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For Your Consideration
Best Adapted Screenplay By
Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Based on the Book by J.R.R. Tolkien
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
BLACK SCREEN . . .
SUPER: New Line Cinema Presents
SUPER: A WingNut Films Production
EXT. RIVER ANDUIN - DAY
ANGLE ON: SMEAGOL and his cousin, DEAGOL, sit in a SMALL
CORACLE, their FISHING LINES draped over the side . . . SUNSHINE
glinting off the surface of the water.
An idyllic image.
SUDDENLY . . . DEAGOL's FISHING ROD BENDS under the weight of a
Smeagol, I've got one!
I've got a fish, Smeagol!
Go on, pull it in.
DEAGOL pulls on his ROD, but is HAULED OVERBOARD and
disappears underwater with a SPLASH!
ANGLE ON: SMEAGOL leaning over the BOAT . . . CONCERNED.
EXT. UNDERWATER, RIVER ANDUIN - DAY
ANGLE ON: DEAGOL is towed to the RIVER BED by a LARGE FISH
. . . he suddenly lets go of the line . . . eyes fixed on a
SHINING GOLD RING, lying in 'the SILT.
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EXT. RIVER ANDUIN, GLADDEN FIELDS - DAY
CLOSE ON: DEAGOL climbs out of the WATER, onto the RIVER
CLOSE ON: the RING revealed in DEAGOL'S PALM . . .
ANGLE ON: SMEAGOL peers over his shoulder . . . the GOLD
reflects in SMEAGOL'S EYES!
ON SOUNDTRACK: The HUM of the RING growing LOUDER . . .
Give us that, Deagol, my love!
DEAGOL turns to look at him, a smirk on his face.
CLOSE ON: SMEAGOL moves towards DEAGOL . . .
Because its my birthday, and I wants it.
ANGLE ON: SMEAGOL jumps on DEAGOL . . . STRANGLING HIM! SMEAGOL
rips the GLITTERING RING from DEAGOL'S LIMP HAND.
CLOSE ON: SMEAGOL slips the RING onto his FINGER and DISAPPEARS.
INT. MISTY MOUNTAINS CAVES - DAY
IMAGES: SMEAGOL descending into madness. His body TWISTS and
DISTORTS . . . he becomes a CREEPY, SHRIVELLED wretch . . . finally
crawling into a DARK CAVE beneath the MISTY MOUNTAINS.
They cursed us. Murderer. Murderer they
called us. They cursed us and drove us
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SMEAGOL V/0 (cont'd)
And we wept, Precious, we wept to be so
alone. And we forgot the taste of bread,
the sound of trees, the softness of the
wind . . . We even forgot our own name.
(in a choking cough)
ANGLE ON: GOLLUM in the CAVE staring at the RING in his hand.
It's mine! My own. It came to me.
EXT. CULVERT, VALE OF MORGUL - DAWN
ANGLE ON: A GRIM LANDSCAPE, covered in THORN BUSHES and the
scars of RECENT FIRES. The DARK MORGUL VALLEY disappears up
towards the MOUNTAINS.
SETTLE ON: FRODO and SAM in a FILTHY CULVERT.
SAM twitches in a RESTLESS SLEEP. But FRODO is awake . . . His
hand trails down to the CHAIN around his NECK ...
A SUDDEN HISS! FRODO quickly hides the RING as GOLLUM peers
at them with GLEAMING EYES.
Wake up! Wake up! Wake up, sleepies! We
must go, yes, we must go at once!
SAM STIRS, looks at FRODO . . .
Haven't you had any sleep, Mr Frodo?
FRODO shakes his HEAD.
I've gone and had too much!
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SAM looks at the dead, BROWN TWILIGHT, below the LOWERING
It must be getting late.
No . . . no it isn't. It isn't midday yet.
The days are growing darker.
The GROUND suddenly QUIVERS, as a ROLLING, RUMBLING NOISE
ECHOES down the VALLEY.
Come on, must go, no time ...
Not before Mr Frodo's had something to eat.
. . . no time to lose, silly.
SAM shoots GOLLUM a HOSTILE LOOK and turns back to rummage in
his KNAPSACK. He holds up a piece of dried LEMBAS BREAD to
What about you?
I'm not hungry - leastways, not for lembas
Alright. We don't have that much left.
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CONTINUED: ( 2 )
We have to be careful or we're going to run
out. You go ahead and eat that, Mr Frodo.
I've rationed it. There should be enough.
FRODO looksa t SAM questioningly.
The journey home.
FRODO says nothing. .
EXT. CULVERT, VALE OF MORGUL - DAY
WIDE: FRODO and SAM follow GOLLUM as he leads them on the
wining, torturous path ... clambering through BRACKEN and
over JAGGED ROCKS.
Come, Hobbitses. Very close now. Very close
to Mordor! No safe places here. Hurry!
EXT. THE FOREST OF ISENGARD. DAY
GANDALF leads ARAGORN, LEGOLAS, THEODEN and GIMLI through
dark woodland . . .
The MOVING FOREST of FANGORN ...opens before them . . .
creating an AVENUE of TREES, which allows them access along
the old ISENGARD ROAD. A THICK, HUMID MIST fills the forest.
SUPER: The Return of the King
ANGLE ON: The FOEST SEPARATES ahead, REVEALING: the RUINS of
EXT. ISENGARED GATE - DAY
WIDE ON: All about, the GREAT STONE WALL is cracked and
splintered into countless jagged shards.
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Far off, half veiled int he swirling STEAM, the TOWER of
ORTHANC stands ... Unbroken by the storm. Pale waters lap
about its feet.
ANGLE ON: TWO SMALL HOBBITS are sitting on the SMASHED WALL
. . . MERRY and PIPPIN! SPREAD before them is a feast of
BREADS, MEATS and WINE. They PUFF on long pipes as they lie
back in the SUN.
I feel like I ' m back at the Green Dragon,
after a hard days work.
Only, you've never done a hard days work.
MERRY cuts PIPPIN off before he can respond in kind.
Welcome, my Lords, to Isengard.
ANGLE ON: GANDALF, ARAGORN, LEGOLAS and GIMLI stare at the
SIGHT before them . . .
You young rascals! A merry hunt you've led
us on, and now we find you feasting and
We are sitting on a field of victory,
enjoying a few well-earned comforts.
The salted pork is particularly good.
(shaking his head)
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We're under orders from Treebeard, who's
taken over management of Isengard.
WIDE: GANDALF leads the company through the flotsam and
jetsam which floats upon the muddied waters surrounding the
TOWER ... TREEBEARD, the GIANT ENT, strides towards them,
ALARMING all but GANDALF.
Huraroom ... Young Master Gandalf, I'm glad
you've come. Wood and water, stock and ,
stone I can master, but there's a wizard to
be managed here ... Locked in his tower.
And there Saruman must remain, under your
Let's just have his head and be done with
GANDALF stares up the long length of the DARK TOWER . . .
No. He has no power any more.
THE OLD ENT nods his head wisely . . .
The filth of Saruman is washing away ...
Trees will come back to live here, young
trees . . . wild trees.
CLOSE ON: PIPPIN, his eye caught by something lying in the WATER
ANGLE ON: The MUDDY waters GLOWING wit a golden light . . .
ARAGORN turns as, quick as a FLASH, PIPPIN has jumped off his
ho rse an d pi cke d u p -- th e PA LAN TIR !
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CONTINUED: ( 3 )
Well bless my bark!
Peregrin Took! I'll take that, my lad!
PIPPIN doesn't move, his eyes staring in wonder at the smooth
black stone ...
RELUCTANTLY, PIPPIN hands the PALANTIR to GANDALF ... who
immediately smothers it in his cloak.
ANGLE ON: GANDALF looks back at PIPPIN . . . troubled.
EXT. EDORAS - DAY
WIDE: BACK SHOT - a GROUP OF RIDERS gallop towards the ROHAN
CITY of EDORAS . . .
PUSH IN: EOWYN standing alone outside the GOLDEN HALL,
waiting . . .
INT. EDORAS, GOLDEN HALL - EVENING
WIDE: A ROARING FIRE; a LAMB ROASTING on SPI; LONG TABLES
laden with FOOD; BARRELS of WINE; a banquet is-laid ready for
the returning soldiers.
Tonight we remember those who gave their
blood to defend this country. Hail the
ANGLE ON: Amidst the cheering crowd, EOWYN moves towards
ARAGORN . . . As she proffers the CHALICE their eyes meet.
Westu Aragorn hal.
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EOWYN watches as ARAGORN moves away . . . a voice speaks in her
I am happy for you.
EOWYN looks at her UNCLE, as THEODEN follows her gaze.
He is an honourable man.
You are both honourable men.
It was not Theoden of Rohan who led our
people to victory.
EOWYN looks at him questioningly, disturbed'by his tone.
T HE ODE N ( co nt' d)
Don't listen to me - you are young, and
tonight is for you.
ANGLE ON: EOWYN watches concerned as her UNCLE moves away.
ANGLE ON: MERRY & PIPPIN are in full voice, on top of one of the
TABLES . . . both hold very large mugs of ALE in their hands.
MERRY & PIPPIN
Oh, you can search - up and down
As many lands as can be found
But you'll never find a beer so brown
As the one we drink in our home town
You can keep your fancy ales
You can drink them by the flagon
But the only brew, for the brave and true,
Comes from the Green Dragon!
ANGLE ON: GANDALF laughing and clapping the HOBBITS. ARAGORN
steps up beside him, SMILING at the floorshow.
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No news of Frodo?
No word ... nothing.
We till have time.
GANDALF turns quickly to ARAGORN.
Every day Frpdo moves closer to Mordor.
GANDALF watches his friend's face . . . seeking reassurance.
Do we know that?
What does your heart tell you?
(with a small smile)
That Frodo is alive.
Yes - yes, he is alive.
EXT. MORGUL VALLEY - NIGHT
ANGLE ON: FRODO and SAM lie asleep amidst scrubby bushes near a
stagnant pool. SMEAGOL lies nearby, muttering in his sleep.
Too risky, too risky. The thieves! They
stole it from us. Kill them . . . kill them
... kill them both!
SMEAGOL wakes suddenly, shaking, his face drenched in SWEAT,
eyes wide in horror.
SME AGO L (c ont' d)
(CON TINUED )
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SMEAGOL'S features suddenly transform into the MALEVOLENT
face of GOLLUM!
Mustn't wake them, mustn't ruin it now!
SMEAGOL casts a quick glance over his SHOULDER to the
SLEEPING figures of FRODO and SAM as he clambers off his ROCK
. . . silently sidling towards the EDGE of a STAGNANT POOL.
They knows, they knows, they suspects us.
SMEAGOL stares into the MURKY depths of the WATER.
The SURFACE RIPPLES as the face of GOLLUM appears as SMEAGOL'S
GOLLUM., . ,.·
What is it saying,.my Precious, my love? Is .
Smeagol losing his nerve??
No! Not! Never!! Smeagol hates nasty
Hobbitses! Smeagol wants to see: them -
And we will . . ,- Smeagol did it once. . .
. . . He can do it again.
FLASH INSERT: SMEAGOL choking DEAGOL . . . Fingers locked tight
around his THROAT.
It's ours - ours!
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We must get the Precious. We must get it
Patience, patience, my love. First we must
lead them to her.
We lead them to the windy stairs.
Yes, the stairs ... and then?
Up, up, up, up the stairs we go . . . until
we come to . . .
... the Tunnel!
And when they go in, there's no coming out.
She's always hungry, she always needs to
feed. She must eat, all She gets is filthy
And they doesn't taste very nice, does
they, Precious? .
No . . . not very nice at all, my love. She
hungers for sweeter meats . . .
CLOSE ON: SAM . . . his EYES flicker OPEN . . .
"Hobbit meat." And when She throws away the
bones and the empty clothes, then we will
find it . . .
And take it for Me!
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For us . . .
Yes, we, we meant for us . . .
Go Hum! Go Hum!
The Precious will be ours once the
Hobbitses are dead!
SUDDEN ANGLE ON: SAM image mirrored in the water as he SMACKS
GOLLUM on the HEAD with his POT!
(yelling) ,· .
You treacherous little toad!
SAM drops the POT and FLINGS himself ON TOP of GOLLUM! GOLLUM
SCREAMS . . . his ARMS and LEGS FLAILING WILDLY!
No! Not! Help! Master!
ANGLE ON: FRODO staggers over to SAM and PULLS HIM OFF
No, Sam! Leave him alone!
CLOSE ON: GOLLUM, huddled on the ground WHIMPERING and
I heard it from his own mouth he means
to murder us!
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CONTINUED: ( 4 )
Never! Smeagol wouldn't hurt a fly!
He's a horrid, fat Hobbit who hates Smeagol
and who makes up nasty lies!
SAM makes for SMEAGOL again . . . with a look of MURDEROUS
You miserable little maggot! I'll stove
your head in!
FRODO grabs SAM'S ARM.
Sm. . .
Call me a liar! You're a liar!
Sam! If you scare him off, we're lost.
SAM pulls away from FRODO . . .
I don't care! I can't do it, Mr Frodo. I
won' t wait around for him to kill us !
I'm not sending him away.
SAM stares at FRODO . . . at a loss.
You don't see it, do you? He's a villain!
We can't do this by ourselves, Sam. Not
without a guide. I need you on my side.
ANGLE ON: SAM, his face softening.
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I'm on your side, Mr Frodo.
I know, Sam, I know.
You must trust me.
FRODO beckons to GOLLUM.
GOLLUM turns slowly, staring at SAM through hooded, HATE-FILLED
EYES ... and SMILES.
EXT. EDORAS, GOLDEN HALL - EARLY DAWN
ARAGORN joins LEGOLAS on the STEPS to the GOLDEN HALL, oblivious
to the CHILL WIND . . . they look out across the SLEEPING CITY to
the LOOMING MOUNTAIN RANGE BEYOND . .-. DARK CLOUDS mark the sky.
The stars are veiled, something stirs in
the east . . . A sleepless malice.
LEGOLAS looks at ARAGORN . . . realisation in his face.
The eye of the enemy is moving.
INT. EDORAS, SLEEPING QUARTERS - EARLY DAWN,
CLOSE ON: PIPPIN . . . he is AWAKE! He sits up . . . ANXIOUS,
FIDGETY . . .
Suddenly he hops out of bed and creeps towards the SLEEPING FORM
What you doing?
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PIPPIN gasps with FRIGHT! MERRY is sitting up, wiping sleep
from his eyes. He moves on . . .
ANGLE ON: A sleeping GANDALF lies with eyes wide open! But
PIPPIN is undeterred . . .
MERRY sits up, a worried look on his face.
Pippin? Pippin? Pippin! What are you doing?
With quick stealth, PIPPIN lifts the WRAPPED PALANTIR from
GANDALF'S grasp ...
Pippin, are you mad?
I just want to look at it. Just one more
Put it back! Put - it - back!
PIPPIN unwraps the PALANTIR and as MERRY looks on HORRIFIED,
he gazes INTENTLY into it.
As PIPPIN lays his hands on the CRYSTAL, a SICKLY PALE light
slowly spreads from the GLASS BALL onto PIPPIN'S FACE ... his
EXT. EDORAS GOLDEN HALL - EARLY DAWN
On the STEPS of the GOLDEN HALL, LEGOLAS turns to ARAGORN
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He is here.
INT. EDORAS, SLEEPING QUARTERS - NIGHT
PIPPIN suddenly starts to HYPERVENTILATE . . . He STAGGERS
BACKWARDS, PALANTIR held rigidly before him . . .
THE GREAT EYE OF SAURON seems to LEAP from the FIRE . . . PIPPIN
is bathed in the FIERY RED LIGHT.
PIPPIN sinks to his KNEES, his mouth open in a soundless SCREAM
. . . He FALLS BACKWARDS, powerless to release the FIERY GLOBE.
Help! Someone help him!
GANDALF wakes with a start! Just as ARAGORN enters, and
wrenches the PALANTIR from PIPPIN'S HANDS . . . PIPPIN FALLS to
the FLOOR! . . . ARAGORN spins away, reeling backwards, the
PALANTIR falling from his HANDS . . .
The PALANTIR rolls across the FLOOR, causing EVERYONE in the
room to COWER BACK. ;
ANGLE ON: GANDALF throws a BLANKET over it, ANGRY DISBELIEF
on his face! He rounds on PIPPIN. ,
Fool of a Took!
GANDALF lifts the HOBBIT'S SLUMPED HEAD.
PIPPIN is trembling ... GANDALF calms him . . .
Gandalf! Forgive me.
Look at me! What did you see?
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A tree ... There was a white tree . . . in a
courtyard of stone . . . It was dead!
FLASH INSERT: A lone white tree silhouetted by flames.
The city was burning ...
Is that what you saw?
I saw . . . I saw him . . . I could hear his
voice in my head.
And what did you tell him? Speak!
He asked me my name, I didn't answer . . . he
hurt me . . .
CLOSE ON: GANDALF stares at PIPPIN with a FRIGHTENING
INTENSITY . . .
What did you tell him about Frodo and the
INT. EDORAS, GOLDEN HALL - DAY
THEODEN stands in the GOLDEN HALL, gravely listening to
GANDALF ... ARAGORN, LEGOLAS, and GIMLI look on . . .
There was no lie in Pippin's eyes; a fool,
but an honest fool he remains. He told
Sauron nothing of Frodo and the Ring.
ANGLE ON: GIMLI lets out a sigh of relief.
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GANDALF turns to look at THEODEN.
We've been strangely fortunate. What Pippin
saw in the Palantir was a glimpse of our
GANDALF looks from on to the other of the, gathered company.
Sauron moves to strike the city of Minas
Tirith. His defeat at Helm's Deep showed
our enemy one thing.
The WIZARD turns towards ARAGORN . . .
The heir of Elendil has come forth. Men are
not as weak as he supposed. There is
courage still - strength enough left to
THEODEN listens intently, saying nothing.
Sauro n fea rs this. He will no t risk t he
p e o p l es of M i d d l e -e a r t h u n i t i ng u n d e r one
b a n n e r. He w i l l r ai s e M i n a s T ir i t h t o the
groun d bef ore he sees the ret urn of t he
CLOSE ON: ARAGORN . . . he knows GANDALF SPEAKS THE TRUTH.
ANGLE ON: GANDALF rounds on THEODEN . . .
If the beacons of Condor are lit, Rohan
must be ready for war!
THEODEN holds GANDALF'S gaze.
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Tell me. Why should we ride to the aid of
those who did not come to ours?
ANGLE ON: ARAGORN turns to look at THEODEN.
What do we owe Gondor?
(low and urgent)
I will go.
They must be warned.
They will be.
(low voice, to Aragorn)
You must come to Minas Tirith by another
Follow the river, look to the black ships.
(louder, to all)
Understand this . . . things are now in
motion that cannot be undone.
GANDALF turns on his heel . . . and stares at a surpirsed
I ride for Minas Tirith! And I won't be
going alone !
EXT. EDORAS STREETS - DAWN
ANGLE ON: GANDALF hurries along the STREETS . . . PIPPIN and
MERRY run alongside trying to KEEP UP . . .
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Of all the inquisitive Hobbits, Peregrin,
Took, you are the worst. Hurry, hurry!
PIPPIN catches up to MERRY.
Where are we going?
Why did you look - why do you always have
I don't know . . . I can't help it.
MERRY turns away ...
You never can.
(lightly) . . . . ,.; ·
I'm sorry, alright? I won't do it again.
This is too much for MERRY. He turns on PIPPIN.
Don't you understand ... the Enemy thinks
you have the Ring . . . he's going to be
looking for you, Pip. They have to get you
out of here!
And you. You're coming with me . . .
PUSH IN: PIPPIN'S face as MERRY strides away.
' ,., CUT TO:
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INT. EDORAS STABLES - DAWN
ANGLE ON: PIPPIN is dumped unceremoniously onto the back of
SHADOWFAX as GANDALF hurriedly prepares to leave . . .
How far is Minas Tirith?
Three days ride as the Nazgul flies and
you'd better hope we don't have one of
those on our tail.
MERRY thrusts a SMALL PACKAGE into PIPPIN'S HAND . . .
Here - something for the road.
PIPPIN stares down at the leather-bound bundle of PIPE-WEED.
The last of the Longbottom Leaf.
I know you've run out . . . you smoke too
But we'11 see each other soon?
A WORRIED MERRY exchanges glances with GANDALF.
I don't know . . . I don't know what's going
GANDALF mounts SHADOWFAX.
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GANDALF spurs the GREAT HORSE forward.
Run Shadowfax, show us the meaning of
SHADOWFAX thunders out of the STABLES!
CLOSE ON: MERRY'S devastated face.
EXT. GATES OF EDORAS - DAY
ANGLE ON: SHADOWFAX carried GANDALF and PIPPIN out of the
GATE and down the WINDING ROAD towards the PLAINS QF ROHAN.
EXT. EDORAS GATES LOOK-OUT - DAY
ANGLE ON: MERRY clambers up a WATCHTOWER, ARAGORN in pursuit.
ANGLE ON::The SMALL FIGURE as he watches his best friend
DISAPPEAR into the DISTANCE . . .
CLOSE ON: ARAGORN . . . he knows what it is to lose someone.
EXT. RIVENDELL FOREST - DAY
WIDE: ARWEN - escorted by a SMALL ENTOURAGE of ELVES - rides
through the gathering darkness of a PINE FOREST ...
Take her by the safest road. A ship lies
anchored in the Grey Havens. It waits to
carry her across the Sea . . . The last
journey of Arwen Undomiel.
SLOW MOTION: As ARWEN rides through the FOREST the FIGURE of
a SMALL BOY of about 5 SUDDENLY runs across the path in front
ARWEN reigns in ASFALOTH ... something about the BOY
intrigues her.- but she does not know why . . .
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As ARWEN watches the BOY moves away, the TREES begin to thin
. . . the BOY continues running. One by one the TREES TRANSFORM
into TALL WHITE PILLARS ...
ARWEN'S POV: The BOY now stands within a VISION of the
majestic architecture of the great Gondorian city of MINAS
A SILHOUETTED FIGURE appears in the distance and moves
towards the CHILD . . . the BOY runs to the FIGURE.
ARWEN watches as the FIGURE holds out its arms - swinging the
LAUGHING CHILD into the AIR . . .
The figure turns to reveal ... ARAGORN, a little older,
dressed in the casual finery of a GONDORIAN NOBLE.
CLOSE ON: The'CHILD, now in ARAGORN'S ARMS looks directly at
ARWEN . . . it is a QUIET LOOK filled with INFINITE SADNESS.
ARWEN'S eyes drop to the CHILD'S CHEST . . . around the CHILD'S
neck hangs the EVENSTAR . . .
CLOSE ON: ARWEN as she realizes she is staring at a future
that can never be, the CHILD she and ARAGORN will never have.
INSERT: ELROND speaking to his daughter . . .
ELROND V/0 (cont'd)
Arwen, there is nothing for you here ...
ARWEN shuts her eyes ... when she opens them again the VISION
is gone . . . she is staring at DARK TREES once more.
ELF ESCORT O.S.
ARWEN turns towards her COMPANION who stares at her,
We cannot delay.
SUDD ENLY: ARWEN wheels ASFAL OTH ar ound . . . riding away.
(C O N TI N U ED )
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ELF ESCORT (cont'd)
EXT. RIVENDELL - DAY
WIDE SHOT: ARWEN'S HORSE gallops over the BRIDGE and through
the GATES into RIVENDELL.
EXT. ELROND'S BALCONY, RIVENDELL - DAY
ANGLE ON: ELROND seated alone ... ARWEN runs up the STEPS
towards him ...
What did you see?
CLOSE ON: ELROND stands - stunned. ,,
ANGLE ON: ARWEN breathing hard, walking towards ELROND with a
fierce light in her eyes . . .
You have the gift of foresight - tell me
what you have seen.
CLOSE ON: ELROND his face grim. '
I looked into your future and I saw death.
There is also life. ,
Her father turns away ...
You saw there was a child . . .
you saw my son.
ELROND stares into space, the fight seems to go out of him.
He won't look at her . . .
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That future is almost gone.
But it is not lost ...
Nothing is certain.
ANGLE ON: ARWEN gently takes her FATHER'S face in her hands
and turns him toward her . . .
Some things are certain. If I leave him now
I will regret It forever.
Ada, it is time.
INSERT IMAGE: A HOODED FIGURE ascends a CURVED STAIRCASE
towards a GALLERY ... The FIGURE stops before a STATUE that
holds the BROKEN SHARDS of an ancient sword in its arms.
A RW EN ( V .O .) (c on t' d )
From the ashes of fire shall be woken,
a light from the shadow shall spring,
renewed shall be blade that was broken ...
INSERT IMAGE: The BLADE shattering in several fragments as
ISLIDUR brandishes NARSIL at SAURON.
ARWEN (V.O.) (cont'd)
The crownless again shall be King . . .
CLOSE ON: The HOODED FIGURE looks up into the sorrowful face
of the STATUE ... The figure is ARWEN . . .
Reforge the sword.
INT. ARWEN'S CHAMBER, RIVENDELL - NIGHT
ANGLE ON: ELROND stares at his daughter, unwavering . . .
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ANGLE ON: ELROND turns away . . .
ANGLE ON: ARWEN in ANGUISH, sits on her bed, the book falls
to the FLOOR ...
CLOSE ON: ELROND picks up her JOURNAL and takes one of her
hands in his . . .
Your hands are cold.
The life of the Eldar is leaving you.
CLOSE ON: ELROND'S despair is plain . . .
It has begun.
This was my choice. Ada ... Whether by your
will or not, there is no ship now that can
bear me hence.
ANGLE ON: ELROND, he understands now that to protect his
dauther, he must trust her . . .
INSERT IMAGES: A BROKEN SWORD GLOWS with RED HEAT . . . It's
BLADE in SEVERAL FRAGMENTS.
IMAGE: A HEAVY HAMMER pounds the RED-HOT BLADE on an ANVIL
. . . As ELVEN-SMITHS TEMPER the STEEL.
IMAGE: ELROND'S FACE lit by FLICKERING FIRE as SPARKS fly in.
the RIVENDELL FORGE.
CLOSE ON: The SWORD is withdrawn from a POOL OF STEAMING
WATER ... LIGHT SHIMMERS as the WATER DROPS slide down the
BLADE of NARSIL, the SWORD that was broken has been remade.
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CLOSE ON: PIPPIN asleep . . . GANDALF'S PROTECTIVE ARM around
. . . as SHADOWFAX THUNDERS through the NIGHT.