With a sad and fairly cliff-hanging ending of the Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers picks up right where it's predecessor left off- the choas of the orc attack and Frodo and Sam's exit. In this part of the LOTR series, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas search long and hard for Merry and Pippin who have been captured by the orcs. Yet, unknown to our three heros, Merry and Pippin eventually escape the orcs and join forces with the Ents (a tree shepherds) and head off to war against Saruman. Eventually, after a few twists in the tale, Aragorn and Co. head on over to Rohan. A land of horse loving people who are being "lead" by a reluntant and depressed king. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam meet up with a creepy creature who's been following them since Moria (at least that's where I first figure he showed up) and offers to lead them to Mt. Doom. Accepting Gollum's offer, Frodo and Sam continue their treacherous journey into Mordor facing many dangers along the way including soldier's of Gondor, Shelob, and Gollum's plots. This is the short version of the story, obviously.
Once again, Sam's extreme loyalty and optimism is wonderful. Frodo's mercy to Gollum is great. The virtues such as mercy, loyalty, sacrifice, hope, that fill LOTR are refreshing.