The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

2002 Fantasy

The second film in Peter Jackson's series of screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's internationally popular Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers literally begins where The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ended, with the Fellowship splitting into three groups as they seek to return the Ring to Mordor, the forbidding land where the powerful talisman must be taken to be destroyed. Frodo (Elijah Wood), who carries the Ring, and his fellow Hobbit Sam (Sean Astin) are lost in the hills of Emyn Muil when they encounter Gollum (Andy Serkis), a strange creature who once carried the Ring and was twisted by its power. Gollum volunteers to guide the pair to Mordor; Frodo agrees, but Sam does not trust their new acquaintance. Elsewhere, Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) are attempting to navigate Fangorn Forrest where they discover a most unusual nemesis -- Treebeard (voice of John Rhys-Davies), a walking and talking tree-shepherd who doesn't much care for Hobbits. Finally, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) arrive in Rohan to discover that the evil powers of Saruman (Christopher Lee) have robbed King Theoden (Bernard Hill) of his rule. The King's niece more..

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: Elijah Wood,Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler


  • Casts a spell and then some -- a ringing testament to the power of motion pictures.

    Joe Morgenstern - The Wall Street Journal

    12 May 2013

  • The miracle is that 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is better: tighter, smarter, funnier.

    Ty Burr - The Boston Globe

    12 May 2013

  • Moviegoers should be almost as entranced by the teeming, glorious landscapes and dark, bloody battlegrounds of Two Towers: astonishing midpoint of an epic movie fantasy journey for the ages.

    Michael Wilmington - The Chicago Tribune

    12 May 2013

  • Epic battles, spectacular effects and multiple story lines make The Two Towers a most excellent middle chapter in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

    Claudia Puig - USA Today

    12 May 2013

  • What it comes down to is superbly staged battle scenes and moral alliances forged in earnest yet purged of the wit and dynamic, bristly ego that define true on-screen personality.

    Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly

    12 May 2013


  • Movie of the Year

    AFI Awards (2003)

  • Top Box Office Films

    ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (2003)

  • Best Sound Editing

    Academy Awards (2003)

  • Best DVD Collection

    Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (2012)

  • Best Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm)

    Amanda Awards, Norway (2003)