The weight of the ring

Even those who fell in love with last year's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring may find themselves staggered by the sequel, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. It is even wider in scope than the first movie, the filmmaking more thrilling, the emotions higher.

The end of Fellowship saw the breaking up of the band of adventurers whose mission is to deliver the dread ring of power to the fire where it was forged. The remaining warriors, with the noble Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) at their head, were separated from the hobbits, two of whom were captured by Orcs (creatures not far evolved from the primordial ooze, trained by the treacherous sorcerer Saruman to make war). Frodo (Elijah Wood), the "halfling" entrusted with the ring, elected to journey on alone, accompanied only by Sam (Sean Astin), who defines his own life by the task of ensuring his master's safety.


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