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17. Gothmog: The Age of Men is over. The Time of the Orc has come.
18. Faramir: Mithrandir! They broke through our defenses! They've taken the
bridge and the west bank. Battalions of Orcs are crossing the river.
Irolas: It is as the Lord Denethor predicted. Long has he forseen this doom.
Gandalf: Forseen and done nothing!
Gandalf: Faramir? This is not the first halfing to have crossed your path.
Pippin: You've seen Frodo and Sam?
Gandalf: Where? When?
Faramir: In Ithilien. Not two days ago. Gandalf, they're taking the road to
the Morgul Vale.
Gandalf: And then the pass of Cirith Ungol.
Pippin: What does that mean? What's wrong?
Gandalf: Faramir, tell me everything.
19. Pippin: Here do I swear fealty and service to Gondor. In peace or war.
In living or dying. From this hour henceforth, until my lord release me...
or death take me.
Denethor: And I shall not forget it. Nor fail to reward that which is given.
Fealty with love, valor with honor, disloyalty with vengeance.
20. Denethor: Is there a captain here who still has the courage to do his
Faramir: You wish now that our places had been exchanged... that I had died
and Boromir had lived.
Denethor: Yes. [whispering] I wish that.
Faramir: Since you are robbed of Boromir... I will do what I can in his
stead. [Bows and turns to leave] If I should return, think better of me,
Denethor: That will depend on the manner of your return.
20b. [from extended version]
Pippin: [to himself] What were you thinking, Peregrin Took? What service
could a Hobbit offer such a great lord of men?
Faramir: [approaching] It was well done. Generous deeds should not be
checked by cold council. You are to join the tower guard?
Pippin: I didn't think they would find any livery that would fit me.
Faramir: It once belonged to a boy of the citadel. A very foolish one; who
spent many hours slaying dragons instead of attending to his studies.
Pippin: This was yours?
Faramir: Yes, it was mine. My father had it made for me.
Pippin: Well, I'm taller than you were then. Though I'm not likely to grow
anymore... except sideways. [they laugh]
Faramir: Never fitted me either. Boromir was always the soldier. They were
so alike, he and my father. Proud... stubborn, even. But strong.
Pippin: I think you have strength, of a different kind. And one day your
father will see it.
21. Sam: What are you up to? Sneaking off, are we?
Gollum: Sneaking? Sneaking? Fat Hobbit is always so polite. Smeagol shows
them secret ways that nobody else could find, and they say "sneak!" Sneak?
Very nice friend. Oh, yes, my precious. Very nice, very nice.
Sam: All right, all right! You just startled me is all. What were you doing?
Sam: Sam: Fine have it your own way. I'm sorry to wake you Mr Frodo, we have
to be moving on.
Frodo: It's dark still
Sam: Sam: It's always dark here. It's gone! The elven bread!
Frodo: Frodo: what? That's all we have left.
Sam: He took it! He must have!
Gollum: Smeagol? Oh no not poor Smeagol. Smeagol hates nasty elf bread
Sam: You're a lying wretch. What did you do with it?
Frodo: He doesn't eat it. He can't have taken it.
Gollum: Look. What's this? Crumbs on his jacketses. He took it! He took it!
I seen him
Sam: That's a filthy lie! [hits Gollum to the ground and starts to beat him]
Frodo: Sam! Stop it. Sam, no!
Sam: Oh my! I'm sorry. I didn't mean it to go so far I was just so, so
angry. Here, let's just rest a bit.
Frodo: I'm all right
Sam: No. No you're not all right. It's that Gollum. It's this place. It's
that thing around your neck. I could help a bit. I could carry it for a
while... Share the load
Frodo: Get away!
Sam: I don't want to keep it. I just want to help.
Gollum: See? See? He wants it for himself
Sam: Shut-up you! Go away. Get out of here
Frodo: No Sam, it's you. I'm sorry Sam.
Sam: But he's a liar. He's poisoned you against me
Frodo: You can't help me anymore
Sam: You don't mean that.
Frodo: Go home.
[Frodo and Gollum leave Sam, and head up the stairs. Sam, crying, heads
down, until he finds the lembas bread that Gollum stole and threw down; then
he decides to follow at a distance.]
22. Gandalf: Faramir! [Running after Faramir] Your father's will has turned
to madness. Do not throw away your life so rashly.
Faramir: Where does my allegiance lie if not here? This is the city of the
men of Numenor. I would gladly give my life to defend her beauty, her
memory... her wisdom...
Gandalf: Your father loves you, Faramir. He will remember it before the end.
23. Denethor: Can you sing, Master Hobbit?
Pippin: Well... yes. At least, well enough for my own people. But we have no
songs for great halls and... evil times.
Denethor: And why should your songs be unfit for my hall? Come, sing me a
Pippin: [singing to Denethor as Faramir leads the doomed charge] Home is
behind, the world ahead... and there are many paths to tread... Through
shadow... To the edge of night... Until the stars are all alight... Mist and
shadow, cloud and shade... All shall fade... all... shall... fade.
24. [Attention is turned to the riders of Rohan, coming to
Theoden: Grimbold, how many?
Grimbold: I bring 500 from the Westfold, my lord.
Gamling: We have 300 more from Fenmarch, Theoden King.
Theoden: Where are the riders of Snowbourn?
Gamling: None have come, my lord.
Theoden (quietly to Aragorn): Six thousand spears. Less than half of what
I'd hoped for.
Aragorn: Six thousand will not be enough to break the lines of Mordor.
Theoden: More will come.
Aragorn: Every hour lost hastens Gondor's defeat. We have till dawn, then we
Legolas: The horses are restless, and the men are quiet.
Eomer: They grow restless in the shadow of the mountain.
Gimli: That road there... where does that lead?
Legolas: It is the road to the Dimholt, the door under the mountain.
Eomer: None who venture there ever return. That mountain is evil.
[Next we see Aragorn looking--puzzled--toward the “mountain of the dead”,
when Gimli interrupts]
Gimli: Aragorn, let's find some food.
25. [Eowyn helps Merry dress like a soldier, then sends him
to the “smithy” (blacksmith) to get his sword sharpened. Eomer disapproves.]
Eomer: You should not encourage him.
Eowyn: You should not doubt him.
Eomer: I do not doubt his heart, only the reach of his arm.
Eowyn: He has just as much reason to go to war as you do. Why can he not
fight for those he loves?
26. [Aragorn dreams of a pale, dying Arwen, who says “I wish
I could have seen him again, one last time.” A soldier enters, and summons
him to see King Theoden, who is talking to Elrond.]
Theoden: I take my leave.
Aragorn: My Lord Elrond.
Elrond: I come on behalf of one whom I love. Arwen is dying. She will not
long survive the evil that now spreads from Mordor. The light of the
Evenstar is failing. As Sauron's power grows, her strength wanes. Arwen's
life is now tied to the fate of the Ring. The Shadow is upon us, Aragorn.
The end has come.
Aragorn: It will not be our end but his.
Elrond: You ride to war, but not to victory. Sauron's armies march on Minas
Tirith, this you know. But in secret he sends another force which will
attack from the river. A fleet of Corsairs ships sails from the south. They
reach the city in two days.
Elrond: You're outnumbered, Aragorn. You need more men.
Aragorn: There are none.
Elrond: There are those who dwell in the mountain.
Aragorn: Murderers. Traitors. You would call upon them to fight? They
believe in nothing. They answer to no one.
Elrond: They will answer to the king of Gondor. [He pulls out Anduril.]
Anduril, Flame of the West, forged from the shards of Narsil.
Aragorn: Sauron will not have forgotten the sword of Elendil. The blade that
was broken shall return to Minas Tirith.
Elrond: The man who can wield the power of this sword can summon to him an
army more deadly than any that walks this earth. Put aside the Ranger.
Become who you were born to be. Take the Dimholt Road.
Elrond: [pause; in Elvish] I give hope to men.
Aragorn: [in Elvish] I keep none for myself. [Then Aragorn suits up to obey
Elrond’s advice, which Eowyn has not heard (unlike her father, King Theoden).]
Eowyn: Why are you doing this? The war lies to the East. You cannot leave on
the eve of battle. You cannot abandon the men.
Eowyn: We need you here.
Aragorn: Why have you come?
Eowyn: Do you not know?
Aragorn: It is but a shadow and a thought that you love. I cannot give you
what you seek.
[Aragorn readies to take the Paths of the Dead. He leads his horse towards
the entrance and passes by Gimli, who stops him]
Gimli: Where do you think you're going?
Aragorn: Not this time, Gimli. This time you must stay.
Legolas [walks up to them, leading his horse]: Have you learned nothing of
the stubbornness of Dwarves?
Gimli: You may as well accept it. We're going with you, laddy.
[As Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas head into the “mountain of the dead”; many of
the soldiers ask why Aragorn is leaving on the eve of battle.]
Gamling: He leaves because there is no hope.
Theoden: He leaves because he must.
Gamling: Too few have come. We cannot defeat the armies of Mordor.
Theoden: No. We cannot. But we will meet them in battle nonetheless.
27. Theoden: I have left instruction. The people are to
follow your rule in my stead. Take up my seat in the Golden Hall. Long may
you defend Edoras if the battle goes ill.
Eowyn: What other duty would you have me do, my lord?
Theoden: Duty? No... I would have you smile again, not grieve for those
whose time has come. You shall live to see these days renewed. No more
28. Gimli: What kind of army would linger in such a place?
Legolas: One that is cursed. Long ago the men of the mountain swore an oath
to the last king of Gondor, to come to his aid, to fight. But when the time
came, when Gondor's need was dire, they fled, vanishing into the darkness of
the mountain. And so Isildur cursed them, never to rest until they had
fulfilled their pledge.
Who shall call them from the gray twilight, the forgotten people?
Legolas [reading what is engraved on the cave entrance]: “The way is shut.
It was made by those who are dead, and the dead keep it. The way is shut.”
Aragorn [after the horses run away in panic]: I do not fear death.
Gimli: Well, this is a thing unheard of. An Elf would go underground, where
a Dwarf dare not. Oh, I'd never hear the end of it.
28b.Eowyn [picking Merry up, after the king said he cannot go
to the battle]: Ride with me.
Merry: [smiles] My lady!
29. King of the Dead: The dead do not suffer the living to
Aragorn: You will suffer me.
King of the Dead: The way is shut. It was made by those who are dead, and
the dead keep it. The way is shut. Now you must die.
Aragorn: I summon you to fulfill your oath.
King of the Dead: None but the king of Gondor may command me.
[Swings sword; Aragorn blocks him with the sword Anduril]
King of the Dead: That blade was broken!
Aragorn [takes him by the throat]: It has been remade. [Aragorn releases the
King of the Dead; and turns to his army.] Fight for us... and regain your
honor. What say you? What say you?
Gimli: You’re wasting your time. They had no honor in life. They have none
now in death.
Aragorn: I am Isildur's heir. Fight for me. And I will hold your oaths
fulfilled. What say you?
30. Gothmog: [sniffs] Fear. The city is rank with it. Let us
ease their pain. Release the prisoners!
Orc Lieutenant 1: Catapults!
[the catapults fling dozens of severed heads into the city]
Denethor [believing that Faromir is dead, though Pippin finds out that he is
just badly injured]: My sons are spent. My line has ended… Rohan has
deserted us. Theoden's betrayed me. Abandon your posts! Flee, flee for your
[He turns around, and Gandalf knocks him out with his staff]
Gandalf: Prepare for battle! …Hold them back! Do not give in to fear! Stand
to your posts! FIGHT! …Send these foul beasts into the abyss. … Not at the
towers! Aim for the trolls! Kill the trolls! Bring them down!
[During the battle, Pippin wanders toward the front lines, which have just
been breached by the enemy. Gandalf sees him.]
Gandalf: Peregrin Took! Go back to the Citadel!
Pippin: [dazed] They called us out to fight.
Gandalf: This is no place for a Hobbit!
[As Gandalf fights with his sword and staff, an Orc rushes up behind him and
Pippin kills it.]
Gandalf: [impressed] Guard of the Citadel indeed!
31. [Gollum and Frodo stand in front of a tunnel opening, and
Frodo hesitates to go in]
Frodo: What is this place?
Gollum: Master must go inside the tunnel.
Frodo: Now that I'm here, I don't think I want to.
Gollum: It's the only way. Go in, or go back.
Frodo: I cannot go back.
[Inside, Gollum leaves him in the darkness, and Frodo realizes that this is
the home of a big spider. Stumbling in the dark, he remembers Galadrial’s
gift, and her words to him…]
Galadriel: And for you, Frodo Baggins, I give you the light of Earendil, our
most beloved star. May it be a light to you in dark places when all other
lights go out.
Frodo: Aiya Earendil Elenion Ancalima.
[By the light, he finally sees the spider. As he runs away, he is caught in
a web, which makes Gollum happy.]
Gollum: [singing] Pretty little fly. Why does he cry? Caught in a web. Soon
he'll be... eaten.
[Frodo gets away, but Gollum fights with him; loses; begs for pity]
Frodo: I have to destroy it, Smeagol. I have to destroy it for both our
[Soon after that, Frodo collapses from exhaustion. Galadriel comes to him in
a vision to give strength.]
Galadriel: This task was appointed to you, Frodo of the Shire. If you do not
find a way, no one will.