The Fellowship is broken.
Aragorn, the heir to the kingdom of Men, Gimli the dwarf, and Legolas the elf begin a race against all odds to rescue the hobbits Merry and Pippin, who have been abducted by Orcs. During their search, they encounter the Riders of Rohan who warn them that the forces of the Dark Lord, Sauron, and Saruman, the wizard who betrayed Gandalf and the rest of his order- threaten King Theoden and the people of Rohan.
Only Frodo and Sam are left to continue taking the One Ring on into Mordor to attempt to destroy it. They are guided by Gollum, a deceitful and dangerous creature who secretly wants the Ring for himself.
War, treachery, unexpected allies, and the joyous return of an old friend keep your heart pumping throughout this continuation of Tolkien's epic myth.
Through J.R.R. Tolkien's tale of fantasy, hobbits, adventure, danger, loyalty, and courage, students will learn:
Author Biography: Learn about J.R.R. Tolkien and the fascinating history behind the author and novel.
Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Character analysis, analogy, paradox, Christ-figure, literary motif, irony, homonyms, descriptive writing, similes, metaphors, mixed metaphor, imagery, foreshadowing, protagonist, antagonist.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Choices, good and ill, regret, stewards of nature, guard our speech, falsehood, demonizing the enemy/opponent, doing wrong and self-justification, swearing oaths, fatalism, hope, trust and distrust, focus on God, do not boast, temptation, perseverance, following Christ, forgiveness, mercy, pity.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Read/review prequels, Tolkien glossary, topographical terms, prequel foreshadowing, music, church history, eulogy, funeral rites, rumors, historical analysis, author viewpoint, conservation, trees, art, name study, perspective project, mythical creatures, diorama, will-o’-the-wisps, Augustine & just war, herb gardening, Holy Days, martyrs, Essays: foiling, tone, mood, morality of Middle-earth, deliberate choice, dichotomies, mythology, communion, biblical accuracy, providence of God, anthropomorphism, compare & contrast, dramatization, character sketch, film analysis, Sam.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books and movies that tie in with, or are similar to, The Two Towers
All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian perspective!