The Lord of the Rings: Two towers, two towers question, a clear answer

There is a mystery at the core of the second part Lord of the Rings, From Peter Jackson’s 2002 adaptation all the way back to Tolkien’s 1954 original work. Two towers It troubles many readers who missed the book that gave the answer, and also troubles many movie viewers, who said to themselves: “Wait…Is there a second tower in this movie?”

Of course, the mystery lies: which towers are this Two towers?

2021 is the 20th anniversary of the release of the “Lord of the Rings” movie, and we can’t imagine exploring the trilogy with just one story. Therefore, every Wednesday throughout the year, we will go there and come back again to study how and why these films can become modern classics. This year is Polygon’s Ring Year.

Perhaps in another case, this will be easy to figure out, but the geographical environment of Middle-earth is almost full of various minarets, from Saruman’s tower in Isengard.Go to the minaret of Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor; Barad-dûr, the habitat of the Eye of Sauron-they are all there Lord of the Rings.

But this is a valid question, even JRR Tolkien spends most of his writing in his own way. Ring Fellowship. When Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh needed refuge, it came back to haunt them Lord of the Rings Into three movies.

When you really make up your mind, Two towers For the middle part, this is not a good name Lord of the Rings. But then, it never should There is a name.

One book governs them

Tolkien Vision Lord of the Rings It is told in six named parts as a book, not a trilogy. But his publisher was worried about the high-priced paper in post-war Britain, and believed that readers would be discouraged when they saw the one-thousand-page tome, so they forced it to be divided into three parts, each with two parts.

This meant that Tolkien had to come up with names for these three parts. The second book in the trilogy contains the third and fourth verses of this 6-section epic, which proved to be a challenge. The third quarter starts from the second quarter and covers the adventures of Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf, Meri and Pippin in Rohan for about a week. The fourth quarter jumped back for a week, approached Frodo and Sam, and then lasted more than two weeks. The two parts do not intersect at any time.

Tolkien finally decided Ring Fellowship, Two towers, with Return of the KingSo that the titles of all three books can be included in the first printing Fellowship To attract satisfied readers. According to his biographer Humphrey Carpenter, he originally wrote to his publisher, Allen & Unwin, that the tower referred to in the title should be ambiguous.

He then wrote that he tried to decide on the specific tower, but hesitated between three different options.Perhaps the events in this book best represent the strongholds of Saruman and Sauron, Orthanc and Barad-dûr, as the main hostile forces Lord of the Rings? Or maybe it is Minas Tirith and Baladur, representing the last refuge of righteous forces, and the supreme fortress of evil? or, Maybe Orthanc-the place where Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf, Pippin and Merry’s finally clash Two towers Adventure, where Gandalf deprived Saruman of his wizarding power-and Sirius Ungorta-the location of the cliff climax of Sam and Frodo Two towers In the arc, Frodo is captured alive by the orcs, and Sam carries the Lord of the Rings to the Doom Mountain alone.

I wish I could tell you that this was any of them, but unfortunately, after a month, Tolkien did not choose these combinations.

Which tower are the two towers?

Minas Cave, the sickly green castle of the Witch King of Angmar in the return of the king.

This is the tower of the Minas Cavern. It’s okay if you don’t remember.
Picture: New Line Cinema

When he is done Ring Fellowship, Tolkien decided to combine the two towers Two towers It will be… Orthanc and Minas Morgul.

Minas Cave? Are you kidding me, professor?

Most likely now you are thinking, “If it wasn’t the Tower of Saruman, or the Tower of Sauron, or the tower where Frodo was captured, what the hell is the Minas Cavern?” The Minas Cavern-the predecessor was Gang It is a city of Duo, so it is called “Minas” in Minas Tirith-it is the fortress of Angmar Witch King, the leader of the ordination.It appeared just now one Tolkien scene this Two towers, In which Sam and Frodo cowered, because the Witch King led his army out of a ghostly castle to the battle between Minas Tirith and the Plain of Perano. That’s it!

This is the interesting part: Minas Caverns did not appear in the movie Two towers It’s entirely because the non-fiction structure of the book presents Boyens, Jackson, and Walsh’s special pickles.If you follow the timeline of overlapping events Lord of the Rings‘Plot plot, when Frodo and Sam saw Minas Mogul, Gandalf, Aragorn and the other crew had already met Rohan twice, healed Hiodun, defended Hulme Abyss, and fired After Isinger, he broke Saruman’s cane and embarked on the path of the dead. Gandalf and Pippin have reached Minas Tirith.

By the time the battle of Helm’s Deep took place, at the moment Boyens, Jackson, and Walsh chose to end their battle Two towers, Frodo, Sam and Gollum have not even seen Faramir.To avoid packing more content into Two towers What’s more feasible is that the trio made some fabrications of Sam and Frodo’s timeline, created a narrative arc for them, and left a lot of Sam and Frodo’s book plots for 2003. Return of the King.

The creative requirement of the adaptation means that Minas’ Caverns only appear in King’s return, As Sick green castle Before it ejects Mordor’s army, it will launch a huge terror laser into the sky.Therefore, in addition to the arduous task of translating Tolkien’s work into the screen, Jackson and his team must also come up with their my own Two towers Two towers, This is helpfully explained by Galadriel in the trailer of the movie!

But even if the trailer Two towers The spires of the same name are clearly listed as Barad-dûr and Orthanc. The American mind is already struggling with the legacy of the other two towers.Instead of their own fault, mainstream success Ring Fellowship Invite some comparisons to its highly anticipated sequel.

Oh no, is this about 9/11?

Sitting on top of Treebeard, Merry and Pippin investigated the flames and smoke of Isengard's Orthanc Tower in The Two Towers.

Picture: New Line Cinema

Indeed it is!

Months in advance Two towers‘Released in December 2002, a man named Kevin Klerk used the defunct Petition Net Create a petition”Name the “two towers” a less offensive thing​​. Part of his declaration is as follows:

Peter Jackson decided to name the sequel tastelessly [to The Fellowship of the Rings] Two towersThe title clearly refers to the attack on the World Trade Center. In the world after September 11, this kind of thing should be allowed to happen, which is unforgivable.

Unlike many reactions to the Lord of the Rings movies after 9/11, Clay was not serious, but the petition still attracted thousands of signatures and Enough news coverage Through a quick Google search, I was able to confirm my vague memory of it 20 years ago.Other search results indicate that Klerk’s job may not be The only product of its kind; Although I cannot say whether other petitions or efforts are sincere or ironic.

In any case, it illustrates the core problem Two towers As a headline: it’s hard to know what it really means.This is an idea that Tolkien came up with under the authorization of the editor, and then—just like in Lord of the Rings -Work backwards to find a solution that is more meaningful to him than anyone else.

There are many die-hard fans of these books, 20 years later, still angry at how Faramir became a villain in the movie version Two towers, In order for Sam and Frodo to have something to do with their partners in the more dramatic Battle of the Helmet Abyss. But as a scholarly book fan, I think we should all unite and support new views on this film.

Peter Jackson Two towers In fact, Tolkien’s is improved because it at least knows which two towers it is about. My ass.