The second book, Two Towers, begins as Boromir is attacked by Orcs. Frodo and Sam continue the journey with the ring alone, as seen in the Fellowship of the Ring movie. Now we begin the journey of Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli looking for Merry and Pippin.
Boromir was attacked and killed by Orcs. He had blown his horn but by the time Aragorn and the others arrived it was too late to help him. The Orcs have taken Merry and Pippen thinking they are the ring bearers. Before dying Boromir confessed to Aragorn he tried to steal he ring from Frodo. Boromir had an attachment to the ring, it called to him. It’s like the ring wanted to be used, for evil or good. He was ashamed of himself for doing so and for scaring Frodo off. Frodo had realized the danger he put himself and everyone else in while traveling with the ring. This was a reason he decided he should travel alone from now on. He puts himself in danger from the rings power forced onto others, their desire to have the ring. He puts his friends in danger from all the other evil creatures trying to steal the ring for Sauron.
Trying to steal the ring from Frodo did not make Boromir a bad person. He thought it was right. Again it is like the ring called to him. Boromir was still a valiant warrior. He was sent away on a funeral boat and down a river by Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli.
After sending off Boromir, the three set off to find the kidnapped hobbits. They pass over the land of Rohan, land of the Rider of Rohan. Eomer, the leader of the Riders, upsets Gimli with his comments but is easily settled. Eomer has only known the group’s individuals as fable characters and did not believe their quest at first. He lends the three the extra horses of the riders so they can track the kidnapped hobbits faster.
Later the two hobbits escape the Orcs and travel into the forest. In this forest they find Treebeard. Treebeard is, as you could guess, a tree-like creature known as Ents. Treebeard is worried about the Orcs’ want to destroy the forest, so the Ents decide to take action.
As Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli continue their journey they see an old man’s figure in the distance. This old man is Gandalf. The four now travel to Theoden, the king of Rohan. As heard from the Riders of Rohan, Theoden does not like Gandalf. We will find out what happens as they meet in the next post.