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No, it’s not time for the Image of the Week yet, but I had to show this item: the teaser poster for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which is due out this winter.

The title, for those of you who are not as up on your Tolkien as you should be (You know who you are, he said ominously), refers to the places at the center of action in LOTR‘s second installment. The tower in the foreground of this poster is Minas Morgul, which guards the entrance into Mordor through which Frodo and Sam must pass. The other tower (the one in the background) is Orthanc, the citadel of Saruman in the land of Isengard where the turncoat wizard held Gandalf captive and created his Orc army in the first film. I’ve also linked the poster image to an AICN page were a series of links to mirror-sites containing the latest trailer for The Two Towers can be found.

Between the completion of Star Wars and the release of Lord of the Rings, the next couple of years are going to be good ones for the movies.

(ADDENDUM: According to the film’s trailer, the first tower is actually Barad-dur, the stronghold of Sauron, and not Minas Morgul. The books themselves say that Minas Morgul is one of the Two Towers, in the closing message at the end of The Fellowship of the Ring. Peter Jackson evidently made this change to fit into his idea that Saruman is an ally of Sauron’s.)

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