Patrick Pagenhart, The Two Towers, Book 3, Chap. 1 “The Departure of Boromir”:
1) Close to death Boromir says, “I tried to take the Ring from Frodo … I am sorry. I have paid.” Was sacrificing himself for Merry and Pippin a fair price to pay for trying to take the Ring?
2) Boromir blows the horn of Gondor when leaving Rivendell, in the Mines of Moria, and finally at Parth Galen. What is the significance of the horn in Tolkien’s story? How could it be an inspiration from Tolkien’s life?
The Two Towers, Book 3, Chap. 2 “The Riders of Rohan”:
1) From the encounter between Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and the Riders, what can we gather about the people of Rohan? How do they differ from the Men of other kingdoms in Middle Earth in their philosophies, culture, and relation to other races?
2) How has Rohan’s perception of strangers, sorcerers, and wizards changed over time? Why have the people of Rohan as well as their King become so focused on isolating themselves from the outside forces around them and the conflicts therein?
Keri Holsler, The Two Towers, Book 3, Chap. 3 “The Uruk-hai”
1) The orc Ugluk seems to be in charge of the orc hoard. Why is that? What makes him different from the others?
2) Merry and Pippin were able to escape using a clever lie about the Ring. What does this say about the Ring’s corruptive powers?
3) There were two different foods that where spoken of in this chapter, orc-draught and lembas bread. What are the differences between the two, not just physically but emotionally or spiritually?
The Two Towers, Book 3, Chap. 4 “Treebeard”
1) Tolkien often likes to personify his forests. What does Treebeard seem to represent thematically?
2) Treebeard explains that many Ents are becoming “sleepy.” What do you think he means by this? Why do you think this is happening?
Dr. B, The Two Towers, Book 3, Chap. 5 “The White Rider”
1) Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli enter Fangorn looking for Merry and Pippin. Instead of finding them, they encounter an old man, cloaked in gray. Why do you think that the old man’s true identity is hidden from them when they first see him and speak with him?
2) Gandalf says of Sauron: “That we should wish to cast him down and have no one in his place is not a thought that occurs in his mind. That we should try to destroy the Ring itself has not yet entered into his darkest dream.” Why is Sauron incapable of imagining this?
3) What is the “long sorrow” (as Legolas puts it) of the Onodrim (Ents)? How does their experience relate to Tolkien’s thematic concerns with married love and the necessity of self-sacrifice (vs. selfishness) in defense of a shared land or country?