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EXT. SNOWY MOUNTAINSIDE -- DAY

                                                        ANGLE ON:

The Fellowship clamber through Rock and Snow. CLOSE ON: Frodo
slips on some shale...as he scrambles to his feet, the Ring
falls on the ground... CLOSE ON: the ring gleaming in the
snow! Boromir's Hand picks it up by the chain...he stands,
the ring dangling before his eyes. He seems to grow in
stature, as if absorbing its power. Aragorn warily approaches
Boromir...Boromir is motionless...he stares at the ring, as
if transfixed.

                     ARAGORN
          Boromir?

                    BOROMIR
          It is a strange fate that we should
          suffer so much fear and doubt over so
          small a thing...such a little thing.

                    ARAGORN
              (quietly)
          Boromir...give the ring to Frodo.
          ARAGORN'S HAND moves to his sword hilt.

                                                      (CONTINUED)

                                                            82.
CONTINUED:


Ring's POV...looking up at Boromir's face. The strange hum
vibrates on the soundtrack. CLOSE ON: a Weird beatific smile
lights up Boromir's face...The HUM grows to a Deafening roar!
Boromir suddenly snaps out of his trance and hands the ring
back to Frodo.

                    BOROMIR
              (lightly)
          As you wish. I care not.

Boromir smiles at Frodo, ruffling his hair. CLOSE ON: ARAGON
unhands his sword.

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EXT. ISENGARD -- DAY

Following the crows as they race deeper and deeper, passing a
vista of Industry, Hundreds of Orcs and writhing
Birthsacks...flying past Saruman, who stands upon a wooden
Gantry. CLOSE ON: Saruman, listening to the Cries of the
crows.

                    SARUMAN
          So, Gandalf...you try to lead them over
          Caradhras. And if that fails...where
          then will you go? THE FELLOWSHIP
          struggles through the snow.

                    SARUMAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)
          If the mountain defeats you, will you
          risk a more dangerous road?

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EXT. PASS OF CARADHRAS -- DAY

THE FELLOWSHIP are struggling through a blinding blizzard, up
towards the PASS OF CARADHRAS. Legolas the Elf moves lightly
across the top of the snow...he suddenly pauses. Saruman's
voice sweeps by in the wind.

                    LEGOLAS
              (urgent)
          There is a fell voice in the air.

                    GANDALF
          It's Saruman.

THUNDER RUMBLES...ROCK and Shale fall from above.




                                                    (CONTINUED)

                                                            83.
CONTINUED:


                    ARAGORN
              (urgently)
          He's trying to bring down the mountain.
          Gandalf! We must turn back!

                       GANDALF
          No!

GANDALF RAISES HIS STAFF...HE CHANTS INTO THE WIND.

                    GANDALF
              (YELLING)
          Losto Caradhras, sedho, hodo, nuitho I
          ruith. Sleep Caradhras, be still, lie
          still, hold your wrath.

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EXT. ISENGARD -- DAY

CAMERA SWEEPS PAST SARUMAN...he stands on the summit of
Orthanc, Chanting. CLOUDS ARE FLOWING FROM ALL DIRECTIONS...
converging on the distant mountains in a stormy Malestrom.

EXT. PASS OF CARADHRAS -- DAY

Saruman's voice strengthens...rolling past the fellowship
like thunder. A LIGHTNING CRACK explodes on the mountainside
above them. Frodo looks up in horror as a huge snow avalanche
thunders down towards them! The Fellowship throw themselves
against the cliff face as snow crashes onto the narrow ledge.
LEGOLAS pulls Gandalf to safety. Aragorn shields Frodo and
Sam as snow piles around them. Within moments, the pass is
blocked and the fellowship are enveloped in snow. Boromir
and Aragorn frantically dig for the hobbits...who are pulled
out Shivering and Fearful.

                    BOROMIR
              (urgent)
          We must get off the mountain! Make for
          the gap of Rohan and take the West road
          to my city.

                    ARAGORN
          The Gap of Rohan takes us too close to
          Isengard.

                    GIMLI
          We cannot pass over the mountain. Let us
          go under it. Let us go through the mines
          of Moria. Gandalf has a concerned look on
          his face.


                                                    (CONTINUED)

                                                             84.
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                    SARUMAN (V.O.)
          Moria. You fear to go into those mines,
          don't you? The dwarves delved too
          greedily and too deep.

                    SARUMAN (V.O.) (CONT'D)
          You know what they awoke in, the darkness
          of Khazad-dum. Shadow and flame.

                    GANDALF
          Let the ringbearer decide.

CLOSE ON: FRODO, the weight of the decision weighing heavily
upon him. CLOSE ON: MERRY and PIPPIN shivering in Boromir's
arms.

                      GANDALF (CONT'D)
          Frodo?

Frodo meets Gandalf's eye.

                    FRODO
          We will go through the mines. Gandalf
          slowly nods.

                      GANDALF
          So be it.