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EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS - DAY

ANGLE ON: The battlefield is in CHAOS as MUMAKIL decimate the
VALIANT ROHIRRIM . . .

CLOSE ON: THEODEN tries to rally his men amid the SEA of
CRYING MEN and NEIGHING HORSES!

                      THEODEN
                (yelling)
           Rally to me! To me!

SUDDENLY the WITCH-KING SWOOPS down on his NAZGUL scooping up
THEODEN and his HORSE ... they CARTWHEEL into the AIR and
land in a heap ... the HORSE is .DEAD ... THEODEN lies DYING
beneath it.

ANGLE ON: The WITCH-KING swooping down on his FELL-BEAST!

The FELL-BEAST lands on THEODEN'S DEAD HORSE.

                      WITCH-KING
           Feast on his flesh!

ANGLE ON: The FELL-BEAST opens it's WICKED JAWS . . . !

ANGLE ON: A ROHAN SOLDIER stands before the BEAST . . . it is
EOWYN!

                     EOWYN
           I will kill you if you touch him!

CLOSE ON: The WITCH-KING laughs . . .

                     WITCH-KING
           Do not come between the Nazgul and his
           prey!

ANGLE ON: The FELL-BEAST lifts EOWYN from her feet ...

SUDDENLY! With a mighty SWORD BLOW, the FELL-BEAST'S HEAD is
SEVERED! The huge CREATURE crumples to the ground, VAST WINGS
out-stretched, sending the WITCH-KING sprawling!



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ANGLE ON: The WITCH-KING rises out of the wreckage . . . tall
and threatening . . .

EOWYN stands before him,the FELL-BEAST'S BLOOD dripping from
her SWORD!

With a shrill SHRIEK of HATRED, he knocks EOWYN backwards
with his MACE! STUNNED EOWYN tries to stand and is hit once
again with another CRIPPLING BLOW . . .

ANGLE ON: The WITCH-KING laughs once again as he SMASHES his
MACE downward ... EOWYN tries to block the BLOW but her
SHIELD shatters into MANY PIECES!

The WITCH-KING towers over EOWYN ... raising his MACE for the
KILLING BLOW!

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EXT. MINAS TIRITH DOCKS - DAY

ANGLE ON: an ORC COMMANDER hurrying on to the ANDUIN RIVER
DOCKS, close to the CITY. LARGE BLACK SHADOWS slide across
the DOCKS, as SAILING SHIPS approach O.S.

ANGLE ON: A sinister BLACK SAILED SHIP GLIDES into the "DOCKS
. . . 9 OTHER CORSAIR SHIPS follow behind.

CLOSE ON: The ORC COMMANDER ...

                        ORC COMMANDER
                  (angry)
             Late as usual! Get off your ships, you sea
             rats! There's knife work here needs doing.

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN leaping from the LEADING SHIP and charging
across the DOCKS, ROARING at the top of his LUNGS! He is
followed by LEGOLAS and GIMLI . . .

ANGLE ON: Surprised ORC REACTION to the THREE charging
towards THOUSANDS of ORCS!

                     GIMLI
      · ··· Plenty for the both of us . . . May the best
          dwarf win!
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ANGLE ON: The ARMY OF THE DEAD suddenly LEAP straight out of
the SIDES of the SHIPS! They charge ACROSS the SURFACE OF THE
WATER with FRIGHTENING SPEED, overtaking ARAGORN!

The ORCS SCREAM at the SIGHT of 5000 SPECTRAL WARRIORS!

ANGLE ON: The SPECTRAL WARRIORS SWARM into the flank of the
QRC ARMY! With a raging blood-lust, the UNDEAD climb over the
top of each other to try and reach the enemy, creating a kind
of.ROLLING MOUNTAIN of GHOULS that sweep all before them
away!

The ORCS have no defence as their WEAPONS CANNOT MAKE CONTACT
with the GHOSTS!

EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS - DAY

ANGLE ON: MERRY on the ground . . . He looks around to see THE
WITCH-KING standing over EOWYN, pulling her to her FEET!

                         WITCH KING
             No man can kill me . . . Die!

ANGLE ON: MERRY driving his SWORD into the back of the WITCH-
KING'S KNEE! MERRY'S SWORD bursts into FLAME and his ARM is.
shot with PAIN . . .

EOWYN struggles to her feet . . . pulling off her HELMET:

CLOSE ON: EOWYN . . . her LONG HAIR tumbling onto her
shoulders!

                        EOWYN
             I am no man!

With her last strength, EOWYN thrusts her SWORD into the
WITCH-KING'S FACE! EOWYN'S SWORD SHATTERS into MANY SHARDS!

The WITCH-KING topples back DEAD, a BLACK OOZE leaking from
his ROBES and ARMOUR! A shuddering CRY, fading into a SHRILL
WAIL passes with the WIND.

ARAGORN and LEGOLAS battle the ORC - LEGOLAS JUMPS onto the
BACK of a GIANT MUMAKIL bringing it down ... he lands on his
feet in front of GIMLI . . .
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                        GIMLI
             That still only counts as one!

The MUMAKIL react with terror as SPECTRAL WARRIORS climb up
their SIDES, routing the HARADRIM from their WAR-TOWERS!

ORCS flee in their THOUSANDS ... the TERRIFIED MUMAKIL
trampling them in their PANIC to ESCAPE!

ANGLE ON: The ARMY OF THE DEAD swarming over the CITY,
routing the ORCS!

ANGLE ON: EOWYN crawls to where THEODEN lays, mortally
wounded . . .

THEODEN looks up at EOWYN ... his breathing shallow ... his
vision clouded . . .

                        THEODEN
                  (gasping weakly)
             I know your face ... Eowyn ...

EOWYN smiles down at him as she GENTLY STROKES his FACE ...

                       THEODEN (cont'd)
             My eyes darken ...

                        EOWYN
             No . . . I am going to save you ...

                         THEODEN
                  (loving)
             You already did . . .
                  (clutching her hand)
             My body is broken ... you have to let me go


                        EOWYN
             N ...
              o

THEODEN touches her tear-stained face ...

                        THEODEN
             I go to my fathers . . . in whose mighty
             company, I shall not now feel ashamed ...
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THEODEN is DYING . . .

                         THEODEN (cont'd)
            Eowyn?

THEODEN DIES ... EOWYN breaks down, SOBBING ... ALL AROUND is
a VISTA OF DEFEAT.

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EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS, MINAS TIRITH - DAY

WIDE ON: PELENNOR FIELDS . . . strangely SILENT . . . all ORCS
have fled ... BATTLE DEBRIS and BODIES stretch as far as the
eye can see...

ABOVE MINAS TIRITH ... BLINDING SUN RAYS break through the
LOW CLOUDS!

ANGLE ON: GANDALF, LEGOLAS, GIMLI and PIPPIN watch as . . .
ARAGORN walks slowly across the FIELD OF BATTLE towards the
HIDEOUS GHOULS ...

                       KING OF THE DEAD
            Release us.

                       GIMLI
                 (quietly)
            Bad idea. Very handy in a tight spot, these
            lads - despite the fact, they're dead!

                      KING OF THE DEAD
            You gave us your word.

                       ARAGORN
            I hold your oath fulfilled . . . Go. Be at
            peace.

ANGLE ON: The ARMY OF THE DEAD slowly DISSOLVE INTO DUST, and
are immediately swept away by the four winds.

ARAGORN turns to GANDALF who bows his head in HOMAGE ...




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PIPPIN, in his GONDORIAN armour, looks around at the
devastation ... his eyes full of SADNESS ... they suddenly
fix on something.

ANGLE ON: PIPPIN running through the RUIN of the BATTLE . . .
towards a SMALL FIGURE slumped on the ground ...

                          PIPPIN
             Merry ...?

MERRY stares unseeing at PIPPIN ... HORROR and SHOCK erasing
all other memories from MERRY'S mind ... tears fall down
PIPPIN'S FACE as he looks on his FRIEND . . .

                         PIPPIN (cont'd)
             Merry . . . it's me, it's Pippin . . .

                        MERRY
                  (groggy)
             I knew you'd find me.
                  (disorientated)
             Are you going to leave me?

                       PIPPIN
             No Merry, I'm going to look after you.

ANGLE ON: PIPPIN covers MERRY with a blanket . . .

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EXT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL - NIGHT

CAMERA RISES ... towards the dark ORC TOWER of CIRITH UNGOL.
A light glows from the TOPMOST WINDOW.

CAMERA reaches the TOWER, dissolving through the wall into...

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INT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/TOP ROOM - NIGHT

. . . a small cold ROOM. FRODO BAGGINS is UNCONSCIOUS on the
floor. His eyes suddenly flicker and he WAKES UP.


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TILT UP . . . to reveal the ORC and URUK-HAI, GORBAG and
SHAGRAT, arguing over FRODO'S BELONGINGS and CLOTHES! GORBAG
is snatching for the MITHRIL VEST.

                        SHAGRAT
             Hey! Hands off - that shiny shirt, that's
             mine.

                         GORBAG
             It's going to the Great Eye, along with
             everything else . . .

ANGLE ON . . . FRODO as he realizes that he has been STRIPPED
down to his UNDERWEAR. He clutches at his throat.

... The RING HAS GONE!

                        SHAGRAT
             I don't take orders from stinking Morgul
             rats!

GORBAG grabs for the MITHRIL VEST ...

                        GORBAG
                  (angry yell)
             You touch it, and I'll stick this blade in
             your guts!

ANGLE ON: GORBAG draws his SWORD, but SHAGRAT KICKS him
BACKWARDS with his foot! GORBAG FALLS THROUGH a TRAP DOOR
leading to the floor below!

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INT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/GUARD ROOM - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: GORBAG lands in the GUARD ROOM with a CRASH,
creating SUDDEN ALARM amongst the ORCS and URUK-HAI stationed
there.

SHAGRAT leans through the TRAP DOOR ...

                        SHAGRAT
                  (yelling)
             The scum tried to knife me! Kill him!
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SEVERAL URUK-HAI converge on GORBAG - he LASHES OUT, slashing
one across the throat with his SWORD!

The DEAD URUK-HAI topples backwards over the PARAPET . . .

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EXT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/COURTYARD - NIGHT

... landing on top of URUK-HAI and ORCS in the courtyard
below. Within moments, a brutal CIVIL WAR breaks out between
the TWO COMPANIES stationed in CIRITH UNGOL!

EXT. PASS OF CIRITH UNGOL - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: SAM hurries towards the gate, fearful for FRODO.

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EXT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/COURTYARD - NIGHT

SAM is confronted with the sight of over 50 SLAUGHTERED ORC
and URUK-HAI, strewn over the COURTYARD!

ANGLE ON: SAM pounds UP THE STAIRCASE . . . he suddenly PAUSES.
SEVERAL URUK-HAI are running DOWN TOWARDS HIM! He grips STING
and continues CHARGING UP - SCREAMING at the top of his
lungs!

ANGLE ON: The FOUR URUKS . . . they see a HUGE DISTORTED SHADOW
on the wall in front of them! They turn around and flee in
terror back to the top of the stairs!

SAM appears - and before the URUK-HAI can fully regain their
wits - he slays THREE ... YELLING:

                       SAM
                (yelling . . . 1st URUK-HAI) ·
                                                         ,
           That's for Frodo!
                (yelling ... 2nd URUK-HAI)
           And for the Shire!
                (yelling . . . 3rd URUK-HAI)
           And that's for my old Gaffer!
                                · · · ·
SAM runs into the TOWER . . .

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INT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/TOP ROOM - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: FRODO struggling against his bonds, as GORBAG
climbs back into the room ... with VENGEANCE in his EVIL
EYES.

                      GORBAG
           Stop your squeaking you dunghill rat!

CLOSE ON: GORBAG grabs FRODO'S hair and pulls his head back,
exposing his neck. He pulls out his SWORD, ready to cut
FRODO'S throat . . .

                      GORBAG (cont'd)
           I'm gonna bleed you like a stuck pig!

SUDDENLY! GORBAG GASPS as STING is rammed into his back by
SAM!

                      SAM
           Not if I stick you first!

GORBAG falls dead!

                      FRODO
                (joyous disbelief)
           Sam!!!

ANGLE ON: FRODO . . . humbled by SAM'S unswerving loyalty.

                       FRODO (cont'd)
           Oh, Sam . . . I'm so sorry . . . sorry for
           everything.

SAM quickly cuts FRODO free.

                      SAM
           Come on.

                      FRODO
                (despairing)
           It's too late. It's over . . . they've taken
           it. Sam - they took the Ring!!



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                         SAM
                  (quietly)
             Begging your pardon, but they haven't.

SAM pulls the RING from his pocket ...

                         SAM (cont'd)
             I thought I ' d lost you . . . so I took it -
             only for safe-keeping.

CLOSE ON: FRODO looks at SAM amazed . . . his eyes drop to the
RN ...
 IG

                        FRODO
             Give it to me.

SAM hesitates . . . . TENSION instantly builds between them.

                        FRODO (cont'd)
             Give me the Ring, Sam.

SAM seems strangely reluctant . . . ON THE SOUNDTRACK to HUM of
the RING builds

                        FRODO (cont'd)
             Sam! Give me the Ring.

CLOSE ON: SAM drops the RING into FRODO'S palm . . .

FRODO sags in RELIEF . . . he puts the RING back around his
nc . ..
 ek

                         FRODO (cont'd)
             You must understand . . . The Ring is my
             burden . . . it will destroy you, Sam.

FRODO looks at SAM, pain in his eyes ...

SAM looks down at FRODO ... his plain HOBBIT face full of
compassion. SAM'S resolve hardens, a new strength takes hold.




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                      SAM
           Come on, Mr Frodo, we'd best find you some
           clothes . . . you can't go walking through
           Mordor in naught but your skin.

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EXT. PASS OF CIRITH UN.GOL - NIGHT

FRODO and SAM are now dressed in FOUL-LOOKING ORC gear ...

ANGLE ON: FRODO and SAM turn east and walk over the SUMMIT of
CIRITH UNGOL ... into MORDOR.

CLOSE ON: FRODO and SAM . . . they STOP DEAD . . . STARING AHEAD:

ANGLE ON: MOUNT DOOM . . . 50 M,ILES AWAY - across the barren
GORGOROTH PLATEAU - the mountain is erupting streams of ASH
and LAVA high into the air, lighting the low cloud blanket of
MORDOR with a flickering ORANGE WASH.

With immense trepidation, FRODO and SAM head down the steep
path into the dark kingdom . . .

. . . TWO TINY FIGURES in a bleak, foreboding landscape. Before
them lies the PLAIN of GORGOROTH ... Their eyes are drawn to
the OMINOUS SILHOUETTE of MOUNT DOOM ...

                      SAM
           We did it, Mr Frodo. We made it to Mordor.

ANGLE ON: FRODO's eyes travel down towards the HUNDREDS of
FIRES which glow on the PLAINS beneath them ... thousands
upon thousands of ORCS are encamped there .

                      FRODO
           There are so many of them . . . So many.
           We'll never get through unseen.

THEIR eyes are drawn to a DARK LOOMING SHAPE ... BARAD-DUR
. . . A RED LIGHT seems to sweep across the PLAIN ...

                      FRODO (cont'd)
               (terror)
           It's him - the Eye.
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The GREAT EYE OF SAURON!

SAM cannot see what FRODO sees. GENTLY, he urges FRODO on.

                       SAM
             We have to go in there, Mr Frodo. There's
             nothing for it. Come on. Let's just make it
             down the hill for starters.

EXT. MINAS TIRITH, TOWER HALL - DAY

CLOSE ON: GANDALF stands in the TOWER HALL . . . seemingly
alone . . . he speaks quietly, doubt and fear edge his voice.

                        GANDALF
             Frodo has passed beyond my sight. The
             darkness is deepening.

He turns and crosses the HALL to reveal the presence of
GIMLI, LEGOLAS, EOMER and ARAGORN . . .

ARAGORN, his back to GANDALF . . .

                       ARAGORN
             If Sauron had the .Ring, we would know it.

CLOSE ON: GANDALF - still troubled, still worried . . .

                    GANDALF
          It's only a matter of time. He has suffered
          a defeat, yes, but behind the walls of
          Mordor our enemy is regrouping.

GIMLI sits insolently on the SEAT of the STEWARD . . .

                    GIMLI
          Let him stay there. Let him rot. Why should
          we care?

GANDALF looks across at the DWARF . . . His face ashen.

                    GANDALF
          Because ten thousand Ores now stand between
          Frodo and Mount Doom.
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                        GANDALF (cont'd)
                  (to himself)
             I have sent him to his death.

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN turns around suddenly . . .

                        ARAGORN
             No.

GANDALF looks up sharply at ARAGORN . . .

                       ARAGORN (cont'd)
             There is still hope for Frodo. He needs
             time and safe passage across the Plains of
             Gorgoroth. We can give him that.

                        GANDALF
             How?

                        ARAGORN
             Draw out Sauron' s armies - empty his lands.
             Then we gather our full strength and march
             on the Black Gate.

At this, GIMLI CHOKES on his pipe . . . EOMER steps forward.

                        EOMER
             We cannot achieve victory from strength of
             arms .

                        ARAGORN
             Not for ourselves . . . But we can give Frodo
             his chance if we keep Sauron' s eye fixed
             upon us. Keep him blind to all else that
             moves .

                         LEGOLAS
             A diversion . . .

CLOSE ON: GANDALF speaks in a low tone to ARAGORN . . .

                         GANDALF
                  (doubtful)
             Sauron will suspect a trap. He will not
             take the bait!



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                       GIMLI
            Certainty of death. Small chance of
            success. What are we waiting for?

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EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS - DUSK

CLOSE ON: ARAGORN wearing a BREAST PLATE emblazoned with the
WHITE TREE.

He rides at the head of a COLUMN of 500 FOOT SOLDIERS from
ROHAN and CONDOR ... leading them from the :RUINS of
OSGILIATH.

GANDALF, LEGOLAS, GIMLI, EOMER, MERRY and PIPPIN ride
directly behind him.

AHEAD OF THEM: The MOUNTAINS of MORDOR.

EXT. PLAINS OF GORGORTH - NIGHT

GREAT ARMIES of ORC and URUK-HAI stream across the PLAINS
from MORDOR . . .

EXT. ORC ROAD, MORDOR - NIGHT

WIDE SHOT: The VOLCANIC WASTELAND of the GORGOROTH FOOTHILLS.

FRODO and SAM, still disguised in the ORC ARMOUR, slide down
scree bank and land on the road below . . . their attention is
fixed on the PLAIN below ... thousands of ORCS can be seen
marching away from MT. DOOM . . .

                       SAM
            Look, the Ores! They're moving off. You
            see, Mr Frodo - some luck at last.

EXT. GORGOROTH PLAIN, MORDOR - DAWN

FRODO and SAM ... moving across a HELLISH dry landscape of
twisted volcanic rock and STEAMING FISSURES.




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40 MILES AWAY, MOUNT DOOM rises out of the PLAIN . . . its feet
founded in ashen ruin, its huge cone rising to a great
height, where its reeking head is swathed in cloud.

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ARAGORN'S FORCE of 500 approaches the great BLACK GATES OF
MORDOR. He positions his troops about half a mile from the
GATES.

EXT. GORGOROTH PLAIN, MORDOR - DAY

ANGLE ON: FRODO slumped against a ROCK . . . he tries to DRINK
from his WATER BOTTLE . . . but finds it EMPTY.

                        SAM
             Take mine . . . there's a few drops left.

FRODO gratefully takes a SMALL SIP from SAM'S BOTTLE . . .
hands it back.

                       FRODO
             There'll be none left for the return
             journey.

                       SAM
                 (softly)
             I don't think there will be a return
             journey, Mr Frodo.

A moment of EYE CONTACT between FRODO and SAM as they
acknowledge what lies ahead.

SAM offers FRODO his hand . . . and PULLS HIM UP.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

At the BLACK GATES, ARAGORN musters his MEN . . .

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EXT. PLAINS OF GORGOROTH - DAY

WIDE ON: FRODO and SAM staggering across the TORTURED
LANDSCAPE ... they are no longer WEARING the ORC ARMOUR.

CLOSE ON: FRODO is walking half-bowed, often stumbling . . . as
if his eyes not longer see the way before his feet.

His right HAND is pressed against his CHEST ... supporting a
HEAVY WEIGHT. His left HAND often rises, as if to ward off
some invisible blow. SAM watches him, CONCERN etched across
his FACE . . .

CLOSE ON: FRODO as a malevolent VOICE in his head calls to
him . . . "Baggins - Baggins" . . .

CLOSE ON: SAM looking behind him in time to see . . .

WIDE ON: A RAY of RED LIGHT stabs through the GLOOM and
begins to sweep over the BARREN LANDSCAPE . . .

                         SAM
           Fo o g td w
            rd , e on

SAM throws himself to the ground ... FRODO turns to the
light, unable to stop himself . . .

FRODO crumpling to the ground as the RED LIGHT hits him like
a SEARCHLIGHT.

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - NIGHT

All is QUIET . . . No sign of the ENEMY . . .

                       PIPPIN
                (wary)
           Where are they?

ANGLE ON: GANDALF . . . watchful . . . alert. He nods at ARAGORN.

WIDE: ARAGORN, GANDALF, LEGOLAS, GIMLI, EOMER, MERRY and
PIPPIN galloping towards the BLACK GATES. They pull up less
than 50 yards from the TOWERING GATES . . .

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EXT. PLAINS OF GORGOROTH - NIGHT

FRODO is slumped on the GROUND, unable to MOVE ...

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN moves his HORSE forward.

                    ARAGORN
          Let the lord of the Black Land come forth;
          let justice be done upon him.

From behind the HUGE GATES, the terrifying CHANTING and the
CLANGING of the ARMOUR of THOUSANDS ...

With the SOUND of TORTURED METAL, the MASSIVE GATES begin to
open . . . LEGOLAS, MERRY and EOMER look on in trepidation.

EXT. PLAINS OF GORGOROTH - NIGHT

With the EYE OF SAURON sweeping the PLAINS around them, SAM
gets to his feet ...

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - NIGHT

The BLACK GATES of MORDOR SWING OPEN! SAURON'S ARMY of
300,000 ORCS MARCH OUT!

                    ARAGORN
          Pull back! Pull back!

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN, GANDALF, LEGOLAS, GIMLI, EOMER, MERRY and
PIPPIN GALLOP back towards their SMALL ARMY as the ORC MASSES
slowly MARCH toward them.

Behind them, the EYE OF SAURON is directed toward THEM ...

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EXT. PLAINS OF GORGOROTH - NIGHT

FRODO'S eyes open with a START ...

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                        SAM
             It's gone, Mr Frodo.

ANGLE ON: SAM crawls toward FRODO . . .

                        SAM (cont'd)
             The light's passed on, away towards the
             North . . . something's drawn it's gaze.

FRODO and SAM stagger to their feet and move off.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ANGLE ON: The MASSIVE ORC ARMY marching towards ARAGORN'S
MEN.

ANGLES ON: ARAGORN'S MEN . . . starting to WAVER as the ORCS
ENCIRCLE THEM. SOME MEN are backing away ... losing their
nerve.

ARAGORN GALLOPS in front of his ARMY . . .

                        ARAGORN
             Hold your ground - hold your ground! Sons
             of Gondor - of Rohan . . . my brothers!

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN . . . he seems to fix each and everyone of
his MEN with his eyes.

                       ARAGORN (cont'd)
             I see in your eyes the same fear that would
             take the heart of me. The day may come when
             the courage of Men fails; when we forsake
             our friends and break all bonds of
             fellowship; but it is not this day - an
             hour of wolves and shattered shields, when
             the Age of Man comes crashing down - but it
             is not this day!!! This day we fight! By
             all that you hold dear on this good earth -
             I bid you stand!

ARAGORN holds ANDURIL ALOFT!


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                        ARAGORN (cont'd)
             Men of the West!

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EXT. MOUNT DOOM - NIGHT

FRODO and SAM are CLIMBING the face of MOUNT DOOM ...

The LANDSCAPE is VIOLENT ... RED HEAT hisses out of FISSURES,
the ROCK is JAGGED ... RAZOR SHARP ... ASH blankets the LAND.

RED LIGHTNING FORKS across the SKY with a DEAFENING CRACK!.

CLOSE ON: FRODO and SAM'S FEET dragging across the ASH . . .
Their PARCHED LIPS . . . SWEATING, DUSTY FACES.

FRODO TRIPS ... falls FACE-FIRST into the DUST ... SAM drops
beside him.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

HIGH WIDE: Of ARAGORN'S ARMY, totally SURROUNDED by 300,000
ORCS . . . poised for the order to ATTACK!

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EXT. MT DOOM - NIGHT

FRODO slowly lifts his head and looks up . . .

FRODO'S POV: Looking .straight up the STEEP SLOPES of MOUNT
DOOM! . . . a huge mass of ash and slag and burned stone!

FRODO starts to CRAWL on his HANDS and KNEES! He hauls
himself a FEW PITIFUL FEET before SLUMPING in the ASH.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: GIMLI as he surveys the ARMY of MORDOR . . .

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                        GIMLI
             Never thought I ' d die fighting side by side
             with an Elf.

                        LEGOLAS
                  (quietly)
             What about side by side with a friend?

GIMLI looks up into the EYES of LEGOLAS, with whom he has
shared so much. The GRUFF DWARF smiles quietly . . . .

                        GIMLI
             Aye - I could do that.

LEGOLAS drops his hand on GIMLI'S shoulder . . . SLOWLY they
turn and FACE the ENEMY TOGETHER.

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EXT. GORGOROTH PLAIN, MORDOR - NIGHT

CLOSE ON: SAM crawls to FRODO who lies SLUMPED against the
rock-face . . . he turns him over, holding him in his ARMS.

                         SAM
                  (softly)
             Do you remember the Shire, Mr Frodo?
             . . . It'll be spring soon, and the orchards
             will be in blossom; and the birds will be
             nesting in the hazel thicket; and they'11
             be sowing the summer barley in the lower
             fields; and eating the first of the
             strawberries with cream.
                  (looking down at FRODO)
             Do you remember the taste of strawberries?

CLOSE ON: FRODO shuts his eyes, his breath coming in GASPS.

                        FRODO
                  (weak whisper)
             No, Sam. I can't recall the taste of food;
             nor the sound of water; nor the touch of
             grass . . . I'm naked in the dark.
                  (rising panic)
             There's no veil between me and the wheel of
             fire. I can see it with my waking eyes.
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CLOSE ON: SAM looks at FRODO with GRIM DETERMINATION.

                       SAM
             Then let us be rid of it - once and for
             all! Come on, Mr Frodo. I can't carry it
             for you ... but I can carry you! Come on!

With that, SAM lifts FRODO on to his shoulders and starts to
CLIMB MOUNT DOOM! His plain hobbit-face grows stern, almost
grim, as the will hardens in him.

WIDE ON: TWO TINY HOBBITS on the ENDLESS shale SLOPES of the
MOUNTAIN ...

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN and COMPANY watch as they are surrounded by
a tide of ORCS . . .

ARAGORN raises ANDURIL in the BROAD SWEEP as he walks forward
. . . he turns to FACE the OTHERS . . .

CLOSE ON: QUIET RESOLVE written on ARAGORN's face as he looks
into the EYES of the remaining members of the FELLOWSHIP ...

                          ARAGORN
                   (softly)
             For Frodo . . .

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN turning, SWORD-raised, he CHARGES FORWARD!

There is a moment of SILENCE . . . no-one else moves . . .
SUDDENLY a SHOUT goes up!

ANGLE ON: PIPPIN and MERRY charging forward . . . The rest of
the MEN following ...

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN crashing head on into a line of ORCS . . .

ANGLE ON: The blade of ANDURIL flashing as ARAGORN HACKS at
ORCS!

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EXT. SLOPES OF MOUNT DOOM - DAY

WIDE: Like a small grey insect, SAM creeps up the slope with
FRODO on his back . . . foot by foot.

The mantling CLOUD swirls, revealing the cruel pinnacles and
iron crown of BARAD-DUR, the Dark Tower, in the distance.

CLOSE ON: SAM staggering under FRODO'S weight . . . STRONG ash-
laden WINDS are buffeting him as he slowly CLIMBS MOUNT DOOM.

The PLAIN of GORGOROTH lies 1000 FEET BELOW, wrapped in fume
and shadow.

A TREMOR ripples through the GROUND . . . a RED FLAME explodes
into the SKY . . .

ANGLE ON: SAM looks up - fearful the MOUNTAIN could explode
at any moment!

SAM POV: Through the THICK, FUME-LADEN AIR a set of STAIRS
can be made out . . .

                      SAM
                (growing excitement)
           Look, Mr Frodo! We're almost there! -.-.

SAM can't believe it - relief and joy flood through him . . .

                     GOLLUM
          Clever Hobbits to climb so high!

SMACK!. OUT OF NOWHERE the figure of SMEAGOL crashes into them
sending SAM and FRODO sprawling.

ANGLE ON: SMEAGOL pounces on FRODO . . . his fingers wrapping
around his throat, snapping FRODO'S neck from side to side!

ANGLE ON: FRODO as he struggles to unlock the BONY, WHITE
FINGERS around his neck but SMEAGOL'S grip is too strong.

CLOSE ON: SMEAGOL'S fingers tightening around FRODO'S neck -
squeezing the life out of him . . .

WHACK! A ROCK connects with the SIDE of SMEAGOL'S head . . .
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ANGLE ON: SAM jumps on a STUNNED SMEAGOL . . .

ANGLE ON: FRODO comes to . . .

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

The BATTLE between MEN and ORCS rages on . . . From MORDOR,
high OVERHEAD, the NAZGUL fly out into the FRAY ...

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EXT. SLOPES OF MOUNT DOOM - DAY

All the old HATRED between SAM and SMEAGOL boils over as they
FIGHT . . . SAM falls back . . . SMEAGOL BITING at his SHOULDER!
SAM pushes SMEAGOL away with his feet . . . rolls to his KNEES,
as SMEAGOL charges at him . . .

SAM slashes out with STING! He cuts SMEAGOL across the
stomach! SMEAGOL staggers back, SCREAMING with PAIN . . .

SAM looks around desperately for FRODO ...

                        SAM
                  (yelling desperately)
             Frodo!

FRODO has GONE!

ANGLE ON: FRODO RUNNING UP THE MOUNTAIN!

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

FELLOWSHIP fight BRAVELY . . . a hideous screech rends the AIR!

ANGLE ON: GANDALF looks up to a NAZGUL diving straight toward
him!

CLOSE ON: GANDALF eyes flicker as a small MOTH flutters
across his line of sight.

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ANGLE ON: THE FELL BEAST - JAWS OPEN, TALONS EXTENDED!

Another cry rends the air as . . .

SMACK! The GIANT EAGLE, GWAHIR, SMASHES into the FELLBEAST,
it's claws ripping into the HIDEOUS MONSTER'S NECK!

ANGLE ON: PIPPIN in the midst of BATTLE looks up.

                          PIPPIN
                   (disbelieving)
             Eagles . . .

Above the BATTLE attack formation, more EAGLES appear . . .

                     . . . PIPPIN (cont'd)
             The Eagles are coming! The Eagles are coming!

The EAGLES engage the NAZGUL!

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EXT. DOOR OF SAMMATH NAUR, MOUNT DOOM - DAY

ANGLE ON: SAM is GASPING, his lungs EXPLODING as he RACES up
the SLOPES of MOUNT DOOM searching for FRODO.

ANGLE ON: SAM arriving at the STONE DOORWAY of SAMMATH NAUR
. . . leading into the MOUNTAIN!

SAM staggers into it!

INT. THE CRACK OF DOOM TUNNEL - DAY

ANGLE ON: SAM flinches against the FIERCE HEAT blasting down
the TUNNEL.

                         SAM
                  (yelling)
             Frodo!

SAM lurches forward ... towards an ORANGE GLOW deep in the
HEART of the MOUNTAIN.

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INT. CRACK OF DOOM - DAY

The HEAT is almost UNBEARABLE ... SAM sees FRODO in the
DISTANCE ...

                       FRODO
            I'm here, Sam.

ANGLE ON: FRODO is standing on the EDGE of the CRACK OF DOOM
. . . a deep LAVA FILLED CHASM, in the very heart of ancient
SAURON'S FORGES, the greatest in Middle-earth.

The RAGING ORANGE GLARE from the CHASM turns FRODO into a
BLACK SILHOUETTE . . . standing TENSE and STILL.

FRODO holds the RING in his HAND . . . he RAISES IT, holding
it over the BUBBLING LAVA far below.-

                       SAM
                 (yelling)
            Destroy it - go on! Throw it in the fire!

CLOSE ON: FRODO . . . a STRANGE EXPRESSION on his face . . .

                       SAM (cont'd)
            What are you waiting for? Just let it go!

ON THE SOUNDTRACK: The HUM of the RING grows louder and
louder! FRODO PULLS the RING close to his body as he turns to
SAM.

FRODO looks at SAM, the RING has finally taken him.

                       FRODO
            The Ring is mine.

SAM SCREAMS as . . .

... FRODO PUTS THE RING ON! He VANISHES!

                       SAM
            No!  :

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

With a storm of wings, the NAZGUL wheel around and hurtle
towards MOUNT DOOM!

In the midst of the BATTLE - GANDALF ... realising FRODO has
been seen . . .

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INT. CRACK OF DOOM - DAY

CLOSE ON: SAM is SCREAMING for FRODO . . .

ANGLE ON: FOOTPRINTS moving across the ASH COVERED CAVERN
FLOOR!

SUDDENLY! GOLLUM smashes a ROCK down on SAM'S HEAD, knocking
him to the GROUND!

GOLLUM LEAPS on to the INVISIBLE FRODO!

CLOSE ON: FRODO'S FOOTPRINTS . . . staggering about under
GOLLUM'S WEIGHT!

ANGLE ON: GOLLUM clawing FRANTICALLY, riding on the BACK of
the INVISIBLE FRODO . . .

                                                     INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ARAGORN turns and is confronted by an ARMOURED TROLL,
wielding an ENORMOUS MALLET . . .

                                                     INTERCUT WITH:

INT. CRACK OF DOOM

GOLLUM suddenly LIFTS HIS HANDS to his face ... and BITES
HARD!

ANGLE ON: FRODO MATERIALIZES as he DROPS TO HIS KNEES,
clutching his BLEEDING HAND . . . he SCREAMS.

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The FIRES below roar in anger, RED LIGHT blazes, and all the
cavern is filled with a great glare and heat.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ANGLE ON: LEGOLAS as ARAGORN falls to the GROUND . . .

                                                   INTERCUT WITH:

INT. CRACK OF DOOM - DAY

CLOSE ON: GOLLUM triumphantly HOLDS the RING ALOFT . . .
ECSTATIC!

CLOSE ON: GOLLUM dancing GLEEFULLY . . . PERILOUSLY close to
the EDGE OF THE CHASM!

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ARAGORN turns to see HUGE TROLL FEET moving CLOSER ...
LEGOLAS races toward him ...

INT. CRACK OF DOOM

GOLLUM still TRIUMPHANT . . . on the edge of the PRECIPICE ...
The FIERY LAVA casting an EVIL LIGHT . . . He jumps about in
DELIGHT . . .

                       GOLLUM
             Precious! Precious!

ANGLE ON: FRODO rises slowly . . . his EYES lock on GOLLUM . . .
time seems to stand still as each regards the other ...

CLOSE ON: the RING glinting in GOLLUM'S HAND . . . BEAUTIFUL
... POWERFUL ... EVIL . . .

SUDDENLY! FRODO lunges at GOLLUM ...

FRODO thuds into GOLLUM, lifting him off his feet . . .

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ANGLE ON: FRODO and GOLLUM locked in STRUGGLE plummet over
the EDGE OF THE CHASM.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

THUD! The HUGE FOOT of the CAVE TROLL lands on ARAGORN'S
chest. He STABS at. it ineffectually . . .

ANGLE ON: GANDALF in despair ...

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INT. CRACK OF DOOM

SAM watches in HORROR as FRODO and GOLLUM ... disappear into
the CHASM! He staggers over . . .

SLOW MOTION: GOLLUM falls into the CRACK OF DOOM . . .
INSTANTLY engulfed in the CHURNING LAVA!

ANGLE ON: SAM leans into the CRACK OF DOOM . . .

ANGLE ON: FRODO clinging onto the ROCK FACE with his ONE GOOD
HAND!

The CAVERNS are SHAKING VIOLENTLY.

SAM desperately reaches for him . . . FRODO is too far down.

                        SAM
             Give me your hand.

CLOSE ON: FRODO looks at SAM, his face impassive.

                        SAM (cont'd)
             Take my hand!

FRODO struggles to reach SAM . . . he.can't reach WITH HIS
BLEEDING hand, and falls'back, still clinging valiantly to
the ROCK with his good hand . . .

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                       SAM (cont'd)
             No!

ANGLE ON: FRODO looks at SAM imploringly . . .

                        SAM (cont'd)
             Don't you let go! Don't let go.
                  (desperate)
             Reach!!!

ANGLE ON: FRODO reaches up once more and this time SAM GRASPS
his hand TIGHTLY .

CLOSE ON: The RING sits on the river of LAVA for a brief
moment, then SINKS away . . .

ANGLE ON: the EYE OF SAURON . . .

WIDE ON: Across the GREAT PLAINS - MOUNT DOOM is clearly
IMPLODING ...

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

On the BATTLEFIELD, all eyes turn to MOUNT DOOM ...

ANGLE ON: The CAVE TROLL, with ARAGORN at his mercy, is
distracted by the SOUNDS emanating from MORDOR . . . he turns
in TERROR and RUNS OFF . . .

EXT. BARAD-DUR - DAY

ANGLE ON: The FELLOWSHIP turn to watch as the MASSIVE DARK
TOWER of SAURON shakes itself to pieces!

TOWERS FALL and WALLS CRUMBLE; vast spires of SMOKE and
spouting STEAM billow up!

The FOUNDATIONS explode apart ...

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

The BLACK GATES collapse in a huge cloud of ASH!

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THE ORCS are FLEEING in all DIRECTIONS . . . As the very
foundations of MORDOR collapse!

THE COMPANY watch as MOUNT DOOM explodes ... the reason for
their MISERY is clear . . . it's plain FRODO and SAM can never
survive the cataclysm ...

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EXT. SLOPES OF MOUNT DOOM - DAY

The VOLCANO is ERUPTING, FIRE belches from it's riven summit,
sending LAVA streaming down it's sides..

ANGLE ON: FRODO and SAM stagger out of the SAMMATH NAUR DOOR
. . . all around ASH and MOLTEN ROCKS fall. The SKIES burst
into THUNDER, seared with LIGHTNING.

The screaming NAZGUL fall from the sky in FLAMES!

The ground is shaking so violently that FRODO and SAM can
barely stand.

FRODO stumbles . . . SAM helps him up . . . FRODO smiles.

                         FRODO . ..
             It's gone . . . it's done.

SAM looks down at FRODO ... FRODO'S FACE is at PEACE ... his
BURDEN destroyed . . .

                        SAM
             Yes, Mr. Frodo ... it's over now.

FRODO and SAM crawl onto a ROCK as LAVA streams towards them
. . . in seconds THEIR ROCK is an island in a sea of MOLTEN
FIRE. ,'
                                                           .

FRODO shuts his eyes . . .

                        FRODO
                  (remembering)
             I can see the Shire ... The Brandywine
             River, Bag End, Gandalf's fireworks . . . the
             lights in the Party Tree . . .
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                          SAM
             Rosie Cotton dancing ... she had ribbons in
             her hair . . .
                   (sobs)
             . . . if ever I was to marry someone . . . it
             would have been her . . . it would have been
             her.

FRODO glances at SAM . . . he is WEEPING.

CLOSE ON: FRODO wrapping an ARM around SAM'S SHOULDER.

                        FRODO
                  (calm)
             I'm glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee . . .
             here at the end of all things.

HIGH WIDE: TWO TINY HOBBITS waiting to die amid a cataclysmic
landscape . . . LAVA erupts around them ... FIREBALLS rain down
from the sky.

We SLOWLY FADE TO BLACK ...

FADE UP:

SLOW MOTION: GWAIHIR, the GREAT EAGLE flaps towards CAMERA
. . . He bears GANDALF on his back, and is followed by TWO MORE
EAGLES.

WIDE SHOT . . . The EAGLES bravely fly amid the RAINING ASH and
MOLTEN ROCKS ... and SNATCH FRODO and SAM from the ROCK!

CLOSE ON: FRODO'S FACE . . . as the FIERY VOLCANO recedes away
beneath him . . . the wind ruffles his hair . . . he PASSES OUT.

FADE TO BLACK.

INT. MINAS TIRITH, HOUSES OF HEALING - DAY

SLOW MOTION ... FRODO'S eyes flutter open ... looking around
slowly his eyes alight on GANDALF ...

                        FRODO
             Gandalf?


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GANDALF'S face breaks into a smile ... then laughter ...

. . . as MERRY and PIPPIN run in . . . jumping on the bed and
hugging FRODO . . .

GIMLI and LEGOLAS enter the room . . . their joy is PLAIN . . .

ARAGORN joins them - the FELLOWSHIP is complete . . .

. . . finally FRODO'S eyes fall upon a FIGURE standing apart
from the others . . . it is SAM ...

CLOSE ON: FRODO'S and SAM'S eyes meet . . .

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EXT. MINAS TIRITH, COURT OF THE KINGS - DAY

ANGLE ON: SWEEPING over the MINAS TIRITH WALLS, racing
towards the TOP of the CITY ... through a BLIZZARD of WHITE
FLOWER PETALS! MINAS TIRITH is restored . . . it gleams WHITE
in the BRIGHT SUN.

SOARING UP: to REVEAL the COURT OF THE KINGS, CROWDED with
4000 PEOPLE . . . cramming the WIDE PATH leading to the TOWER
HALL!  ;

CLOSE ON: The CROWN of CONDOR glints in the BRILLIANT
SUNSHINE . . .

GANDALF places the CROWN upon ARAGORN'S head.

                        GANDALF
             Now come the days of the King ...

ARAGORN smiles up at GANDALF . . .

                        GANDALF (cont'd)  :
                  (softly to Aragorn)
             May they be blessed.

ARAGORN slowly RISES, turning to face the CROWD, who CHEER
and CLAP for their KING . . .



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                       ARAGORN
             This day does not belong to one man but to
             all. Let us together rebuild this world
             that we may share in the days of peace.

The CHEERS of his PEOPLE are DEAFENING ...

ARAGORN sings for his people ... Then WALKS in SLOW
PROCESSION down the WHITE PAVED PATH as the CROWD BOW their
heads in respect to their NEW KING ...

ARAGORN passes EOWYN and FARAMIR who bow before him ... EOMER
steps FORWARD to bow in respect ...

TRUMPETS SOUND as a PROCESSION of ELVES, dressed in
shimmering SILVERS and WHITES, led by LEGOLAS approach the
KING ... LEGOLAS gestures behind him . . .

CLOSE ON: ARAGORN'S eyes scan amongst the ELVES

ANGLE ON: A BANNER carried aloft bearing the WHITE TREE of
CONDOR in FULL FLOWER . . . the RANKS of ELVES part revealing:

ARWEN, eyes shining ... MORTAL now, but deeply in love ...
carrying the STANDARD of CONDOR ... ARAGORN kisses her

ELROND looks on . . . his face breaks into a smile.

ARAGORN and ARWEN embrace.

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN and ARWEN walking through the CROWD towards
four SMALL FIGURES who stand nervously at the end of the
AVENUE . . .

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN and ARWEN look on FRODO, SAM, MERRY and
PIPPIN, as they stand before them . . .

The FOUR HOBBITS, dressed in their OLD CLOTHES, clean and
mended, bow their heads ...

ARAGORN raises his HAND.

                        ARAGORN (cont'd)
             My friends ... you bow to no-one.


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ANGLE ON: ARAGORN drops on ONE KNEE, kneeling before THE
HOBBITS, his head bowed ... followed by all assembled there.

CLOSE ON: TEARS spring into FRODO'S EYES. He clutches SAM'S
shoulder as 4000 PEOPLE pay homage to the courage of two
little Hobbits from the Shire.

CAMERA RISES INTO THE AIR ... away from the CROWDED CITADEL,
until MINAS TIRITH becomes a SPECK in the LANDSCAPE ...

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EXT. MIDDLE EARTH MAP - DAY

DISSOLVING into the PARCHMENT MAP of MIDDLE-EARTH ... Slowly
drifting across the MAP towards the WEST ...

                      FRODO V/0
           And thus it was a Fourth Age of Middle-
           earth began, and the Fellowship of the
           Ring, though eternally bound by friendship
           and love, was ended.
           Thirteen months to the day since Gandalf ,.
           sent us on our long journey . . .

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EXT. HOBBITON - DUSK

                      FRODO V/0
           . . . we found ourselves looking upon a
           familiar sight . . . We were home!

MATCHING MOVE: Revealing HOBBITON bathed in a WARM SUNSET ...
As FRODO, SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN ride into SHOT on PONIES ...
past ODO PROUDFOOT who shakes his head at the STRANGENESS of
their appearance.

INT. THE GREEN DRAGON INN - NIGHT

FRODO brings a round of drinks to the TABLE.



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Nearby a HUGE FUSS is being made of a LARGE PUMPKIN which has
been brought in to be shown off.

ANGLE ON: The FOUR FRIENDS look at each other. A WORLD of
experience now separates from their fellow HOBBITS.

Seated at a long table, the FOUR FRIENDS raise their glasses
. . . SAM eye is suddenly caught!

ANGLE ON: ROSIE COTTON who is serving behind the BAR . . .

SAM steels himself and leaves to go and TALK to ROSIE ...

FRODO, MERRY and PIPPIN exchange smiles as . . .

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EXT. HOBBITON - DAY

On a BEAUTIFUL sunny day, SAM and ROSIE are MARRIED ... With
their dearest FRIENDS gathered around them . . .

ROSIE throws a beautiful bouquet of FLOWERS . . . it's caught
by PIPPIN who smiles in embarrassment ...

                                                   DISSOLVE TO:

INT. BAG END - DAY

FRODO walks through BAG END to his STUDY ...

                      FRODO V/0
          How do you pick up the threads of an old
          life? How do you go on, when in your heart
          you begin to understand. There is no going
          back. There are some things that time
          cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep.
          That have taken hold.

ANGLE ON: FRODO . . . from behind. He is HUNCHED over a DESK...

PUSH IN . . . to reveal BILBO'S RED BOOK open on FRODO'S DESK.
He is WRITING in the LAST CHAPTERS ...
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in careful neat HANDWRITING. FRODO turns back the pages,
REVEALING: There and Back Again - A Hobbit's Tale, by Bilbo
Baggins. He writes below it as SAM GAMGEE calls out from the
door:

                      SAM O.S
          Mr Frodo?

CLOSE ON: FRODO WINCES with a sharp GASP of PAIN . . . He puts ·
the PEN down and CLUTCHES at his SHOULDER . . .

SAM has entered the ROOM and stands BEHIND FRODO ...

                     SAM .
               (concerned) -
          What is it? -

CLOSE ON: FRODO . . . He is DRAWN and PALE.

                     FRODO
          It's been four years to the day since
          Weathertop, Sam. It's never really healed.

CLOSE ON: SAM . . . at a loss for words. His EYES fall to the
BOOK. .....'·

                      SAM , "
               (reading)
          "There and Back Again . . . A Hobbit's Tale,
          by Bilbo Baggins".

TILT DOWN: to FRODO'S HANDWRITING:

                      SAM (cont'd)
               (reading)
          " . . . And The Lord of the Rings, by Frodo
          Baggins".
               (delighted)  :
          You've finished it! -

                     FRODO
               (closing the book)
          Not quite . . . There's room for a little
          more.

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EXT. HOBBITON FIELDS - EARLY MORNING

LYRICAL MUSIC OVER ...

A COLD WINTER'S MORNING ... Out of the FOG rattles a SMALL
COVERED WAGON; GANDALF is at the REINS.

ANGLE ON: FRODO, SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN are waiting on PONIES
for the WAGON . . . all are wearing their GREY ELVEN ROBES.

                      FRODO V/0
           Bilbo once told me, the great stories never
           end - that each of us must come and go in
           the telling. His part in this tale was now
           over. There would be no more journeys for
           Bilbo. Save one.

CLOSE ON: GANDALF arrives in his CART . . .

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. WEST FARTHING - DAY

WIDE ON: The WAGON trundles along at a SEDATE PACE.

SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN ride behind, leading FRODO'S EMPTY
PONY.

                       BILBO O.S.
                (frail)
           Tell me again, lad. Where are we going?

                      FRODO O.S.
           To the harbour, Bilbo. The Elves have
           accorded you a special honour. A place on
           the last ship to leave Middle-earth.

INT. WAGON - DAY

CLOSE ON: FRODO is SITTING in the WAGON . . . his ARM around
his UNCLE BILBO.

BILBO is extremely OLD and FRAIL. He is DOZING . . . his head
slumped.


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BILBO'S eyes flutter OPEN . . . with effort he raises his head


                        BILBO
                  (frail)
             Frodo ... Any chance of seeing that old
             ring of mine ... the one I gave you?

                        FRODO
                  (quietly)
             Sorry, Uncle . . . I'm afraid, I lost it.

                        BILBO
                  (frail)
             Oh . . . pity. I should like to have held it
             one last time. ·

BILBO nods back to sleep ... FRODO rests his head against
him.

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EXT. THE GREY HAVENS - DUSK

ANGLE ON: FRODO, walking arm-in-arm with BILBO through a
beautiful ELVEN BOAT-HOUSE ... GANDALF follows with MERRY,
PIPPIN and SAM.

CLOSE ON: As BILBO looks up, he is STUNG by the BEAUTY before
hm . . .
 i

                        BILBO
             Oh! Well, here's a sight I have never·seen
             before.

TRACKING: Passing under a beautiful ELVEN ARCHWAY . . .

. . . to reveal a WHITE SHIP, ready to depart from a WHITE
STONE DOCK.

ANGLE ON: ELROND, CELEBORN and GALADRIEL are waiting for
them.

The SETTING SUN slowly dropping behind the SEA ... visible
between the HEADLANDS of a beautiful INLET.
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The lighting is beautiful . . . S U N streams through the sails,
casting an ethereal glow on THE GROUP as they walk onto the
DOCK.

BILBO bows in acknowledgement to ELROND, CELEBORN and
GALADRIEL, who return his GREETING.

                       GALADRIEL
             The power of the Three Rings is ended. The
             time has come for the Dominion of Men.

                        ELROND
                  (ELVISH: with subtitles)
             I Aear can ven na mar.

             T he Sea calls us ho me.


ELROND holds out his ARMS to BILBO who suddenly seems MUCH
YOUNGER and SPRIGHTLIER . . . He sets off down the PATH TOWARD
his HOSTS . . .

                        BILBO
             I think I'm quite ready for another
             adventure.

BILBO walks down toward the BOAT and BOARDS with ELROND . . .

ANGLE ON: FRODO looks up . . . GALADRIEL is watching him. She
SMILES, TURNS and BOARDS the BOAT . . .

GANDALF kneels before SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN - who are all
looking TEARFUL.

                       GANDALF
             Farewell, my brave Hobbits. My work is now
             finished. Here at last, on the shores of
             the sea, comes the end of our Fellowship.

There is GREAT SADNESS . . . MERRY SNIFFLES LOUDLY.

                        GANDALF (cont'd)
             I will not say: "do not weep", for not all
             tears are an evil.


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CLOSE ON: GANDALF turns and walks away . . . FRODO is DOWNCAST
... SUDDENLY, GANDALF turns and looks toward him.

                      GANDALF (cont'd)
           It is time, Frodo.

ANGLE ON: GANDALF looks at FRODO then turns and slowly walks
towards the GANGPLANK to board the SHIP.

                      SAM
                (alarmed)
           What does he mean?

CLOSE ON: FRODO turns to SAM. . . .

                       FRODO
                (gently)
           We set out to save the Shire, and it has
           been saved ... but not for me . . .

                       SAM
                (shaken)
           You don't mean that - you can't leave.

ANGLE ON: SAM looks down . . . FRODO is holding BILBO'S RED
JOURNAL out towards him.

                      FRODO
           The last pages are for you, Sam.

SAM is SOBBING . . . MERRY and PIPPIN are DISTRAUGHT . . . .

FRODO hugs MERRY and PIPPIN, and last of all SAM . . . and
climbs on board the SHIP.

ANGLE ON: FRODO a look of WONDERMENT crosses his face . . . as
he STEPS FORWARD and ACCEPTS GANDALF'S HAND . . . finally
released from his pain, care falls from his face . . . he is
the young FRODO we first met so long ago.

SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN comfort each other as the WHITE SHIP
glides away from the DOCK ...

WIDE ON: The WHITE BOAT sails away towards the HEADLANDS,
disappearing into the GOLDEN LIGHT of the SETTING SUN.
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ANGLE ON: SAM in growing darkness, still follows the
departing SHIP with his eyes, MERRY and PIPPIN are already
preparing to leave.

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EXT. NO.3 BAGSHOT ROW - MORNING

ANGLE ON: SAM walks up the path towards his house . . .

A LITTLE GIRL toddles up to greet him.

                       SAM
            Elanor!

He hugs his daughter . . .

                       FRODO V/0
            My dear Sam. You cannot always be torn in
            two. You have to be one and whole for many
            years. You have so much enjoy and to be and
            to do. Because Sam, your part in the
            journey goes on.

ANGLE ON: ROSIE COTTON steps up and kisses SAM on the cheek
. . . she gives him a TINY BABY BOY to cradle.

                       SAM
            Hello, little Frodo!

ANGLE ON: SAM with his FAMILY . . . he draws a deep breath:

                      SAM (cont'd)
           Well ... I'm back.

SAM looks at his LOVELY FAMILY with GREAT HAPPINESS, tinged
with a little SADNESS . . .

SAM and ROSIE take the CHILDREN'S HANDS and enter BAGSHOT . . .
the BRIGHT YELLOW DOORWAY closes behind them.

                                                   FADE TO BLACK.

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                        THE END.

Screenplay by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson