The Two Towers
Two Towers is the continuation of the stories of Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin and their divided adventures as Sauron, the dark power seated in the land of Mordor, extends his reach across Middle-earth looking for the powerful Ring that will help restore his power and allow him to claim the entire land for himself. Separated by internal and external conflict at the end of the previous book, the hobbits must each discover own small ways of helping the free peoples of Middle-earth in their struggle against the rising darkness, while those of greater stature – both physically and reputationally – bear the brunt of Sauron’s focus and attack.
In our discussions, we will work our way through the book a few chapters at a time, paying special attention to the mythic elements in Tolkien’s story. The seminar is open to everyone, and recordings will be posted afterwards. This series is the pilot seminar for the new Mythgard Academy seminars, free educational discussions organized and hosted by the Mythgard Institute (The Fellowship of the Ring having been a paid course.) If this kind of seminar seems like a good idea, and if you would like to have a vote in deciding what other books we read and discuss together, you might want to participate by donating to Signum University.
Interested in even more in-depth discussion about The Lord of the Rings? Check out Exploring the Lord of the Rings, a weekly meandering analysis of the entire novel.
Schedule for The Two Towers
The Two Towers seminar originally took place from August 26 – September 19, 2013, on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Class 1: The Mending of the Fellowship
Read: Book III, Chapters 1-3
Class 2: The Making of Myth
Read: Book III, Chapters 4-5
Class 3: The Dead Wood Burning
Read: Book III, Chapters 6-8
Class 4: The Wisdom of Isengard
Read: Book III, Chapters 9-11
Class 5: The Choices of Mr. Frodo
Read: Book IV, Chapters 1-3
Class 6: Light and High Beauty
Read: Book IV, Chapters 4-6
Class 7: Over the Threshold
Read: Book IV, Chapters 7-8
Class 8: Doom and Great Deeds
Read: Book IV, Chapters 9-10
Class 9: Two Towers Follow-up Q&A (Session 1)
Class 10: Two Towers Follow-up Q&A (Session 2)
Artwork for The Two Towers
Artwork for The Two Towers seminar was adapted from “The Mûmak of Harad” by Ted Nasmith. Used with permission.