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"The Two Towers": Desire to Live Courageously

In the film Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Sauron's dark forces begin to overcome peaceful Middle Earth. The hope for Middle Earth lies in the hands of two hobbits, a dwarf, an elf, and a man named Aragorn.

Knowing that a militia of ruthless soldiers is heading for the country of Rohan, Aragorn comes to help its people. As he walks about the palace he finds the King of Rohan's daughter practicing with a large sword. She doesn't know Aragorn is watching her. In a gothic parlor, lit only by a few flames, she wields the large silver sword like an experienced soldier. Though petite, she is formidable. As Aragorn suddenly steps out of the darkness, she reacts with agility and their swords clash. Aragorn comments on her skill.

She replies, "The women of Rohan have had to learn that just because you do not carry a sword does not mean you cannot die upon one. I fear neither death nor pain."

Curious, Aragorn asks, "What do you fear?"

"A cage," she says. "To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire."

Elapsed time: Measured from the beginning of the opening credit, this scene begins at 01:09:29 and ends at 01:10:40.

Content: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and scary images.

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