Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Study Guide

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#1 on the Big Read List (UK's top 200). The second book in Tolkien's classic Lord of the Rings series.

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!

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Learn More about the Book

Read the story summary of The Two Towers and get the book HERE

Check out the prequels: The Hobbit  and  Fellowship of the Ring, and the sequel:  Return of the King.

Looking for an unabridged audiobook of The Two Towers? Click HERE.

Recommended Grade Level:
Imaginitive, Middle Earth
British Literature, Fantasy
Workbook ISBN:
Study Guide Author:
Michael Poteet
For the Book By:
J.R.R. Tolkien
Study Guide Page Count:
106 pages