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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

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Yes. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is based on the second book of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, written by the English academic and author J.R.R. Tolkien [1892-1973]. The other two books in the series (both movie and novel) are: (1) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and (3) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In the film, Saruman refers to "the union of the two towers" - Orthanc (his tower) and Barad-dr (Sauron's stronghold). At the end of the book The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien writes, "The second part is called The Two Towers, since the events recounted in it are dominated by Orthanc, the citidel of Saruman, and the fortress of Minas Morgal that guards the secret entrance to Mordor." In the films, most of the Minas Morgal material is moved to the third part, The Return of the King.

It's "Requiem for a Tower," a remix by Simone Benyacar, Dan Nielsen, and Veigar Mairgersson of Clint Mansell's "Lux Aeterna" theme from Requiem for a Dream.

No, "the wormtongue" was a nickname some of the soldiers of Rohan used to refer to Grma. He'd already built a reputation among the Rohirrim as a devious individual.

He was enchanted and/or mesmerized by the corpses, which is why Gollum warned the hobbits not to follow the lights, because they would be ensnared and brought down to join the dead.

There was an ancient stairway, the Endless Stair, that went from the bottom of the foundations of the mountain to the top of the mountain. The Balrog (having lived there for many, many years) knew the way up and Gandalf followed him. That portion of the story isn't included in the movie.

Frodo learned Gollum's real name from Gandalf. In the book, Gandalf reveals part of Gollum's story to Frodo when he returns to the Shire after researching the Ring. In the films, the line exists only in the Extended cut. It comes in Moria when Gandalf and Frodo talk about Gollum following them. He says "Smagol's life is a sad story. Yes, Smagol. That was his name."

They are Easterlings, men from the far east of middle-Earth, beyond the Sea of Rhn. They are allies of Sauron and the Orcs and were marching there to join the great Host of Mordor, which fought in the Battle of Pelennor and at the Black Gate in ROTK.

Several reasons. First of all, with no Shelob in this film, Frodo and Sam's journey needed a different climax. Secondly, in the book, Faramir is able to easily resist the lure of the Ring. The filmmakers felt this would contradict their central premise: that no one can resist the Ring. They also realized that the encounter with Faramir, the only human the heroes encounter in their journey, was the only opportunity they had to make the Ring a major issue in the middle film.

After their bodies die, the spirits of dead Elves go to the Halls of Mandos in Valinor. After a certain period of time and rest that serves as "cleansing," their spirits are clothed in bodies identical to their old ones. Most never go back to Middle-earth and remain in Valinor instead; therefore, death holds no real fear to them. However, it must be noted that death is a painful experience - one would never say that torture, for example, held no fear for someone just because it doesn't result in annihilation of the self. Likewise, death is a painful experience for both Elves and Men, each of whom continue to exist in one form or another after it occurs. Elves are reincarnated, while Men pass out of the world into another dimension.

Yes. One notable example occurs when owyn (Miranda Otto) has found the King's son dead and has been followed by Grma (Brad Dourif) to the Prince's room. She exclaims "Leave me alone, snake" and he replies "But you are alone. Who knows what you've spoken to the darkness in the bitter watches of the night when all your world seems to shrink? The walls of your bower closing in about you, a hutch to trammel some wild thing in?" Tolkien actually attributed those words to Aragorn as he spoke with omer, while owyn lay unconscious, newly brought from the field of battle into The Houses of Healing. They were words spoken between two people who loved her, not bitter hateful words from a twisted chamberlain. The love omer felt was as a brother, Aragorn's was that of a ruler for a subject, also a friend, yet no less feeling. Once he knew owyn realized he could never return her love, he was more at ease to express himself and how he felt for her, and the words he spoke to omer were to help him understand just why his sister would have ridden out with the Company as Dernhelm in what seemed to be the Last Ride of The Rohirrim.

There were three types of "living" trees; the Ents, like Treebeard were intelligent and domesticated. The others were Huorns, animated but wild. It was the Huorns that destroyed the fleeing Orcs after Helm's Deep. The third type were "living" in the sense that they had feelings and could be communicated with by the Ents, but at the same time were deep-rooted and immobile. These would be the majority of the trees in Middle Earth and were the ones destroyed to feed the fires of Isengard.

Tolkien's original book ends with Frodo being captured after his encounter with Shelob. Frodo (Elijah Wood)'s journey in the film ends significantly before that. The filmmakers decided it would not be a good idea to intercut the climax of the Battle of the Hornburg with the encounter in Shelob's lair. They also point out that according to Tolkien's own timeline (which can be read in the back of The Return of the King), the encounter at Shelob's Lair doesn't happen until much later, and corresponds to the Siege of Gondor, which is portrayed in The Return of the King. There is a bonus feature in the Extended Editions of the films on DVD in which Peter Jackson explains how the various books and chapters of Tolkien's novels were re-arranged for continuity.

They were all killed. A clear indicator of this is that when Theoden and the remaining 10-15 survivors of the battle charge out to meet the Uruk-hai, there are no Elves visible. Many if not most of the Elven force led by Haldir was killed before the breaching of the wall, due to them being used as frontline infantry due to their superior archery and combat skills. Furthermore, moments before Haldir dies, he sees countless Elven corpses (which resulted from the skirmish after the breaching of the wall), which implies that all of the Elves have been killed.

Elves do not believe in physical contact in the same way that humans do. Haldir does eventually hug Aragorn back but his cultural upbringing had taught him to resist that type of contact.

He is referring to Shelob, the gigantic spider that features heavily in LotR: Return of the King. Gollum/Smagol is, at that point, furious over Frodo's apparent 'betrayal', not wanting to believe that Frodo actually saved him by handing him over into Faramir's custody. While relapsing into his murderous delusional state again, he ponders a way to get rid of Frodo and Sam, and mentions that he could let 'her' do it. Gollum hopes that by luring Frodo and Sam unknowingly into Shelob's lair, the spider will kill both Hobbits for him, and he can retrieve the Ring. Shelob originally featured in the second book, The Two Towers, but she was moved to the third movie due to narrative difficulties and time constraints. The reference to her made by Gollum was probably intended to build some tension toward the final movie, and also serves as a note to the fans of what is coming. The Extended Edition of the movie contains an extra scene at the end where Frodo and Sam say goodbye to Faramir, and share their intention to enter Mordor through the pass at Cirith Ungol. Upon hearing this, Faramir immediately warns them of a dark terror that lurks there, again building tension that Frodo and Sam are walking into a trap set by Gollum.

For its DVD release, extended versions of all three Lord of the Rings movies have been released, and for The Two Towers, the extended version features several scenes that had been cut for the theatrical release: for instance, the scenes of Faramir's past, which would better explain his behavior in the movies. These scenes, as well as many others which make the film closer to the original book, were integrated back into the movie in a "Special Extended Edition." These new scenes give more depth to the characters, explain their behavior and make the movie more rounded, deeper and more poetic. A detailed comparison, divided into two parts, with pictures can be found here (Part One) and here (Part Two).

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