The Lord of the Rings

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Start Free Trial

Book 4 Summary

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

The Two Towers: Book 4
Frodo and Sam are found by Gollum, whom Frodo befriends, almost winning him over from his malice. Gollum leads them through the desolation around Mordor, but they discover that they cannot enter its "Black Gate." Gollum offers to show them another, hidden way. As they journey there, a scouting party under command of Boromir's younger brother, Faramir, catches them. Faramir learns of the Ring and their plans, but resists any temptation to seize it. He gives them supplies and warns them that Gollum's secret way, the Spider's Pass, is more dangerous than Gollum has said. They follow Gollum, however, having no other choice. A monstrous spider, Shelob, bites Frodo. Sam thinks he is dead and takes the ring to complete Frodo's task. Just as he is about to cross into Mordor, Sam overhears Orcs bickering and realizes that Frodo is not dead. He attempts to follow the Orcs carrying off the unconscious Frodo, but collapses.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

Book 3 Summary


Book 5 Summary