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1. Which of the main characters
in The Two Towers changes the most throughout the
course of the story? Does Frodo change by the end in any way?
2. Though Gollum is clearly hateful
and scheming, Tolkien emphasizes a childish, even innocent side
to Gollum as well. At times, the creature appears almost sympathetic.
Why do you think Tolkien shows this soft side of Gollum?
3. Critics often note how few
of the major characters in The Lord of the Rings are
female. Why do you think Tolkien’s Middle-earth is so male dominated?
Does the absence of women change the world in which the characters
4. Discuss the role of prophecy
in the novel. Why are prophecies so important, but frequently also
5. Cooperation and fellowship
figure prominently in the novel, as characters of many races cooperate
in the war against Sauron. Conversely, characters who act on their
own—Boromir, Saruman, and Sauron, for instance—often do so corruptly.
Does this pattern imply that Tolkien is against individualism in
general? Or is he only against a certain kind of individualism?
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