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The plot of the first 10 minutes of TTT!

November 29, 2002 at 12:12 pm by Arathorn  - 

Our Spanish-language community member Elfenomeno.com has an amazing scoop – an anonymous spy report detailing the first 10 minutes of the Two Towers scene by scene. There is but one catch – the original article is in Spanish (and perhaps already translated from English).

Update: At the very bottom is our original – and very hasty – translation by means of Babelfish, but we’re very pleased to now be able to offer you a far better translation courtesy of our fantastic Ringer Spies!

!!!HUGE SPOILERS!!!

The Two Towers begins with an imposing panoramic shot of the Misty Mountains. The camera crosses their steep peaks and, little by little, a voice starts to be audible in the distance. The camera approaches closer and closer to the mountains, and finally goes inside. Then you know that the voice in the distance is that of Gandalf. We enter the mountain and arrive at the bridge of Khazad-dûm at the scene of the fight with the Balrog! Ian McKellen was right about how the movie begins.

Then, we return to see the sequence of the Fellowship of the Ring in which Gandalf falls into the chasm with the Balrog. But this time, we do not follow the Fellowship as it flees from Moria – but we instead see Gandalf and the Balrog as they fall into the chasm whilst they continue fighting. The sequence finishes without showing us the defeat of the Balrog at this moment (I suppose that the defeat of the Balrog is narrated by means of a flashback, just as Gandalf’s escape from Orthanc was in the first film – although this just a guess).

The scene is so impressive, ‘deafening’ (“astonishing” in English… if the translation is not ideal). An explosive beginning (in the manner of Hitchcock). It leaves you glued to your seat and shaking and wondering whether you will survive the rest of the film…

Despite all of that, we cut to Frodo and Sam entering the Emyn Muil – and already, without delay, Gollum finally appears. This sequence tells how they catch and Gollum and subsequent events (we have already seen something like this in the trailer) as they decide to take Gollum with them. I cannot tell you more, as I’d prefer that you see Gollum for yourselves (in all seriousness: he(the insider) did not say anything on the subject of Gollum, I swear it)

I seem to remember that this comes before a brief sequence that shows Merry and Pippin being carried by the Uruks – as Pippin drops his broach as a signal for his friends.

Then there is also a scene in Isengard – but not necessarily in this order. One would think that I am a professional and have seen many films – but now I must clear my mind carefully to try to remember what I saw correctly. Saruman, who has already created a terrible army of Uruk-Hai, orders his followers to attack the plains of Men. And later there is a scene in which Uruks devastate a town of the Rohirrim and some of the humans try to flee towards Edoras.

There you have it! We received more than a dozen different translations, all very similar. This particular one was courtesy of Ringer Spy Kristina, who was first to the punch. Nevertheless, on behalf of TORn, I’d like to thank everyone who wrote in and helped us out. We couldn’t do it without our spies!

Below is our original babelfish-inspired translation for anyone who wishes to compare. The spanish article can be found at Elfenomeno.com. [More].

!!!HUGE SPOILERS!!!

The Two Towers begins with an imposing panoramic shot of the Misty Mountains. The camera crosses their steep peaks and, little by little, a voice starts to be audible in the distance. The camera approaches closer and closer to the mountains, and finally goes inside. Then you know that the voice in the distance is that of Gandalf. We enter the mountain and arrive at the bridge of Khazad-dûm at the scene of the fight with the Balrog! Ian McKellen was in the same place as when he was last seen in FoTR.
Then, we return to see the sequence of the Fellowship of the Ring in which Gandalf falls into the chasm with the Balrog. But this time, we do not follow the Fellowship as it flees from Moria – but we instead see Gandalf and the Balrog as they fall into the chasm whilst they continue fighting. The sequence finishes without showing us the defeat of the Balrog at this moment (I suppose that the defeat of the Balrog is narrated by means of a flashback, just as Gandalf’s escape from Orthanc was in the first film – although this just a guess).
The scene is so impressive, ‘deafening’ (“astonishing” in English… if the translation is not ideal). An explosive beginning (in the manner of Hitchcock). It leaves you glued to your seat and shaking and wondering whether you will survive the rest of the film…
Despite all of that, we cut to Frodo and Sam entering the Emyn Muil – and already, without delay, Gollum finally appears. This sequence tells how they catch and Gollum and subsequent events (we have already seen something like this in the trailer) as they decide to take Gollum with them. I cannot tell you more, as I’d prefer that you see Gollum for yourselves (in all seriousness: I cannot tell you more about the appearance of Gollum, in light of non-disclosure agreements(?)).
I seem to remember that this comes before a brief sequence that shows Merry and Pippin being carried by the Uruks – as Pippin drops his broach as a signal for his friends.
Then there is also a scene in Isengard – but not necessarily in this order. I am a professional and have seen many films – but now I must clear my mind carefully to try to remember what I saw correctly. Saruman, who has already created a terrible army of Uruk-Hai, orders his followers to attack the plains of Men. And later there is a scene in which Uruks devastate a town of the Rohirrim and some of the humans try to flee towards Edoras.

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