User:Amroth/Screenplays/Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring/A Journey in the Dark
INT. MORIA GATE -- NIGHT
A faint light rises from Gandalf's staff, throwing a Creepy
Glow across the old wizards face.
We now have but one choice...we must face
the long dark of Moria. Be on your
guard...there are older and fouler things
than the Orcs in the deep places of the
INT. NEW CHAMBER, MORIA -- NIGHT
WIDE ON: the Fellowship crossing a precarious bridge above
deep mine workings.
Quietly, now. It's a four day journey to
the other side. Let us hope that our
presence will go unnoticed.
INT. MORIA CEMETERY CAVERN -- NIGHT
They continue up a steep stair, passing through a dwarf
cemetery. The graves are despoiled...dwarf skeletons are
strewn about and Goblin Graffiti is scrawled on monuments in
dried Dwarf blood. The Atmosphere is very sinister.
INT. MORIA TUNNEL FORK -- NIGHT
The path splits into three passages...each disappearing into
dark tunnels. Gandalf pauses, frowning.
I have no memory of this place.
LATER... The Fellowship are nervously waiting...while Gandalf
sits, staring intently at the 3 tunnel mouths in front of
him. He appears to be in some kind of trance.
CLOSE ON: FRODO
He turns at the sound of a faint noise down the tunnel behind
Are we lost?
No. I don't think we are. Shhhh,
Frodo's POV: a sudden glimpse of a creature darting in the
darkness. Frodo is nervous...he approaches Gandalf.
There's something down there.
He's been following us for three days.
TEASING SHOT: and emaciated, leering creature.
He escaped the dungeons of Barad- dur?
Escaped...or was set loose. And now the
Ring has drawn him here...he will never
be rid of his need for it. He hates and
loves the ring, as he hates and loves
himself. Smeagol's life is a sad story.
Gandalf catches Frodo's look of surprise.
Yes...Smeagol he was once called...Before
the ring came to him, before it drove him
Gollum's withered fingers are gripping the cave wall...he is
large, Luminous eyes blinking with malice.
It's a pity Bilbo didn't kill him when he
had the chance.
Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's
hand. Many that live deserve death, and
some that die deserve life. Can you give
it to them, Frodo? Frodo frowns.
Do not be too eager to deal out death in
judgment...even the very wise cannot see
all ends. My heart tells me that Gollum
has some part to play yet, for good or
ill, before this is over. The pity of
Bilbo may rule the fate of many.
I wish the ring had never come to me...I
wish none of this had happened.
So do all who live to see such times, but
that is not for them to decide. All we
have to decide is what to do with the
time that is given to us. There is a note
of finality in Gandalf's voice.
There are other forces at work in this
world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.
Bilbo was meant to find the ring. In
which case, you also were meant to have
it...and that is an encouraging thought,
Ah! That it's that way! Gandalf points
at the right hand tunnel...the Fellowship
scramble to their feet.
No, but the air doesn't smell so foul
down there. If in doubt, Meriadoc,
always follow your nose!
INT. DWAROWDELF CHAMBER, MORIA -- DAY
The Fellowship pass under an arched doorway into a black and
empty space. Gandalf pauses...
Let me risk a little more light. Gandalf
taps his staff...for a brief moment a
blazes... like a silent Flash of Lightning. Great shadows
spring up and flee...
Behold! The great realm and Dwarf city
of Dwarrowdelf! Frodo gasps at the brief
sight of a vast roof, far above
their heads, upheld by many mighty pillars hewn of stone.
Before them stretches a huge empty hall, with black walls,
polished and smooth as glass.
Well, there's an eye opener and no
Ahead of them, a wooden door has been smashed. Black arrows
are embedded in the timbers. Two goblin skeletons lie in the
doorway. Gimli rushes ahead...