The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Cast
Frodo Baggins: Elijah Wood
Gandalf the White: Ian McKellen
Aragorn: Viggo Mortensen
Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee: Sean Astin
Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took: Billy Boyd
Arwen: Liv Tyler
Gimli: John Rhys-Davies
Meriadoc ‘Merry’ Brandybuck: Dominic Monaghan
Saruman the White: Christopher Lee
ĉۡowyn: Miranda Otto
Grƒ­ma Wormtongue: Brad Dourif
Legolas Greenleaf: Orlando Bloom
Galadriel: Cate Blanchett
ĉۡomer: Karl Urban
Théoden, King of Rohan: Bernard Hill
Faramir: David Wenham
Gollum/Sméagol: Andy Serkis
Morwen, refugee of Rohan: Robyn Malcolm
Hƒ¡ma: John Leigh
Aldor: Bruce Allpress
Madril: John Bach
Man Flesh Uruk: Sala Baker
Boromir: Sean Bean
Sharku/Snaga: Jed Brophy
Eothain: Sam Comery
Haleth: Calum Gittins
Gamling, guardian of Helm’s Dike: Bruce Hopkins
Uglļk: Nathaniel Lees
Mauhur: Robbie Magasiva
Haldir: Craig Parker
Rohan Soldier: Bruce Phillips
Mordor Orc: Robert Pollock
Theodred: Paris Howe Strewe
Freda: Olivia Tennet
Bereg: Ray Trickitt
Grishnakh: Stephen Ure
Elrond Peredhil, Lord of Rivendell: Hugo Weaving

New Line Cinema presents a film directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair and Peter Jackson. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Running time: 179 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for epic battle sequences and scary images).

Central Theme
In the darkest of times, when the forces against you are overwhelming and you feel you are the object of harmful pursuit, outnumbered or alone THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.

Story
Saruman’s vast army of Uruk-Hai warriors is mounting their offensive against the fortress of Theoden. Hobbits Pippin and Merry escape the Urak-Haj only to find themselves in the grip of the ents and Treebeard. The beloved Sam and Frodo are continuing their quest to Mordor in hopes of destroying the Ring, but they are joined by the double-minded Gollum. The clouds of darkness and war are descending on the land of Rohan and an overwhelming force of 10,000 troops breach the wall at Helm’s deep where King Theoden is making his last stand. It has been rumored among the King’s small band of farmers, faeries and stable boys that they will not live out the night–that it is hopeless.

And yet as the trumpet sounds, who is this white Lord we see in the East, mounted on his white steed Shadowfax? Could it be that Gandolf the Grey has truly overcome death at the hands of Balrog? Could it be that he has returned more powerful than ever to finish his task? Might the power which overcomes Lord Saruman’s forces at Helms Deep, also be working on behalf of Sam and Frodo as they make their way tenuously towards Mordor?

And what of Gollum, this emaciated, deteriorated, pitiable one who believed he had the ring is his grip, and yet was possessed and drawn closer to death and ruin by the ring? Is Gollum friend or foe? Is Frodo misplacing his trust? Will Frodo survive the increasing weight and seduction of the ring? Will he save Middle Earth? What will be his place in the ¢â‚¬Ëœstories that matter,’ the tales of heroes read to children in future days?

This is a relentless, powerful story placed in the hands of a director with a clear grasp of the material, sweeping vision for the storyline and its execution, who understands that this story awaited the day when technology could deliver a CGI Gollum that could actually grip and break the heart.

Beliefs num
–The Lord of Darkness is powerful, merciless and relentless in his pursuit of man’s destruction.
–Those who come into the grip of darkness are headed down the path of ruin, are possessed, pitiable and conflicted, yet their seduction and progression towards darkness is such that they are deceived and believe the lies of the Dark Lord.
–Those who continue on the path of life are pursued by the Dark Lord and often feel alone, overwhelmed and hopeless.
–The earth itself and all growing things are also the target of a Dark Lord who will not be content until all living, growing things are destroyed.
–Death is the great friend and ally of the Dark Lord and until death itself is vanquished, the Dark Lord will not be defeated.
–There is always hope, for though the forces gathered in opposition to the Dark Lord may be a motley assemblage of stable boys, hobbits, dwarfs and elves there is a good ness in the land that is worth fighting for and an overcoming power working on their behalf.
–Though one has been in the grip of and almost destroyed by the Dark Lord, like King Theoden, there is always hope that a more powerful one will release you from the spell.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–How do Gollum and Wormtongue help portray the threat of the Dark Lord.
–What is the significance of Gandolf’s survival and return after facing Balrog? In what sense does it parallel the death, descent to hell and resurrection of Jesus?
–How do you compare the darkness on earth today with the themes of LOR?
–Do you agree there is always hope and if so what is the source of that hope?
–What is the source of darkness and evil on earth?

Provocative Quotes byline
–You shall not pass.
==Gandolf fighting off dragon (flashback to LOR Fellowship of the Rings).
–The one place we don’t want to see any closer is the one place we’re trying to get to.
==Sam
–It’s getting heavier.
==Frodo (When Sam asks, ¢â‚¬Ëœit’s the ring isn’t it?’)
–Nothing dampens your spirit does it SAM?
==Frodo.
–Yes. I can smell it. We’re not alone.
==Frodo when Sam thinks they are near a rotten bog.
–You thieves, you filthy little thieves. Where is it? Where is it? They steal it from us. My precious.
==Gollum sneaking up on Sam and Frodo.
–Maybe he does deserve to die. Now that I see him I do pity him.
==Frodo.
–There’s no promise you can make that I can trust.
==Frodo to Gollum.
–We will swear on the precious.
==Gollum.
–The ring is treacherous. It will hold you to your word.
==Frodo.
–There’s something strange here. Some evil gives speed to these creatures, setting its will against us.
==Aragorn.
–The world is changing. who now has the strength to stand against the armies of isengard, and mordor. To stand against the might of sauron and saruman, in union of the two towers.
==Saruman..
–Together we shall rule this middle earth. We have only to remove those who oppose us. The old world will burn in the fires of war. It will begin in the Rohan. Too long have these peasants stood against us.
==Saruman.
–Saruman has poisoned the mind of this king and claimed Lordship of his lands.
== ĉۡomer?
–That is a lie. Saruman has always been our friend and ally.
==Wormtongue.
–Look for your friend, but do not trust on hope–it has forsaken these lands.
== ĉۡomer?
–This forest is old, very old, full of memory and anger.
==Legolus.
–When the white wizard appears, do not let him speak or he will put a spell on us.
==Aragorn.
–From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak I fought him, until at last I threw down the enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountainside. Darkness took me. I strayed out of thought and time. But it was not the end. I felt life in me again. I’ve been sent back until my task is done.
==Gandolf.
–He wants the precious and the precious is wanting to go back to him. But we mustn’t let him have it.
==Gollum.
–My Lord, your son is dead. Your son is dead; will you not go to him? Will you do nothing?
==Eowhen to Théoden, King of Rohan.
–Oh, but you are alone.
==Wormtongue when Eowhen asks him to leave her alone.
–You would not part an old man from his walking stick?
==Gandolf as he arrives see Théoden, King of Rohan.
–You have no power here, Gandolf.
==Théoden, King of Rohan.
–I release you from this spell. Breathe the free air again my friend.
==Gandolf freeing Théoden, King of Rohan.
–Dark have been my dreams of late.
==Théoden, King of Rohan.
–I’ve only ever served you my lord. Send me not from your sight.
==Wormtongue.
–He was strong in life. His spirit will find its way to the halls of your fathers.
==Gandolf to Théoden, King of Rohan about his deceased son.
–Ride out and meet him head on. You must fight.
==Gandolf challenges Théoden, King of Rohan.
–Open war is upon you whether you would risk it or not.
==Aragorn to Théoden, King of Rohan.
–Master looks over us now. We don’t need you. Leave us and never come back. Leave us and never come back. Nobody likes you. You are a liar, thief, and murderer.
==Conflicted Gollum.
–He said you life is a sad story. You were not so very different from a hobbit once were you? Smeagol, That was your name once a long time ago.
==Frodo.
–You have no idea what it (the ring) did to him. What it is still doing to him. I have to help him. Because I have to believe he can come back.
==Frodo about Gollum.
–This is not the end. It is the beginning. It is your path. If you trust nothing else, trust this. Trust us.
==Arwin to Aragorn in dream sequence.
–I am mortal you are Elfkind. It was a dream Arwin. Nothing more.
==Aragorn to Arwin.
–There was a time when Saruman would walk in my woods. He now has a mind of metal. He no longer cares for growing things.
–He is not coming back. Why do you linger here when there is no hope? Arwin there is nobody for you here only death.
== Elrond Peredhil, Lord of Rivendell to Arwen about her desire to wait for Aragorn.
–You know this for you have foreseen it. In his heart Frodo begins to understand, the quest will claim his life. It is the risk we all took. The power of the ring is growing. The strength of the ring bearer is fading.
== Elrond Peredhil, Lord of Rivendell
–The ring will return to man. Men are so easily seduced by its power. It is so close to achieving it’s goal. The time of the elves is over. Do we leave middle earth to its fate? Do we leave humans to stand-alone?
== Galadriel.
–The creature is bound to me and I to him he is our guide.
==Frodo confession about Gollum.
–We have to get out of here. Use the rings Mr. Frodo, just this once.
==Sam.
–The ring is taking me Sam. If I put it on he will find me, you’ll see.
==Frodo.
–We are going to Mordor. We’ve got to destroy it; it’s such a burden. Will you not help him?
==Sam.
–No, Gondor will not come. We are alone.
==King Theoden.
–Farmers, faeries and stable boys. These are not soldiers.
==Aragorn.
–The men are saying we will not live out the night–that it is hopeless.
==Young boy to Aragorn.
–This is a good sword. There is always hope.
==Aragorn
–But you are part of this world. You must help.
==Merry to Treebeard who has said the war is not theirs to fight.
–You are young and brave but your part in this tale is over.
==Treebeard to Pippin and Merry.
–Maybe treebeard is right. Maybe we should go home. Its too big for us. What can we do in the end?…….weve got the shire
==Pippin.
–All that was once green and good in this world will be gone. There won’t be a shire Pippin.
==Merry.
–Something is happening that has not happened in a long time. It is a gathering. Good. Many have come. We go to war. It is likely we go to our doom–the last stand of the ents.
==Treebeard.
–The ring will not save Gondor. It only has the power to destroy. Please let me go.
==Frodo.
–So much death. What can men do in the face of such reckless hatred?
== King Theoden.
–Ride out and meet them.
==Aragorn.
–For death and glory.
==Gimli.
–Let this be the hour when we draw swords together!
== King Theoden
–It’s me. It’s your Sam.
==Sam to Frodo who almost kills him while in a ring induced trance.
–I can’t do this Sam.
–I know¢â‚¬¦ its all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t be here. But we are. It’s like in all the great stories the ones that really matter, full of darkness and danger. Sometimes you don’t want them to end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was after all the bad things happened? But even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will be clear. They kept going because there is some good in this world and it’s worth fighting for.
==Sam to Frodo.
–So let it be forfeit. Release them.
==Faramir passing up his chance to seize the ring.
–The battle for middle earth is about to begin. All our hopes now lie with two little Hobbits somewhere in the wilderness.
==Gandolf.
–You left out one of the chief characters, Sam. Frodo wouldn’t have gotten far without Samwise the brave.
==Frodo when Sam wonders about Frodo’s place in the future telling of a story that matters.
–We take the precious. We be the master.
==Last lines of Gollum as the movie ends.

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