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The Two Towers

J. R. R. Tolkien
Summary Book IV, Chapter 3
Summary Book IV, Chapter 3

The danger contained within the gates of Mordor continues to become ever more real, both to us and to Frodo and Sam. In this chapter, we glimpse for the first time the humans associated with the evil kingdom. Prior to this moment, Mordor was at first merely an idea of evil, and then a place largely associated with the fantastical, especially the dark shapes of the flying Nazgûl. Now Mordor is connected to the more real, yet equally terrifying, world of human evil. The Men of Mordor, with long dark hair, gold rings, and red flags, present yet another reminder that evil is not necessarily inherent, but can corrupt even the seemingly familiar realm of the human world to an almost unrecognizable degree.