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Tolkien came up with the title under deadline pressure and later expressed dissatisfaction with it. In letters and one sketch he considered several possible sets of towers, including [[Minas Tirith]] and the [[Barad-dûr]], and even the possibility of leaving the matter ambiguous.  However, he eventually settled on [[Orthanc]] and [[Minas Morgul]] and wrote a note to this effect which appears at the end of most editions of ''The Fellowship of the Ring''. He also produced a final cover illustration showing these towers, but the publisher decided not to use it in order to save money on the production costs.
 
Tolkien came up with the title under deadline pressure and later expressed dissatisfaction with it. In letters and one sketch he considered several possible sets of towers, including [[Minas Tirith]] and the [[Barad-dûr]], and even the possibility of leaving the matter ambiguous.  However, he eventually settled on [[Orthanc]] and [[Minas Morgul]] and wrote a note to this effect which appears at the end of most editions of ''The Fellowship of the Ring''. He also produced a final cover illustration showing these towers, but the publisher decided not to use it in order to save money on the production costs.
  
Loosely, any pair from a set of five towers in the story could plausibly fit the title:  [[Tower of Cirith Ungol|Cirith Ungol]], Orthanc, Minas Tirith, Barad-dûr, and Minas Morgul.
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Loosely, any pair from a set of five towers in the story could plausibly fit the title:  [[Cirith Ungol]], Orthanc, Minas Tirith, Barad-dûr, and Minas Morgul.
  
 
A trailer of ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'' interprets the title as referring to the alliance between Orthanc and Barad-dûr.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCktPUwkW0 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Trailer] ([[Galadriel: "There is a union now between the Two Towers: Barad-dûr, fortress of the Dark Lord Sauron; and Orthanc, stronghold of the Wizard Saruman.")</ref> (Minas Morgul doesn't appear until [[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King|the next film]]).
 
A trailer of ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]'' interprets the title as referring to the alliance between Orthanc and Barad-dûr.<ref>[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCktPUwkW0 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Trailer] ([[Galadriel: "There is a union now between the Two Towers: Barad-dûr, fortress of the Dark Lord Sauron; and Orthanc, stronghold of the Wizard Saruman.")</ref> (Minas Morgul doesn't appear until [[The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King|the next film]]).

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