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The Two Towers

The Two Towers

by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Two Towers Characters

Meet the Cast


Frodo Baggins

Note: Before we jump into discussing Frodo in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Frodo's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.When we hear the word...

Sam Gamgee

Note: Before we jump into discussing Sam in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Sam's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.Who wouldn't want Sam on t...

Merry Brandybuck

Note: Before we jump into discussing Merry in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Merry's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.In our learning guide...

Pippin Took

Note: Before we jump into discussing Pippin in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Pippin's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.Pippin is still just...

Gollum

Note: Before we jump into discussing Gollum in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Gollum's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.Ah, Gollum: everyone...

Gandalf

Note: Before we jump into discussing Gandalf in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Gandalf's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.Gandalf the wizard...

Aragorn

Note: Before we jump into discussing Aragorn in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Aragorn's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.In The Fellowship...

Sauron

Note: Before we jump into discussing Sauron in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Sauron's "Character Analyses" for The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.We ge...

Saruman

Note: Before we jump into discussing Saruman in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Saruman's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.So, you know how,...

The Black Riders (Ringwraiths, Nazgûl)

Note: Before we jump into discussing the Black Riders in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at the Black Riders' "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.Y...

Legolas

Note: Before we jump into discussing Legolas in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Legolas's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.Orlando Bloom may...

Gimli

Note: Before we jump into discussing Gimli in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Gimli's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.Like Legolas, Gimli is...

Boromir

Note: Before we jump into discussing Boromir in The Two Towers, you might want to take a peek at Boromir's "Character Analysis" for The Fellowship of the Ring for some background.Boromir's real cha...

Faramir

The second half of The Two Towers belongs to Frodo, Sam, and Gollum. And obviously, it's an exciting plot arc: will Gollum double-cross Our Heroes? Will Frodo and Sam be spotted creeping into Mordo...

Treebeard

Treebeard is the greatest of the Ents (the tree-herders who were initially awakened by the elves); his other name is Fangorn, like the giant forest in which we meet him. He is fourteen feet tall an...

The Southrons

When Frodo and Sam first meet Faramir, he and his men are on a mission in Ithilien to fight back the Southrons, also known as the Swertings, also known as the Haradrim. Phew. These are evil men who...

Éomer

To be honest, Éomer's a lot less interesting than his sister, Éowyn. Oh, we like him, sure. He's a decent guy, and he's good with horses (like all the men of Rohan), so what more could you want?...

Éowyn

We might be jealous of Éowyn's life on paper (since she's the beautiful niece of a king, Théoden) if we didn't know how completely awful her life truly is. She is proud and strong, just like her...

Théoden

Wow, the royal family in Rohan is really having a bad time in this one. We spent most of Éowyn's "Character Analysis" talking about what a rough life she has, and now here we are, talking about th...

Háma

Apparently, Rohan makes some fine-looking gentlemen. Tolkien describes the men of Rohan: "Their golden hair was braided on their shoulders; the sun was blazoned upon their green shields, their long...

Gríma Wormtongue

This character is about what you'd expect from a guy named "Wormtongue": he is a total liar. Like most of the villains in The Lord of the Rings, Gríma Wormtongue doesn't have a lot of depth to his...

Shelob

Shelob means, literally, "female spider." "Lob" is an old word for spider, and "she," of course, means "she." Tolkien also comments, in a letter to Naomi Mitchison on April 25, 1954, that Ungol is...

Humans

AnbornAnborn, like Mablung and Damrod, is another of Faramir's troops. He reports to Faramir that they have not been followed by orcs on their way to Henneth Annûn, but there is something strange...

Animals and Trees

ArodArod is a "restive and fiery" (3.2.184) horse that Éomer gives to Legolas to ride. Poor Arod also has to carry the weight of Gimli, who is not at all comfortable with horses and clings to Lego...

Orcs

GorbagGorbag is one of the Mordor orcs (along with Shagrat) whom Sam overhears as he is wearing the Ring and hiding in Cirith Ungol. He is also one of the orcs who finds Frodo lying unconscious in...

Hobbits

Bilbo BagginsBilbo Baggins is Frodo's cousin and uncle (let's just say that Shire relationships are complicated), and it is from Bilbo that Frodo inherits the Ring of Power. While Bilbo does not ap...

Elves

CelebornThis guy's the Lord of Lothlórien, whom we meet in The Fellowship of the Ring. In The Two Towers Merry asks Treebeard why Celeborn warned them away from Fangorn, and Treebeard explains tha...
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