The group that set out to get Frodo to Mordor for him to destroy the ring has split after conflict and death forced Frodo and Sam to separate from the others. Merry and Pippin have been taken hostage after orcs killed Boromir while he tried to protect them, and Aragon, Legolas and Gimli make the decision to try and rescue them rather than the other hobbits. This is where we begin the first book of the second volume, The Two Towers, with the two books telling the two group's stories.
The first book follows Aragon, Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf, Pippin and Merry while the second book focuses primarily on Frodo and Sam's journey to Mordor. In the first, the hobbits are separated from the others after orcs kidnap them, thinking that they are the hobbits that Saruman is after. However, through clever thinking they are able to get themselves away from the orcs and find themselves with the ents. Aragon, Legolas and Gimli follow Pippin and Merry's trail but are disheartened by their fate when they are told that the orcs they were pursuing have been killed and burned with no signs of the hobbits. The second book follows Frodo and Sam's journey, where they are joined by Gollum/Smeagol who leads them through perilous trails at night and the hobbits are forced to trust him for the sake of their safety.
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