rings. This book sets the stage for all Tolkien's other writing.


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