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The Two Towers (2002)

 

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Director: Peter Jackson
Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay)

Awards, including:
– Online Film Critics Society Awards – Best Ensemble
– Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards – Best Ensemble


Bruce Allpress … Aldor
Sean Astin … Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee
John Bach … Madril
Cate Blanchett … Galadriel
Orlando Bloom … Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd … Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took
Jed Brophy … Sharku / Snaga
Sam Comery … Éothain
Brad Dourif … Grima Wormtongue
Calum Gittins … Haleth
Bernard Hill … Theoden
Bruce Hopkins … Gamling
Paris Howe Strewe … Théodred – Prince of Rohan
Christopher Lee … Saruman the White
Ian McKellen … Gandalf
Dominic Monaghan … Meriadoc ‘Merry’ Brandybuck
Viggo Mortensen … Aragorn
Miranda Otto … Eowyn
Craig Parker … Haldir
John Rhys-Davies … Gimli / Voice of Treebeard
Andy Serkis … Gollum
Liv Tyler … Arwen
Karl Urban … Eomer
Hugo Weaving … Elrond
David Wenham … Faramir
Elijah Wood … Frodo Baggins


At the end of part one, following the death of Boromir and Gandalf’s plunge into the pit at Khazad-dûm, The Fellowship was forced to divide. Though splintered into three groups, each member of the original Fellowship is no less determined in his heroic quest.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers begins in the hills of Emyn Muil, where lost Hobbits Frodo and Sam discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. A mercurial creature who has himself been warped by the Ring, Gollum promises to guide the Hobbits to the Black Gates of Mordor if they will release him. Sam does not trust their new companion, but Frodo takes pity on Gollum, who like himself was once a Ring bearer.

Across Middle-earth Aragorn, the Elf archer Legolas and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman’s deadly spell through the manipulations of his spy, the sinister Wormtongue. Eowyn, the niece to the King, recognizes a leader in the Human warrior Aragorn. And though he finds himself drawn to her, Aragorn is constantly reminded of his enduring love for the Elf Arwen and the pact they made together.Gandalf has been reborn as Gandalf the White following his cataclysmic fight with the Balrog, and reminds Aragorn of his destiny to unite the Rohan people with the last remaining stronghold of Human resistance – Gondor.

In their parallel journeys, the Fellowship will face unimaginable armies and deception while also witnessing ancient wonders and the untapped strength of their people. Together they must stand against the powerful forces spreading from the Two Towers – Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupted wizard Saruman has bred a lethal army 10,000 strong; and Sauron’s fortress at Barad-dûr, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.


Elrond: “Our time here is ending. Arwen’s time is ending. Let her go. Let her take the ship into the West. Let her bear away her love for you to the Undying Lands. There it will be evergreen.”
Aragorn: “But never more than a memory.”
Elrond: “I will not leave my daughter here to die.”
Aragorn: “She stays because she still has hope”.
Elrond: “She stays for YOU! She belongs with her people!”

Elrond: “Arwen, tollen i lu. I chair gwannar na Valannor. Si bado, no cirar.” [The ships are leaving for Valinor. Go now, before it is too late.] (Arwen sits up.)
Arwen: “I have made my choice.”
Elrond: “He is not coming back. Why do you linger here when there is no hope.”
Arwen: “There is still hope.”
Elrond: “If Aragorn survives this war, you will still be parted. If Sauron is defeated and Aragorn made King and all that you hope for comes true, you will still have to taste the bitterness of mortality.”

Elrond: “Whether by the sword or the slow decay of time, Aragorn will die. (flash forward to a crypt in Minas Tirith) There will be no comfort for you. No comfort to ease the pain of his passing. He will come to death. An image of the splendour of the Kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world. But you, my daughter, you will linger on in darkness and in doubt as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell, bound to your grief, under the fading trees until all the world is changed and the long years of your life are utterly spent.” (Arwen wanders in a bare, cold forest.)

Elrond: “Arwen… There is nothing for you here, only death. Ah im, u-‘erin veleth lin?” [Do I not also have your love?] Arwen: “Gerich veleth nin, ada.” [You have my love, father.]