The Tolkien Heads are back in action after our winter hiatus! In this episode we jump right into The Two Towers.
In a slightly reworked format for the chapter review, Nathan declares this chapter’s theme to be decisions, and indeed the chapter is packed with decisions, choices, and minor crises. We focus in particular on Aragorn’s decision-making process, and a few examples that lend themselves to analysis.
Not even the Ring can hide Frodo from the all-seeing eye of the reader as we follow him out of a dangerous situation to the top of Amon Hen. The Heads discuss temptation and free will as they pertain both to Middle-Earth and to our own world.
The Fellowship is fractured (inevitably?), and only time will tell what awaits them in Book Three …