The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

New Line Cinema / Wingnut Films Released 2002




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Movie Summary

Peter Jackson

The Fellowship's powerful wizard leader, Gandalf the Grey, has fallen during his battle with the Balrog. The Fellowship is forced to continue onwards without his guidance, split into three groups. Frodo and Sam continue towards Mordor, meeting along the way new enemies and the ring-obsessed Gollum. Meanwhile, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli travel across Rohan, a nation of men, where they fight to defeat Sauron's presence and gain support for their noble cause. Merry and Pippin, Frodo's hobbit friends, have become separated from the pack, and they stumble into a powerful new species of allies that could make all the difference in the coming war.


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Never has a film so strongly been a product of a director's respect for its source. Mr. Jackson uses all his talents in the service of that reverence, creating a rare perfect matin...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Has a sharper narrative focus and a livelier sense of forward movement than did the more episodic "Fellowship."

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    If the second film never reaches the highs of the first -- we have met the players before and there are no new worlds of wonder -- it nonetheless invests moviegoing with a sense of...

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Frodo: (heading for Mount Doom) What's in this?
      Sam: Nothing. Just a bit of seasoning. I thought maybe if we was having roast chicken one night or something.
      Frodo: Roast chicken?!
      Sam: You never know.

    • Gimli: I'm wasted on cross-country. We Dwarves are natural sprinters. Very dangerous over short distances.

    • Treebeard: (regarding Orcs) They come with fire. They come with axes. Gnawing, biting, breaking, hacking, burning! Destroyers and usurpers! Curse them!

    • Saruman: The old world will burn in the fires of industry. The forests will fall. A new order will rise. We will drive the machine of war with the sword and the spear and the iron fists of the Orc.

    • Orc: (an orc chases Merry and Pip through Fangorn forest) I'm going to rip out your filthy little innards.

    • Orc: (Merry is pinned down) Let's put a maggot hole in your belly!

    • Legolas: The Elves began it. Waking the trees, teaching them to speak.
      Gimli: Talking trees. What do trees have to talk about? Except the consistency of squirrel droppings.

    • Gandalf: From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak I fought the Balrog of Morgoth. [ROARING AND YELLING] Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin upon the mountainside. Darkness took me... and I strayed out of thought and time. Stars wheeled overhead... and every day was as long as a life age of the earth. But it was not the end. I felt life in me once again. I've been sent back... until my task is done.

    • Pippin: (speaking with Merry) I had the lovliest dream last night. There was this large barrel full of pipe-weed. And we smoked all of it. And then... you were sick. I'd give anything for a whiff of old toby.

    • Gollum: We want's it. We needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little Hobbitses. Wicked. Tricky. False.

    • Sam: (making a stew) What we need is a few good taters.
      Smeagol: What's taters, precious? What's taters? Eh?
      Sam: Po-ta-toes. Boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew. Lovely, big, golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish. (Smeagol shows disgust) Even you couldn't say no to that.
      Smeagol: Oh, yes, we could. Spoil a nice fish. Give it to us raw and wriggling. You keep nasty chips.
      Sam: You're hopeless.

    • Gimli: It's true, you don't see many Dwarf women. And in fact, they are so alike in voice and appearance... that they're often mistaken for Dwarf men.
      Aragorn: (whispers to Eowyn) It's the beards. (Eowyn shushes him)
      Gimli: This, in turn, has given rise to the belief that there are no Dwarf women and that Dwarves spring out of holes in the ground... (Eowyn laughs) which is, of course, rediculous.

    • Boromir: My place is here with my people, not in Rivendell.
      Denethor: Would you deny you're own father?
      Faramir: If there is need to go to Rivendell... send me in his stead.
      Denethor: You? Oh, I see. A chance for Faramir, captain of Gondor, to show his quality. I think not. I trust this mission only to your brother. The one who will not fail me.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Production Budget - $94,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $342,551,365 (2nd)
      Worldwide Gross - $926,047,111 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $481,104,843
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $1,300,610,056

    • Other Production Companies:
      WingNut Films
      The Saul Zaentz Company
      Alliance Atlantis Communications
      (Canadian distributor)
      Entertainment Film Distributors

    • Filming locations include:
      Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand
      Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand
      Southland, New Zealand
      Central Plateau, New Zealand
      Southern Alps, New Zealand
      Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
      Twizel, Canterbury, New Zealand
      Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

    • An 'extended version' runs approximately 34 minutes longer.

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Visual Effects
      2. Sound Editing

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Picture
      2. Editing
      3. Art Direction
      4. Sound

    • Taglines:
      1. The fellowship is broken. The power of darkness grows...
      2. The Journey Continues December 18th.
      3. The Battle for Middle-earth Begins!
      4. All will be sacrificed... All will be lost... Unless all unite against evil.
      5. A New Power Is Rising.

    • Music:
      Gollum's Song
      Performed by Emiliana Torrini
      Music by Howard Shore
      Lyrics by Fran Walsh
      Music by Howard Shore
      Lyrics by Fran Walsh
      Performed by Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
      Breath of Life
      Music by Howard Shore
      Lyrics by Fran Walsh
      Performed by Sheila Chandra
      Isengard Unleashed
      Music by Howard Shore
      Lyrics by Fran Walsh
      Performed by Elizabeth Fraser and Ben Del Maestro
      Farewell to Lorien
      Music by Howard Shore
      Lyrics by Fran Walsh
      Performed by Hilary Summers


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epic journey, Epics, foreign worlds, classical score, Sword & Sorcery