As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in sperate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan agianst the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate vitory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf had miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam had left his master for dead after a bettle with the giant spider, Shelob, but Frodo is still alive now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are missing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.