Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
The second part of JRR Tolkien’s extraordinary work focuses on the adventures of the splintered Fellowship of the Ring. The Two Towers is a much darker book than its predecessor, almost as if the fingers of The Shadow are entwined within the words.
Of all the books, this is the most action-packed. Loyalties are tested, epic battles are fought and unlikely alliances are forged as Saruman and Sauron join forces in their quest to plunge Middle Earth into darkness. The skills of great actors are brought to bear, including the voices of Robert Stephens as Aragorn, Bill Nighy as Sam and Ian Holm as Frodo. As the story unfolds we are also introduced to one of the key players in the Quest - Gollum. Before CGI and motion-capture rendered him in the films, Gollum was expertly portrayed by Peter Woodthorpe, who manages to paint a picture of a creature twisted and tainted by the Ring but, at his core, one that is filled with deep sadness and melancholy.
For Tolkien aficionados the songs of Middle Earth make a welcome return, adding yet another layer of lyricism and poetry to Tolkien’s world. Arranged and composed by Stephen Oliver, these songs encompass the beautiful ballads of the Elves to the dark and brutal war songs of the Orcs.