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The Lord of the Rings is composed of 6 "books", aside from an introduction, a prologue and 6 appendices. The novel was originally published as 3 separate volumes due to post-World War II paper shortages and size and price considerations. The Two Towers covers Books III and IV.
Tolkien wrote, "The Two Towers gets as near as possible to finding a title to cover the widely divergent Books 3 & 4; and can be left ambiguous." At this stage he planned to title the individual books. The proposed title for Book III was The Treason of Isengard. Book IV was titled The Journey of the Ringbearers or The Ring Goes East. The titles The Treason of Isengard and The Ring Goes East were used in the Millenium edition.
A note at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring and Tolkien's final illustration of the towers gives the pair as Minas Morgul and Orthanc. However, in a letter to Rayner Unwin, Tolkien instead gives Orthanc and the Tower of Cirith Ungol, but felt such an identification was misleading due to the opposition between Barad-dûr and Minas Tirith. Loosely, any pair from the set of five towers in the story could fit the title: the tower of Cirith Ungol (Cirith Ungol being a pass), Orthanc, Minas Tirith, Barad-dûr and Minas Morgul.
However ambiguous the title may be in the book, director Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Two Towers designates the title as referring to the towers of Barad-dûr in Mordor and Orthanc in Isengard. In dialogue written for the film, the wizard Saruman says:
"The World is changing. Who now has the strength to stand against the armies of Isengard and Mordor? To stand against the might of Sauron and Saruman ... and the union of the two towers? Together, my Lord Sauron ... we shall rule this Middle-earth."
In different teaser trailers for the film, voiceover narration by Gandalf and Galadriel directly states the towers as Barad-dûr and Orthanc.
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Author:  John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Genre:  Fantasy, Epic Adventure, Classic Literature
Publisher:  Allen & Unwin
Date Published:  November 11, 1954
Format:  Novel
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Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
This is my favorite part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but sometimes Tolkien get carried away with descriptions making it drag at points.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
What can we say about Lord of the Rings, complexly the best. Maybe Tolkien was an autist and lived in another world.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
If things weren't dire enough, they start getting pretty bad now.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
Truly wonderful story-- I completely agree with dogarta's quick tip.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Amazing! A detailed and intriguing world with a meaningful plot. Definitely worth the read.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
The Lord of the Rings is my favorite book.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Gotta love those Ents, but the second part of the book is more interesting than the first.
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
extreemly well written
review by . January 18, 2002
Pros: Will whisk you off to a wonderful fantasy world and never bring you back     Cons: Don't start reading it during finals weak     The Bottom Line: Middle-earth is a nice place. I suggest you vacation there sometime.     When we last left Frodo and company at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy, the fellowship had been attacked by an army of orcs, Boromir had succumbed …
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