Ep-87 The Two Towers (1954 novel) part three

Sam, Frodo, and Gollum head into Mordor to traverse the high path and battle the fearsome spider Shelob this week as Luke & James finish out The Two Towers, part two of The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. 

Topics: The unique relationship between Frodo & Sam, the trustworthiness of Faramir, Oliphaunts vs elephants, a potential influence for Patrick Rothfuss, the “Shadow of Mordor” video game, the purpose of chapter titles, the heart of Sméagol, fantasy races as allegories for real racial relations, Shelob’s legacy, ending on a cliffhanger, and which they book they preferred, Two Towers or Fellowship of the Ring.

Chapters Covered

Book IV

CH 3: The Black Gate is Closed

CH 4: Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit 

CH 5: The Window on the West 

CH 6: The Forbidden Pool

CH 7: Journey to the Cross-Roads

CH 8: The Stairs of Cirith Ungol

CH 9: Shelob’s Lair

CH 10: The Choices of Master Samwise

Join them next week for their coverage of Peter Jackson's 2002 film!

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Music: Lord Of The Rings - Concerning Hobbits (Ectronic Remix)