Beware, there be epic spoilers ahead!
The Two Towers (2002). It continues right where the first film finishes, with the Fellowship broken and the task ahead looming. It focuses largely on two things: the Battle of Helms Deep, and the continued journey of Sam and Frodo into Mordor.
It introduces a number of new characters, including Bernard Hill as Theoden, Karl Urban as Eomer, Miranda Otto as Eowyn, Brad Dourif as Wormtongue, David Wenham as Faramir, and John Rhys-Davies, who plays Gimli, now also voices Treebeard.
The two towers between Mordor and Isengard, Barad-dúr and Orthanc, have united against the rest of Middle Earth. Their forces move against the people of Rohan in a move to secure a foothold in the realm of the humans. They include some seriously gross looking orcs such as the Uruk-hai.
Of the newly introduced characters I absolutely love Eomer and Eowyn. They’re brilliant. Eomer is gorgeous, and kick ass, and I love Karl Urban. He certainly rocks the long hair. Eowyn is equally as gorgeous and bad ass as her brother. She has some amazing gowns and is wicked with a sword.
I love a big battle, and that’s what half of this three hour (four in the extended version) film follows. The Battle of Helms Deep is shocking and epic and makes you actually fear for the characters. It makes you think that Rohan will surely fall. But after all, these movies are great at the whole last ditch effort thing.
The Ents – tree herders – are introduced. And Legolas has some classic lines, in this one!
Gimli: [out of breath] I’m wasted on cross-country! We Dwarves are natural sprinters, very dangerous over short distances.
Eomer: What business does an Elf, Man, and a Dwarf have in the Riddermark? Speak quickly.
Gimli: Give me your name, horse-master, and I shall give you mine.
Eomer: [dismounts] I would cut off your head, Dwarf, if it stood but a little higher from the ground.
Legolas: [draws his bow] You would die before your stroke fell.
Eowyn: The women of this country learned long ago, those without swords can still die upon them. I fear neither death nor pain.
Sam: What we need is a few good taters.
Gollum: What’s taters, precious? What’s taters, eh?
Sam: Po-tay-toes! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew.
Gimli: [failing to see over the wall] What’s happening out there?
Legolas: Shall I describe it to you? Or would you like me to find you a box?
Gimli: I cannot jump the distance, you’ll have to toss me. [pauses, looks up at Aragorn] Don’t tell the Elf.
Aragorn: Not a word.
Frodo: We are Hobbits of the Shire. Frodo Baggins is my name and this is Samwise Gamgee.
Faramir: Your bodyguard?
Sam: His gardener.
Next week is the third and final instalment, so keep an eye out!