LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
 

A TRANSCRIPT
 
 

transcribed by Elisabeth Kerrigan
 
 
 
 




				GALADRIEL (V.O.)
		The world is changed. I feel it in the water.
		I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.
		Much that once was is lost, for none now live
		who remember it.

		It began with the forging of the Rings of
		Power. Three were given to the Elves, immortal,
		wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven were
		given to the Dwarves, great miners and
		craftsmen of the mountain halls. And nine, nine
		rings were gifted to the race of Men, who above
		all else desire power. For within these rings
		was bound the power and the will to rule each
		race. But they were all of them deceived, for
		deep in the land of Mordor, the Dark Lord
		Sauron forged another ring, a master ring, and
		into this ring he poured all his cruelty, his
		malice and his will to dominate every living
		thing. One ring to rule them all. One by one,
		the free peoples of Middle Earth fell to the
		power of the Ring, but there were some who
		resisted. A last alliance of men and elves
		marched against the armies of Mordor, and on
		the very slopes of Mount Doom, they fought for
		the freedom of Middle-Earth. Victory was near,
		but the power of the ring could not be undone.

	SAURON appears, crushing a dozen MEN with each blow of his
	huge mace.

				GALADRIEL (V.O.)
		It was in this moment, when all hope had
		faded, that Isildur, son of the king, took up
		his father's sword.

	ISILDUR picks up sword, SAURON breaks it, but ISILDUR uses
	the broken blade to cut off SAURON'S fingers, and the RING.


				GALADRIEL (V.O.)
		And Sauron, enemy of the free peoples of
		Middle-Earth, was defeated. The Ring passed to
		Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy
		evil forever, but the hearts of men are easily
		corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of
		its own. It betrayed Isildur, to his death.

	ISILDUR attacked by goblins, dies in the river, and the
	RING is lost in the water.

				GALADRIEL (V.O.)
		And some things that should not have been
		forgotten were lost. History became legend.
		Legend became myth. For two and a half thousand
		years, the ring passed out of all knowledge.
		Until, when chance came, the ring ensnared
		another bearer.

	GOLLUM finds the RING in the riverbed.

					GOLLUM
		My Precious, my own.

				GALADRIEL (V.O.)
		The ring came to the creature Gollum, who took
		it deep into the tunnels under the Misty
		Mountains, and there it consumed him.

					GOLLUM
		It came to me, my own, my love, my Precious.

				GALADRIEL (V.O.)
		The ring gave to Gollum unnatural long life.
		For five hundred years it poisoned his mind,
		and in the gloom of Gollum's cave it waited.
		Darkness crept back into the forests of the
		world. Rumor grew of a shadow in the East,
		whispers of a nameless fear, and the Ring of
		Power perceived that its time had come. It
		abandoned Gollum, but then something happened
		that the Ring did not intend. It was picked up
		by the most unlikely creature imaginable. A
		hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, of the Shire.

					BILBO
		What's this? A Ring!

					GOLLUM
		Lost! My Precious is lost!

				GALADRIEL (V.O.)
		For the time will soon come when hobbits will
		shape the fortunes of all.



	Shire 60 years later



	FRODO reading a book under a tree, hears GANDALF approach
	singing. Runs to meet him.

					FRODO
		You're late.

					GANDALF
		A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins, nor is
		he early. He arrives precisely when he means
		to.

	They both try to keep a straight face, and fail. FRODO
	throws himself into GANDALF'S arms for a hug.

					FRODO
		It's wonderful to see you again, Gandalf.

					GANDALF
		You didn't think I'd miss your Uncle Bilbo's
		birthday.

					FRODO
		What's new in the world? Tell me everything.

					GANDALF
		Haven't we grown curious? Most unnatural for a
		hobbit. What can I tell you? Life in the wide
		world goes on, much as it has this past age,
		full of its own comings and goings, scarcely
		aware of the existence of hobbits. For which I
		am very grateful.

	They pass a field where tents and a banner are being set
	up.

					GANDALF
		Ah, the long-expected party. How is the old
		rascal? I understand this is to be a party of
		special magnificence.

					FRODO
		You know Bilbo. He has the whole place in an
		uproar.

					GANDALF
		Well, that should please him.

					FRODO
		Half the Shire's been invited. He's up to
		something.

					GANDALF
		Indeed?

					FRODO
		All right, keep your secrets. Before you came
		along, we Bagginses were very well thought of.
		Never had any adventures or did anything
		unexpected.

					GANDALF
		If you're referring to that incident with the
		dragon, I was barely involved. I only gave your
		uncle a little nudge out the door.

					FRODO
		Whatever you did, you have been officially
		labeled a disturber of the peace.

	A group of HOBBIT children see GANDALF and come running.

					CHILDREN
		Gandalf, Gandalf! Fireworks, Gandalf!

	GANDALF pretends he won't, but he sets off a butterfly
	firework for them. An old grandmother's smile at the
	children's delight turns to a more socially acceptable
	frown when an annoyed mother becomes witness.

					FRODO
		Gandalf, I'm glad you're back.

	FRODO jumps off the wagon.

					GANDALF
		So am I, dear boy, so am I.



	GANDALF stops his wagon in front of Bag End, passes a sign
	'No Admittance Except on Party Business', knocks on the
	door with his staff. A disgruntled voice comes from within.

					BILBO
		No thank you! We don't want any more well-
		wishers, visitors, or distant relations!

					GANDALF
		How about very old friends?

					BILBO
		Gandalf?

					GANDALF
		Bilbo Baggins!

					BILBO
		My dear Gandalf!

					GANDALF
		One hundred and eleven years old! Who would
		believe it? You haven't aged a day.

					BILBO
		Come in, come in, welcome, would you like some
		tea? Or perhaps something stronger. I still
		have some of the Old Winyards left. 1296, a
		very good year! Almost as old as I am! My
		Father put it down. What say we open one?

	BILBO puts GANDALF'S hat and staff away.

					GANDALF
		Just tea, thank you.

	GANDALF knocks the chandelier, steadies it, and hits his
	head on the beam when he turns around.

					BILBO
		I was expecting you last week, but you come
		and go as you please...

	BILBO gathers food while GANDALF looks at the maps spread
	out on BILBO'S table.

					BILBO
		I can make you some eggs if you like...

	BILBO comes into the room, but GANDALF isn't there.
	GANDALF appears from behind him.

					GANDALF
		Just tea.

					BILBO
		Yes, right, you don't mind if I do?

	BILBO has a mouthful of food already.

					GANDALF
		Oh, no, not at all.

	Someone knocks on the door.

					BILBO
		I'm not at home! I need to get away from these
		confounded relatives, hanging on the bell all
		day, never giving me a moment's rest. I want to
		see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains! And
		then find someplace quiet where I can finish my
		book. Oh, right, the tea.

					GANDALF
		You mean to go through with your plan, then?

					BILBO
		Yes, everything's in hand. The arrangements
		have all been made.

					GANDALF
		Frodo suspects.

					BILBO
		Of course he suspects, he's a Baggins, not
		some blockheaded Bracegirdle from Hardbottle!

					GANDALF
		You will tell him, won't you?

					BILBO
		Yes, yes.

					GANDALF
		He's very fond of you, you know.

					BILBO
		I know. He'd probably come with me if I asked
		him to, but I think in his heart Frodo is still
		in love with the Shire. The woods, the fields,
		little rivers. I'm old, Gandalf. I know I don't
		look it, but I begin to feel it in my heart. I
		feel thin, stretched, like butter scraped over
		too much bread. I need a holiday, a very
		long holiday, and I don't expect I shall
		return. In fact, I mean not to!

	BILBO and GANDALF sit outside Bag-End, smoking.

					BILBO
		Old Toby! Finest weed in Southfarthing.

	BILBO blows a smoke-ring, GANDALF blows a ship, which
	sails through the ring.

					BILBO
		Gandalf, my old friend, this will be a night
		to remember!



	GANDALF sets off fireworks - a tree, fountain that turns
	into jet planes.

	FRODO sits down next to SAM.

					FRODO
		Go on, Sam, ask Rosie for a dance!

	SAM is too shy.

					SAM
		I think I'll just have another ale.

					FRODO
		Oh, no you don't!

	FRODO shoves SAM at ROSIE, they dance off

	BILBO is telling his story to the young HOBBIT children.

					BILBO
		So there I was, at the mercy of three
		monstrous trolls, and they were arguing about
		how to cook us! Whether it be turned on a spit,
		or if they should sit on us one by one and
		squash us into jelly! They spent so much time
		arguing the whithertos and whyfors that the
		first light of the sun crept up over the tops
		of the trees and turned them all to stone!

	GANDALF sets off a butterflies firework, which the
	children try to catch.

	GANDALF returns to his wagon for more fireworks, and when
	he leaves, MERRY and PIPPIN come out to steal one of their
	own. MERRY gives PIPPIN a boost into the wagon, where he
	roots around and comes up with one.

					MERRY
		Not that one! The big one, the big one!

	PIPPIN grabs the largest firework he can find, which is
	bright red and huge. They hurry into the tent, so they
	won't be caught with it. PIPPIN lights it.

					PIPPIN
		There!

					MERRY
		You're supposed to put it in the ground first!

					PIPPIN
		It is in the ground!

					MERRY
		Outside!

					PIPPIN
		This was your idea!

	The firework goes off, taking the roof of the tent with
	it, and leaving MERRY and PIPPIN flat on the ground,
	covered in soot. The firework goes straight up, becomes a
	dragon's head, turns around, sprouts wings, and flies in
	low over the crowd. General panic. FRODO sees it coming and
	tries to warn BILBO.

					FRODO
		Bilbo, watch out for the dragon!

					BILBO
		Nonsense, there hasn't been a dragon in these
		parts for a thousand years!

	They duck to avoid the dragon, which, having given
	everyone a good scare, dissolves into a spectacular shower
	of sparks. MERRY and PIPPIN observe the results and are
	well pleased.

					PIPPIN
		That was good!

					MERRY
		Let's get another one!

	GANDALF comes up behind and grabs MERRY and PIPPIN by
	their ears.

					GANDALF
		Meriadoc Brandybuck, and Peregrin Took. I
		might have known.

	MERRY and PIPPIN end up washing dishes in penance. Several
	HOBBITS go by carrying an enormous cake laden with candles,
	and BILBO stands up.

		Speech! Speech!

					BILBO
		My dear Bagginses and Boffins, Tooks and
		Brandybucks, Gubbs, Chubbs, Hornblowers,
		Bolgers, Bracegirdles and Proudfoots!

		Proudfeet!

					BILBO
		Today is my one hundred and eleventh birthday!
		Alas, eleventy one years is much too short a
		time to live among such excellent and admirable
		hobbits! I don't know half of you half as well
		as I should like and I like less than half of
		you half as well as you deserve! I have things
		to do. I've put this off for far too long. I
		regret to announce this is the end! I'm going
		now. I bid you all a very fond farewell!
		Goodbye.

	BILBO puts on the ring and vanishes, to the astonishment
	of everyone except GANDALF. Footsteps up the path to Bag
	End. Door opens. BILBO appears, taking off the RING. Puts
	it in his pocket. Chooses a staff from beside the door.
	GANDALF has arrived before him.

					GANDALF
		I suppose you thought that was terribly
		clever.

					BILBO
		Come on, Gandalf! Did you see their faces?

					GANDALF
		There are a good many magic rings in the
		world, Bilbo, and none of them should be used
		lightly!

					BILBO
		It was just a bit of fun. Oh, I suppose you're
		right, as usual.

	BILBO gathers some things to take with him.

					BILBO
		You will keep an eye on Frodo, won't you?

					GANDALF
		Two eyes, as often as I can spare them.

					BILBO
		I'm leaving everything to him.

					GANDALF
		And this ring of yours, is that staying, too?

					BILBO
		Yes, it's in an envelope, on the mantelpiece.

	GANDALF looks on the mantel.

					BILBO
		Wait, no, it's here in my pocket. Isn't that
		odd, now? Yet, why not? Why shouldn't I keep
		it?

					GANDALF
		I think you should leave the ring behind. Is
		that so hard?

					BILBO
		Well, no, and yes. Now it comes to it.
		I don't feel like parting with it! I found it!
		It came to me!

					GANDALF
		There's no need to get angry.

					BILBO
		And what if I'm angry! It's your fault! It's
		mine. My own, my precious...

					GANDALF
		Precious? It's been called that before, but
		not by you.

					BILBO
		What business is it of yours what I do with my
		own things?

					GANDALF
		I think you've had that ring quite long
		enough.

					BILBO
		You want it for yourself!

	A shadow draws around GANDALF, revealing the power he
	usually keeps hidden.

					GANDALF
		Do not take me for some conjuror of cheap
		tricks! I am not trying to rob you! I'm trying
		to help you.

	The shadow retreats, and GANDALF is the kindly old man
	again. BILBO runs to him.

					GANDALF
		All your long years, we have been friends.
		Trust me now as you once did. Let it go.

					BILBO
		You're right. The ring must go to Frodo. It's
		late, and the road is long. Yes, it is time.

	BILBO gathers his pack and heads out the door. GANDALF
	stops him on the doorstep.

					GANDALF
		Bilbo, the ring is still in your pocket.

					BILBO
		Oh, yes.

	BILBO takes out the ring, holds it on his palm, and with a
	great effort, turns his hand until the ring slips off and
	drops on the floor. BILBO walks out, takes a deep breath.

					BILBO
		I've thought of an ending for my book. 'And he
		lived happily ever after, to the end of his
		days.'

					GANDALF
		And I'm sure you will, old friend.

					BILBO
		Good bye, Gandalf.

	They shake hands, friends as always.

					GANDALF
		Goodbye, dear Bilbo.

	Exit BILBO, singing.

					GANDALF
		Until our next meeting.

	GANDALF reaches down to pick up the RING, sees the EYE,
	and leaves it where it is. Sits in front of the fire,
	thinking about BILBO'S words, and the ring'S history.

					BILBO
		It's mine, my own, my precious.

					GANDALF
		Riddles in the dark... Precious...

					FRODO
		Bilbo!

	FRODO enters, sees the ring and picks it up.

					FRODO
		He's gone, hasn't he? He talked about it for
		so long, I never really believed he would do
		it. Gandalf?

	GANDALF looks over, sees FRODO has the RING.

					GANDALF
		Bilbo's Ring. He's gone to stay with the
		elves. He's left you Bag End, along with all
		his possessions. The Ring is yours now.

	GANDALF holds out an envelope, FRODO slips the RING
	inside. GANDALF seals it with wax.

					GANDALF
		Put it somewhere out of sight.

					FRODO
		Where are you going?

	GANDALF heads for the door.

					GANDALF
		There are things I need to see to.

					FRODO
		What things?

					GANDALF
		Questions, questions that need answering.

					FRODO
		But you've only just arrived! I don't
		understand.

					GANDALF
		Neither do I. Keep it secret. Keep it safe.

	GANDALF rides to the White city, sees fire over the
	mountains. BARAD-DUR rebuilt, a voice screams 'Shire!
	Baggins!' The Nine ride out the gate. GANDALF looks through
	the library in the White City, finds the manuscript of
	ISILDUR'S tale.

		The year 3434 of the Second Age. Here follows
		the account of Isildur, High King of Gondor,
		and the finding of the Ring. The Ring of power
		has come to me. It will become an heirloom of
		my kingdom. All those who follow in my
		bloodline will be bound to its fate, for I will
		risk no hurt to the Ring. It is precious to me,
		though I buy it with a great pain. The markings
		on the band fade, the writing that was once as
		bright as red flame has all but disappeared, a
		secret now only fire can tell.

	A HOBBIT cutting wood is startled by a DARK RIDER. His dog
	sensibly retreats into the house.

					N
		Shire. Baggins.

					HOBBIT
		No Bagginses here. They're all up in
		Hobbitton. That way.

	He follows his dog as the RIDER turns toward HOBBITTON.

	FRODO returns home from the inn, the window is open and
	all is dark. GANDALF grabs his shoulder from behind.

					GANDALF
		Is it secret? Is it safe?

	FRODO gets out the envelope, GANDALF throws it in the
	fire.

					FRODO
		What are you doing?

	Envelope burns away, revealing the RING. GANDALF retrieves
	it from the fire with tongs.

					GANDALF
		Hold out your hand, Frodo. It's quite cool.
		What can you see? Can you see anything?

					FRODO
		Nothing. There's nothing. Wait. There are
		markings. It's some form of Elvish, but I can't
		read it.

					GANDALF
		There are few who can. The language is that of
		Mordor, which I shall not utter here.

					FRODO
		Mordor?

					GANDALF
		In the common tongue, it reads, One ring to
		rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring
		to bring them all and in the darkness bind
		them.

					GANDALF
		This is the One Ring, forged by Sauron in the
		fires of Mount Doom. Isildur took it from the
		hand of Sauron himself.

					FRODO
		Bilbo found it, in Gollum's cave.

					GANDALF
		For sixty years, it lay quiet in Bilbo's
		keeping, prolonging his life, delaying old age.
		But no longer. There is evil stirring in
		Mordor. The Ring has awoken. It's heard its
		master's call.

					FRODO
		But he was destroyed. Sauron was destroyed.

	The RING whispers denial.

					GANDALF
		No, Frodo. His spirit endured. Sauron's life-
		force was bound to the Ring, and the Ring
		survived. Sauron has returned. His orcs have
		multiplied. His fortress of Barad-Dur is
		rebuilt in Mordor. He needs only this Ring to
		cover all the lands in a second darkness. He is
		seeking it, seeking it, all his thought is bent
		on it. The Ring yearns above all else to return
		to the hand of its master. They are one, the
		Ring and the Dark Lord. He must never find it.

	FRODO grabs the RING.

					FRODO
		All right, we keep it hidden. We put it away,
		we never speak of it again. Nobody knows its
		here, do they?

	GANDALF is silent.

					FRODO
		Do they, Gandalf?

					GANDALF
		There was one other who knew that Bilbo had
		the ring. I looked everywhere for the creature
		Gollum, but the Enemy found him first.

					GANDALF
		I don't know how long they tortured him, but
		amid the endless screams and inane babble, they
		heard two words. Shire. Baggins.

					FRODO
		Shire. Baggins. But that would lead them here!

	The RIDERS kill a night watchman. FRODO holds out the RING
	to GANDALF.

					FRODO
		Take it, Gandalf, you must take it!

					GANDALF
		You cannot offer me this Ring!

					FRODO
		I am giving it to you!

					GANDALF
		Don't tempt me! I dare not take this
		Ring, not even to keep it safe! Understand, I
		would use this Ring out of a desire to do good,
		but through me, it would wield a power too
		great and terrible to imagine.

					FRODO
		But it cannot stay in the Shire!

					GANDALF
		No. No, it can't.

	FRODO accepts his duty.

					FRODO
		What must I do?

					GANDALF
		You must go, and go quickly.

					FRODO
		Where?

					GANDALF
		Get out of the Shire. Make for the village of
		Bree.

					FRODO
		What about you?

					GANDALF
		I will wait for you at the Inn of the Prancing
		Pony.

					FRODO
		And the Ring will be safe there?

					GANDALF
		I don't know, Frodo. I don't have any answers.
		I must see the head of my order. He is both
		powerful and wise. Trust me, he will know what
		to do. You must leave the name of Baggins
		behind you, for that name is not safe outside
		the Shire. Travel only by day, and stay off the
		road.

					FRODO
		I can cut across country easily enough.

	GANDALF stops, looking at FRODO, who is within minutes
	packed, cloaked, and ready for a long and dangerous
	journey.

					GANDALF
		Dear Frodo. Hobbits are the most amazing
		creatures. You can learn everything there is to
		know about their ways in a month, and after a
		hundred years they can still surprise you!

	Noise outside the window.

					GANDALF
		Get down!

	FRODO drops to the floor, GANDALF reaches out the window
	with his staff, hits something. Hauls SAM in by the scruff
	of his neck.

					GANDALF
		Confound it all, Samwise Gamgee, have you been
		eavesdropping?

					SAM
		I ain't been dropping no eaves, sir, honest, I
		was just cutting the grass outside the window,
		if you follow me.

					GANDALF
		A bit late for trimming the verge.

					SAM
		I heard raised voices.

					GANDALF
		What did you hear? Speak!

					SAM
		Nothing important. That is, I heard a good
		deal about a ring, and a dark lord, and
		something about the end of the world. Please
		don't hurt me, sir, don't turn me into anything
		unnatural.

					GANDALF
		No? Perhaps not. I've thought of a better use
		for you.

	GANDALF and FRODO walking, GANDALF leading his horse.

					GANDALF
		Come along, Samwise, keep up!

	SAM runs to catch up. The three stop under the trees.

					GANDALF
		Be careful, both of you. The enemy has many
		spies in his service. Birds, beasts. Is it
		safe?

	FRODO pats his pocket, where the RING is hidden.

					GANDALF
		Never put it on! The servants of the Dark Lord
		will be drawn to its power. Remember, the Ring
		is trying to get back to its master. It
		wants to be found.

	GANDALF leaves. FRODO and SAM cross fields, going towards
	BREE. SAM stops on the edge of a field of wheat.

					SAM
		This is it.

					FRODO
		This is what?

					SAM
		If I take one more step, it will be the
		farthest from home I've ever been.

					FRODO
		Come on, Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say.
		It's a dangerous thing, Frodo, going out your
		door. You step onto the road, and if you don't
		keep your feet, there's no knowing where you'll
		be swept off to.

	GANDALF riding to Isengard.

					SARUMAN
		Smoke rises from the mountain of Doom. The
		hour grows late, and Gandalf the Grey rides to
		Isengard seeking my council. For that is why
		you have come, is it not, my old friend?

					GANDALF
		Saruman.

	GANDALF and SARUMAN walking outside Isengard.

					SARUMAN
		You are sure of this?

					GANDALF
		Beyond any doubt.

					SARUMAN
		So the One Ring has been found.

					GANDALF
		All these long years it was in the Shire,
		right under my nose.

					SARUMAN
		And you had not the wit to see it. Your love
		of the Halflings' leaf has clearly slowed your
		mind.

					GANDALF
		We still have time, time to counter Sauron, if
		we act quickly.

					SARUMAN
		Time? What time do you think we have?

	SARUMAN and GANDALF inside Isengard.

					SARUMAN
		Sauron has regained much of his former
		strength. He cannot yet take physical form, but
		his spirit has lost none of its potency.
		Concealed in his fortress he sees all. His gaze
		pierces cloud, shadow, earth and flesh. You
		know of what I speak. A great eye, lidless,
		wreathed in flame.

					GANDALF
		The Eye of Sauron.

					SARUMAN
		He is gathering all evil to him. Very soon he
		will have assembled an army large enough to
		assault Middle-earth.

					GANDALF
		You know this? How?

					SARUMAN
		I have seen it.

	They enter another room, where a stone sphere lies
	covered.

					GANDALF
		A Palantir is a dangerous tool.

	SARUMAN uncovers the stone.

					SARUMAN
		Why? Why should we fear to use it?

					GANDALF
		They are not all accounted for, the lost
		seeing stones. You do not know who else may be
		watching.

	As he re-covers the stone, GANDALF sees the EYE

					SARUMAN
		The hour is later than you think. Sauron's
		forces are already moving. The Nine have left
		Minas Mordor.

					GANDALF
		The Nine?

					SARUMAN
		They crossed the river Isen on midsummer's
		eve, disguised as riders in black.

					GANDALF
		They have reached the Shire!

					SARUMAN
		They will find the Ring, and kill the one who
		carries it.

					GANDALF
		Frodo!

	GANDALF tries to leave, but the doors slam, one by one.

					SARUMAN
		You did not truly think that a hobbit could
		contend with the will of Sauron? There are none
		who can. Against the power of Mordor there can
		be no victory. We must join him, Gandalf. Join
		with Sauron. It would be wise, old friend.

					GANDALF
		Tell me, friend, when did Saruman the
		Wise abandon reason for madness?

	They fight, GANDALF loses his staff and is captured.

					SARUMAN
		I offered you the choice of aiding me
		willingly, but you have elected the way of
		pain!

	GANDALF rises toward the roof of Isengard. Darkness.

	SAM emerges from a corn patch, alone.

					SAM
		Mister Frodo? Frodo!

	FRODO reappears from the path ahead.

					SAM
		I thought I'd lost you.

					FRODO
		What are you talking about, Sam?

					SAM
		It's just something Gandalf said.

					FRODO
		What did he say?

					SAM
		Don't you lose him, Samwise Gamgee. And I
		don't mean to.

					FRODO
		We're still in the Shire, Sam, what could
		possibly happen?

	They get knocked over by MERRY and PIPPIN.

					PIPPIN
		Frodo! Look, Merry, it's Frodo!

					SAM
		You get off him!

	SAM shakes off MERRY, picks PIPPIN off FRODO by the scruff
	of his neck.

	MERRY hands SAM an armful of vegetables.

					MERRY
		Hold these.

					PIPPIN
		What's the meaning of this?

					SAM
		You've been into Farmer Maggott's crop!

	They start running through a cornfield.

					MERRY
		I don't know what he's so upset about, it's
		only a few carrots.

					PIPPIN
		And some cabbages. And the three bags of
		potatoes we lifted last week. And the mushrooms
		the week before that.

					MERRY
		Yes, Pippin! My point is, he's obviously
		overreacting!

	They all fall over a cliff, land in a heap.

	PIPPIN lands inches away from a pile of manure.

					PIPPIN
		Ooh! That was a close one.

					MERRY
		I think I've broken something.

	MERRY pulls out a broken carrot.

					SAM
		Trust a Brandybuck and a Took!

					MERRY
		Nonsense! That was just a detour! A shortcut!

					SAM
		Shortcut to what?

					PIPPIN
		Mushrooms!

	Three start gathering mushrooms into a bag.

	FRODO looks down the road.

					FRODO
		I think we should get off the road.

	Something dark approaches.

					FRODO
		Get off the road, quick!

	They hide under the roots of a tree. The RINGWRAITH comes,
	on his horse. Gets off the horse, sniffing as though he can
	smell that the RING is close. A spider crawls out, and a
	centipede, and a lot of worms. For the first time, the RING
	tries to impose its will on FRODO, pushing him to put it on
	so they will be found. SAM distracts him. MERRY throws
	something to distract the WRAITH, and they run away.

					PIPPIN
		What was that?

	It is dark, they have been running for some time, watching
	for the RIDER.

		Anything?

					FRODO
		Nothing.

					MERRY
		That dark rider was looking for something, or
		someone. Frodo?

	RIDER appears, in the distance.

		Get down!

	They hide again.

					FRODO
		I have to leave the Shire. Sam and I have to
		get to Bree.

					MERRY
		Bucklebury ferry. Follow me.

	They run, but the horse is right behind them. FRODO gets
	separated from the rest, who get to the ferry ahead of him.

					MERRY
		Sam, get the ropes!

	They untie the raft.

		Run, Frodo!

	The RIDER is right behind FRODO.

					FRODO
		Go!

	FRODO jumps off the dock, and just makes it onto the
	ferry. The RIDER stops at the water's edge.

					FRODO
		Where is the nearest crossing?

					MERRY
		Brandywine bridge. Twenty miles.

	They look back to see three RIDERS now, heading for the
	bridge.

	Four HOBBITS arrive at BREE, in the pouring rain, knock on
	the gate. Guard answers. Seeing no one at the window, he
	opens the lower window.

					GUARD
		What do you want?

					FRODO
		We are headed for the Prancing Pony.

					GUARD
		Hobbits. Four hobbits! What business brings
		you to Bree?

					FRODO
		We wish to stay at the inn. Our business is
		our own.

					GUARD
		Very well, young sir, didn't mean no offence
		by it. It's my job to ask questions after
		nightfall. There's been talk of some strange
		folk about. Can't be too careful.

	Arrival at the Prancing Pony.

					FRODO
		Excuse me?

					BARLIMAN
		Good evening, little Masters. If you're
		looking for accommodation, we have some cozy
		hobbit-sized rooms available, Mr...?

					FRODO
		Underhill. My name's Underhill. We're friends
		of Gandalf the Grey. Would you tell him we've
		arrived?

					BARLIMAN
		Gandalf? Elderly chap, big grey beard, pointy
		hat. Haven't seen him in six months.

					SAM
		What do we do now?

					FRODO
		He'll come, Sam. He'll be here.

	MERRY sits down.

					PIPPIN
		What's that?

					MERRY
		This, my friend, is a pint.

					PIPPIN
		It comes in pints? I'm going to get one.

					SAM
		Pippin, you've had a whole half already.

	PIPPIN goes to the bar for his pint.

					SAM
		That man's done nothing but stare at you since
		we came in.

	FRODO stops the innkeeper.

					FRODO
		That man in the corner, who is he?

					BARLIMAN
		He's one of them Rangers. Dangerous folk, they
		are, wandering the wilds. What his right name
		is I've never heard, but round here he's known
		as Strider.

					FRODO
		Strider.

	RING tries again to get FRODO to put it on, whispering
	Baggins, Baggins.

					PIPPIN
		Baggins? Sure I know a Baggins - Frodo
		Baggins, over there. He's my second cousin,
		once removed on his Mother's side.

	FRODO runs toward PIPPIN, at the bar.

					FRODO
		Pippin!

					PIPPIN
		Steady on!

	FRODO trips, the ring falls on his finger. The Nine turn
	towards BREE. FRODO sees the EYE for the first time. FRODO
	takes off the ring and is dragged off by STRIDER.

					STRIDER
		You draw far too much attention to yourself,
		Mr. Underhill.

					FRODO
		What do you want?

					STRIDER
		A little more caution from you, that is no
		trinket you carry.

					FRODO
		I carry nothing.

					STRIDER
		Indeed? I can avoid being seen if I wish, but
		to disappear entirely - that is a rare gift.

					FRODO
		Who are you?

					STRIDER
		Are you frightened?

					FRODO
		Yes.

					STRIDER
		Not nearly frightened enough. I know what
		hunts you.

	The three HOBBITS come in, threatening STRIDER if he has
	hurt FRODO.

					STRIDER
		You have a stout heart, little hobbit, but it
		will not save you. You can no longer wait for
		the wizard, Frodo. They are coming.



	Four of the Nine arrive at BREE, break down the gate and
	squash the doorkeeper. They find the room where HOBBITS
	appear to be sleeping and stab them, become angry when they
	find they have been tricked. FRODO is awake already,
	watching STRIDER watching out the window. The others wake
	at the noise.

					FRODO
		What are they?

					STRIDER
		They were once men. Great kings of men, but
		Sauron the Deceiver gave them nine rings of
		power, and, blinded by their greed, they took
		them without question, one by one falling into
		darkness. Now they are slaves to his will. They
		are the Nazgul, Ringwraiths, neither living nor
		dead. At all times they feel the presence of
		the ring, drawn to the power of the One. They
		will never stop hunting you.

	The party leaves BREE, avoiding the roads.

					FRODO
		Where are you taking us?

					STRIDER
		Into the wilds.

	They walk for a while.

					MERRY
		How do we know this Strider is a friend of
		Gandalf's?

					FRODO
		We have no choice but to trust him.

					SAM
		Where is he taking us?

					STRIDER
		To Rivendell, Master Gamgee, the home of
		Elrond.

					SAM
		Did you hear that? Rivendell! We're going to
		see the elves!



	HOBBITS stop.

					STRIDER
		Gentlemen, we do not stop till nightfall.

					PIPPIN
		What about breakfast?

					STRIDER
		You have had it.

					PIPPIN
		We've had one, yes, what about second
		breakfast?

					MERRY
		I don't think he knows about second breakfast,
		Pip.

					PIPPIN
		What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea?
		Dinner? Supper? Do you think he knows about
		them?

					MERRY
		I wouldn't count on it.

	STRIDER throws an apple to MERRY, who catches it, and
	PIPPIN, who gets hit in the head.



	SARUMAN using Palantir.

					SARUMAN
		The power of Isengard is at your command,
		Sauron, Lord of the Earth.

		Build me an army worthy of Mordor.

	SARUMAN sits in his study, looking uncomfortable. ORCS
	enter, looking out of place.

					ORC
		What orders from Mordor, my lord? What does
		the High command?

					SARUMAN
		We have work to do.

	ORCS begin pulling down trees. GANDALF observes from his
	prison atop the tower.

					ORC
		The trees are strong, my lord. Their roots go
		deep.

					SARUMAN
		Rip them all down.



	FRODO and company cross harsh lands.

					STRIDER
		This was once the great watchtower of Amon
		Sul. We will rest here tonight.

	STRIDER unwraps four swords, passes them out to HOBBITS.

					STRIDER
		These are for you. Keep them close. I'm going
		to have a look around. Stay here.



	FRODO is napping, wakes up to find the others have built a
	fire.

					FRODO
		What are you doing?

					MERRY
		Sausages, tomatoes, nice crispy bacon!

					SAM
		We saved some for you!

					FRODO
		Put it out, you fools, put it out!

	FRODO stamps out the fire.

					PIPPIN
		That's nice, ash on my tomatoes.

	They look over the edge to find RINGWRAITHS approaching.

	FRODO pulls out his sword.

					FRODO
		Go!

	HOBBITS retreat to the center of the ruin, stand back to
	back, not knowing where the WRAITHS will come from. Five
	WRAITHS enter the ruin.

					SAM
		Back, you devils!

	SAM tries to fight them, gets tossed aside. MERRY and
	PIPPIN step in front, get pushed away. FRODO drops his
	sword, backs away. Falls down. The WRAITHS seem to know he
	has the RING. He pulls it out of his pocket, and they all
	focus on it. WRAITHS close in, and he puts on the ring. The
	RINGWRAITH leader tries to take the ring. It takes all
	FRODO'S strength to pull it away. The Wraith seems angry
	that FRODO has denied him and stabs him in the shoulder.
	STRIDER attacks WRAITHS, FRODO takes the ring off.

					SAM
		Frodo!

	SAM runs to FRODO, now that he can see him.

					FRODO
		Oh, Sam!

	STRIDER stabs and sets fire to WRAITHS, they go away.

					SAM
		Strider! Help him!

	STRIDER picks up the sword, but the blade dissolves into
	dust.

					STRIDER
		He's been stabbed with a Morgul blade. This is
		beyond my skill to heal, he needs elvish
		medicine.

	STRIDER picks up FRODO, who is in a lot of pain.

					STRIDER
		Hang on, Frodo.

					SAM
		It's six days to Rivendell! He'll never make
		it!

					FRODO
		Gandalf. Gandalf!

	GANDALF is still imprisoned on top of Isengard, which is
	now barren, with deep holes in the ground where ORCS mine
	and forge weapons and armor. A moth flutters by, and
	GANDALF catches it, speaks to it, and lets it go. SARUMAN
	oversees his latest project - a new type of creature is
	being bred in pits of mud. One awakens, and immediately
	kills the ORC tending it. SARUMAN seems pleased.



	STRIDER carries FRODO, they stop at the three stone
	TROLLs.

					SAM
		Mr. Frodo? He's going cold!

					PIPPIN
		Is he going to die?

					STRIDER
		He is passing into the shadow world. Soon he
		will become a wraith like them.

	There is a cry, not far enough away.

					MERRY
		They're close!

					STRIDER
		Sam, do you know the Athelas plant?

					SAM
		Athelas?

					STRIDER
		Kingsfoil.

					SAM
		Kingsfoil? Aye, it's a weed.

					STRIDER
		It may help to slow the poison.

	SAM and STRIDER search for plant, STRIDER finds it.

					ARWEN
		What's this? A Ranger caught off his guard?



	FRODO sees ARWEN as she is from the shadow world- a
	beautiful, glowing elf-maiden in white robes.

					ARWEN
		Frodo, I am Arwen. I've come to help you. Hear
		my voice. Return to the light.

	A black stain is spreading across FRODO'S eyes as the
	poison takes over.

		Who is she?

					SAM
		She's an elf!

					ARWEN
		He's fading. He's not going to last. We have
		to get him to my father.

	STRIDER chews up some of the Kingsfoil and presses it into
	the wound.

					ARWEN
		I've been looking for you for two days. There
		are five wraiths behind you. Where the other
		four are I do not know.

	STRIDER lifts FRODO onto ARWEN'S horse.

					STRIDER
		Stay with the hobbits. I will send horses for
		you.

					ARWEN
		I am the faster rider. I will take him.

					STRIDER
		The road is too dangerous.

					ARWEN
		If I can get across the river, the power of my
		people will protect him. I do not fear them.

	ARWEN gets on her horse, behind FRODO.

					STRIDER
		Arwen. Ride hard and don't look back.

					SAM
		What are you doing? Those wraiths are still
		out there!

	ARWEN and FRODO ride, chased by some RINGWRAITHS. WRAITHS
	try to influence FRODO, either to give in to the poison or
	to put the RING on.

					ARWEN
		No! Frodo, you must not!

	They get to the river, ARWEN stops partway across. RIDERS
	or their horses do not want to enter the river.

					N
		Give up the halfling, she-elf!

	ARWEN draws her sword.

					ARWEN
		If you want him, come and claim him!

	RIDERS start to cross the river. ARWEN speaks to the river
	in elvish, and it rises suddenly. A flood of water washes
	down the riverbed, led by white horse-shapes. WRAITHS are
	washed away. FRODO is losing his battle. ARWEN gets off her
	horse, lays him on the ground.

					ARWEN
		No, Frodo! Don't give in! Not now!

					ARWEN
		Let what grace is given me be passed to him.
		Let him be spared. Save him.

	FRODO'S world dissolves into light.



	FRODO wakes up, in bed.

					FRODO
		Where am I?

					GANDALF
		You are in the House of Elrond, and it is ten
		in the morning, on October the 24th, if you
		want to know.

					FRODO
		Gandalf?

					GANDALF
		Yes, I'm here. And you're lucky to be here,
		too. A few more hours and you would have been
		beyond our aid, but you have some strength in
		you, dear hobbit.

					FRODO
		What happened? Why didn't you meet us?

					GANDALF
		I am sorry. I was delayed.



	Top of the tower.

					SARUMAN
		The friendship of Saruman is not lightly cast
		aside. One ill turn deserves another.

	SARUMAN holding GANDALF out over the edge of the tower.

					SARUMAN
		It is over. Embrace the power of the Ring or
		embrace your own destruction.

					GANDALF
		The ring has but one master. Only one may bend
		it to his will, and he does not share power.

	GANDALF jumps off the edge of the tower, King of Eagles
	catches him and they fly away.

					SARUMAN
		So you have chosen death.



					FRODO
		Gandalf, what is it?

					GANDALF
		Nothing.

	SAM comes in, and ELROND.

					SAM
		Bless you, Frodo, you're awake!

					GANDALF
		Sam has hardly left your side.

					SAM
		We were that worried about you, weren't we,
		Mr. Gandalf?

					GANDALF
		Thanks to the skills of Master Elrond, you
		have begun to mend.

					ELROND
		Welcome to Rivendell, Frodo Baggins.



	FRODO meets MERRY and PIPPIN again, and BILBO, looking
	older.

					FRODO
		Bilbo!

					BILBO
		Hello, Frodo, my lad!

	FRODO looking at BILBO'S book.

					FRODO
		There and back again, a hobbit's tale, by
		Bilbo Baggins. This is wonderful!

					BILBO
		I meant to go back, wander the paths of the
		Mirkwood, visit Laketown, see the Lonely
		Mountain again, but age, it seems, has finally
		caught up with me.

					FRODO
		I miss the Shire. I spent all my childhood
		pretending I was somewhere else, off with you
		on one of your adventures, but my own adventure
		turned out to be quite different. I'm not like
		you, Bilbo.

					BILBO
		My dear boy.



	SAM packing.

					SAM
		Now what have I forgotten?

					FRODO
		Packed already?

					SAM
		Doesn't hurt to be prepared.

					FRODO
		I thought you wanted to see the elves, Sam.

					SAM
		I do.

					FRODO
		More than anything.

					SAM
		I did, but... we did what we set off to do,
		didn't we? We got the ring this far, to
		Rivendell, and seeing as how you're on the
		mend, I thought we'd be off soon. Off home.

					FRODO
		You're right, Sam. We did what Gandalf wanted.
		The Ring will be safe in Rivendell. I am ready
		to go home.



	GANDALF and ELROND, watching FRODO and SAM.

					ELROND
		His strength returns.

					GANDALF
		That wound will never fully heal. He will
		carry it for the rest of his life.

					ELROND
		Yet to have come so far still bearing the
		ring, the hobbit has shown remarkable
		resilience to its evil.

					GANDALF
		It is a burden he should never have had to
		bear. We can ask no more of Frodo.

					ELROND
		Gandalf, the Enemy is moving. Sauron's forces
		are massing in the East. The Eye is fixed on
		Rivendell. Now you tell me Saruman has betrayed
		us. The list of our allies grows thin.

					GANDALF
		His treachery goes deeper than you know. At
		Falcraft, Saruman has crossed orcs with goblin
		men. He is breeding an army in the caverns of
		Isengard. An army that can move in sunlight,
		and travel great distances at speed. Saruman is
		coming for the ring.

					ELROND
		This evil cannot be concealed by the power of
		the elves. We do not have the strength to stand
		against Mordor and  Isengard both. The ring
		cannot stay here.

	BOROMIR arrives, and LEGOLAS, and a group of DWARVES.

					ELROND
		This peril belongs to all Middle-Earth, and
		they must decide now how to end it. The age of
		elves is over. My people are leaving these
		shores. Who will you turn to once we are gone?
		The dwarves hide in their mountains seeking
		riches and care not for the troubles of others.

					GANDALF
		We must place our hope in men.

					ELROND
		Men! The race of men is weak, failing. The
		blood of Numenor is all but spent, its pride
		and dignity forgotten. It is because of men
		that the Ring survives. I was there, three
		thousand years ago, when Isildur took the ring.
		I was there when the strength of men failed.

	ISILDUR takes the RING.

					ELROND
		Follow me!

					ELROND
		I led Isildur into the heart of Mount Doom,
		where it was forged, the one place it could be
		destroyed.

					ELROND
		Throw it in the fire! Destroy it!

					ISILDUR
		No.

					ELROND
		Isildur!

					ELROND
		It should have ended that day, but evil was
		allowed to endure. Isildur kept the Ring. The
		line of Kings is broken. There is no strength
		left in the world of men. They are scattered,
		divided, leaderless.

					GANDALF
		There is one who could unite them. Who could
		reclaim the throne of Gondor.

					ELROND
		He turned from that path long ago. He has
		chosen exile.



	STRIDER reading a book.

					BOROMIR
		The shards of Narsil. The blade that cut the
		ring from Sauron's hand.

	He cuts his finger on it.

					BOROMIR
		Still sharp. But no more than a broken hilt.

	The sword falls when BOROMIR tries to replace it on the
	statue. ARAGORN picks it up, and returns it to its place.



					ARWEN
		Why do you fear the past? You are Isildur's
		heir, not Isildur himself. You are not bound to
		his fate.

					STRIDER
		The same blood flows in my veins, the same
		weakness.

					ARWEN
		Your time will come. You will face the same
		evil, and you will defeat it. The shadow does
		not yet hold sway. Not over you, not over me.
		Do you remember the first time we met?

					STRIDER
		I thought I had strayed into a dream.

					ARWEN
		Long years have passed since then. You did not
		have the cares you carry now. Do you remember
		what I told you?

					STRIDER
		You said you would bind yourself to me, and
		forsake the immortal life of your people.

					ARWEN
		And to that I hold. I would rather share one
		lifetime with you than face all the ages of the
		world alone. I choose a mortal life.

	ARWEN gives ARAGORN the flower necklace she wears.

					STRIDER
		You cannot give me this.

					ARWEN
		It is mine to give to whom I will. Like my
		heart.



	A council is gathered of MEN and ELVES and DWARVES and
	FRODO.

					ELROND
		Strangers from distant lands, friends of old.
		You are summoned here to answer the threat of
		Mordor. Middle-Earth stands on the brink of
		destruction. You will unite or you will fall.
		Each race is bound to this fate, this one doom.

					ELROND
		Bring forth the ring, Frodo.

	FRODO puts the RING on the stand in the center of the
	council, and seems much relieved to be rid of it.

		So it is true.

		The Ring of power.

		The doom of man.

					BOROMIR
		It is a gift, a gift to the foes of Mordor.
		Why not use this Ring? Long has my father, the
		Steward of Gondor, kept the forces of Mordor at
		bay. By the blood of my people are your lands
		kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy.
		Let us use it against him.

					STRIDER
		You cannot wield it. None of us can. The ring
		answers to Sauron alone. It has no other
		master.

					BOROMIR
		What would a ranger know of this matter?

					LEGOLAS
		He is no mere ranger. This is Aragorn, son of
		Arathorn. You owe him your allegiance.

					BOROMIR
		This is Isildur's heir?

					LEGOLAS
		And heir to the throne of Gondor.

					STRIDER
		Sit down, Legolas.

					BOROMIR
		Gondor has no king, Gondor needs no king.

					GANDALF
		Aragorn is right. We cannot control it.

					ELROND
		We have but one choice. The ring must be
		destroyed.

	The RING murmurs its displeasure.

					GIMLI
		What are we waiting for?

	GIMLI picks up his axe and hits the RING. FRODO sees the
	eye, and the axe is shattered. GIMLI is knocked to the
	ground.

					ELROND
		The ring cannot be destroyed, Gimli, son of
		Gloin, by any craft that we here possess. It
		was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there
		can it be unmade. It must be taken deep into
		Mordor, and cast back into the fiery chasm from
		which it came. One of you must do this.

	Silence.

					BOROMIR
		One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its
		black gates are guarded by more than orcs.
		There is evil there that does not sleep, and
		the great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren
		wasteland, riddled with fire, ash and dust. The
		very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. It is
		folly. Not with ten thousand men could you do
		this.

					LEGOLAS
		Have you heard nothing that Lord Elrond has
		said? The Ring must be destroyed!

					GIMLI
		And I suppose you think you're the one to do
		it?

					BOROMIR
		And what if we fail? What happens when Sauron
		takes back what is his?

					GIMLI
		I will be dead before I see the Ring in the
		hands of an elf! Never trust an elf!



	The RING chants, telling its name, and its terrible
	purpose, in the language of its master. The council
	dissolves into arguing, flames spread across the ring as it
	feeds their distrust and anger.

					FRODO
		I will take it.

	Arguing continues.

					FRODO
		I will take it!

	GANDALF hears, and it pains him that FRODO must continue
	to carry the RING, but the rest of the council has just
	demonstrated how easily the RING can influence most people.
	Silence returns.

					FRODO
		I will take the ring to Mordor. Though I do
		not know the way.

					GANDALF
		I will help you bear this burden for as long
		as it is yours to bear.

					STRIDER
		If by my life or my death I can protect you, I
		will.

	ARAGORN kneels in front of FRODO.

					STRIDER
		You have my sword.

					LEGOLAS
		And my bow.

					GIMLI
		And my axe.

					BOROMIR
		You carry the fate of us all, little one. But
		if this is truly the will of the council,
		Gondor will see it done.

	SAM runs in.

					SAM
		Here! Mr. Frodo's not going anywhere without
		me.

	SAM takes his place beside FRODO.

					ELROND
		Indeed, it is hardly possible to separate the
		two of you, even when he is summoned to a
		secret council and you are not. Very well.

	MERRY and PIPPIN barge in.

					MERRY
		We're going, too! You'd have to send us home
		tied up in a sack to keep us away.

					PIPPIN
		Anyway, you need people of intelligence on
		this sort of mission. Quest. Thing.

					MERRY
		Well, that rules you out, Pip.

					ELROND
		Nine companions. So be it. You shall be the
		Fellowship of the Ring.

					PIPPIN
		Great. Now, where are we going?



	BILBO gives FRODO his old sword and armor.

					BILBO
		My old sword, Sting. Take it, take it!

					FRODO
		It's so light!

					BILBO
		Yes. Made by the elves, you know. The blade
		glows blue when orcs are close. And it's times
		like those, dear boy, you have to be extra
		careful. Here's a pretty thing.

	BILBO holds up a chainmail vest, sized for a HOBBIT.

					BILBO
		As light as a feather, and as hard as dragon
		scales. Let me see you put it on.

	FRODO starts to take off his shirt.

					BILBO
		Oh, my old ring. I should very much like to
		hold it again, one last time.

	FRODO knows better, and buttons up his shirt again. BILBO
	has an evil moment, then recovers.

					BILBO
		I'm sorry I brought this upon you, my boy. I'm
		sorry you must carry this burden. I'm sorry for
		everything!

	FRODO comforts him.

	The company leaves Rivendell, wanders past ruins, over
	mountains, through fields.

					GANDALF
		We must hold to this course west of the Misty
		Mountains for forty days. If our luck holds,
		the Gap of Rohan will still be open to us, and
		from there our road turns east toward Mordor.

	They stop for lunch, MERRY and PIPPIN practice
	swordfighting with BOROMIR.

					BOROMIR
		Very good. Again!

					GIMLI
		If anyone were to ask my opinion, which I note
		they have not, I would say we're taking the
		long way around! Gandalf, we could go through
		the Mines of Moria. My cousin Balin would give
		us a royal welcome!

					GANDALF
		No, Gimli, I would not take the road through
		Moria unless I had no other choice.

	ARAGORN adds comments.

					STRIDER
		Move your feet!

	BOROMIR accidentally hurts PIPPIN.

					PIPPIN
		Ow!

					BOROMIR
		Sorry!

	PIPPIN drops his sword, kicks BOROMIR in the shins and
	tackles him. MERRY joins in, and the two of them wrestle
	BOROMIR to the ground. LEGOLAS notices something on the
	horizon.

					SAM
		What's that?

					GIMLI
		It's nothing, just a wisp of cloud.

	Everyone looks.

					BOROMIR
		It's moving fast, against the wind.

					LEGOLAS
		Crebain from Dunland! Hide!

	Everyone gathers possessions, they put out the fire and
	take cover. When crows leave, they come out again.

					GANDALF
		Spies for Saruman. The passage south is being
		watched. We will have to go over the pass of
		Caradhras.

	Climbing a snowy mountain, FRODO falls and rolls down.
	STRIDER catches him, but the ring is missing. BOROMIR picks
	it up.

					STRIDER
		Boromir.

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

					STRIDER
		Boromir! Give the ring to Frodo.

					BOROMIR
		As you wish. I care not.

	But he too obviously does care, and when BOROMIR turns
	away, STRIDER takes his hand off his sword.

	The crows return to Isengard, report to SARUMAN.

					SARUMAN
		So, you tried to lead them over Caradhras. And
		if that fails? Where will you go? If the
		mountain defeats you, will you risk a more
		dangerous road?

	LEGOLAS runs atop the snow while the others struggle
	through it. Stands at the edge of a cliff, listening.

					LEGOLAS
		There is a fell voice on the air!

					GANDALF
		Saruman!

	Rocks fall from the side of the mountain, followed by
	snow.

					STRIDER
		He's trying to bring down the mountain! We
		must turn back!

					GANDALF
		No!

	GANDALF tries to stop the storm, but SARUMAN is
	reinforcing it from Isengard. Lightning strikes the
	mountain, and LEGOLAS pulls GANDALF back from the edge just
	before snow falls and buries them all. One by one, they dig
	out or shake the snow off.

					STRIDER
		We must get off the mountain!

					BOROMIR
		We must take the Pass of Rohan, or take the
		road west to my city!

					STRIDER
		Rohan takes us too close to Isengard!

					GIMLI
		If we cannot go over the mountain, I say let
		us go under it!

					SARUMAN
		Moria. You fear to go into those mines. The
		dwarves delved too greedily and too deep. You
		know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad-
		Dum. Shadow and flame.

					GANDALF
		Let the Ringbearer decide!

					FRODO
		We will go through the mines!

					GANDALF
		So be it.



					GIMLI
		The walls of Moria.

	They walk next to a dark lake. FRODO'S foot slips in the
	water, and he scrambles back. They reach a wall framed by
	two great trees. GANDALF scrubs away dirt to find a pattern
	on the wall.

					GANDALF
		Isildin. It mirrors only starlight and
		moonlight.

	Moon comes out, showing the shape of a door, with writing
	above in elvish.

					GANDALF
		It reads, The Gates of Durin, Lord of Moria.
		Speak Friend and enter.

					PIPPIN
		What do you suppose it means?

					GANDALF
		Simple. If you are a friend, you speak the
		password, and the doors open.

	GANDALF tries a number of passwords, but none of them
	work. ARAGORN and SAM unload the pony and let him go.

					STRIDER
		The mines are no place for a pony, even one so
		brave as Bill. Go on.

					SAM
		Bye bye, Bill.

					STRIDER
		Don't worry, Sam, he knows the way home.

	MERRY or PIPPIN is throwing rocks in the water, ARAGORN
	stops him.

					STRIDER
		Don't disturb the water!

	BOROMIR shares his suspicion.

					GANDALF
		This is useless!

	Having tried any number of passwords, GANDALF sits down in
	disgust.

					FRODO
		It's a riddle. What's the Elvish word for
		friend?

					GANDALF
		Mellon.

	The gates open. They go in.

					GIMLI
		Soon, mister elf, you will enjoy the fabled
		hospitality of the dwarves! Roaring fires, malt
		beer, red meat off the bone! This is the home
		of my cousin Balin. And they call it a mine. A
		mine!

					BOROMIR
		This is no mine, it's a tomb.

	Light reveals skeletons all over

					GIMLI
		No!

	LEGOLAS pulls an arrow out of one of the skeletons.

					LEGOLAS
		Goblins!

					BOROMIR
		We make for the Gap of Rohan! We should never
		have come here! Get out! Get out!

	FRODO is grabbed by a tentacle from the water.

					SAM
		Strider!

	SAM cuts off the tentacle, then a dozen more push the
	HOBBITS away while one grabs FRODO.

	Tentacles dangle FRODO far above the water. ARAGORN and
	BOROMIR chop off tentacles. When a head shows, and a giant
	mouth, LEGOLAS puts arrows in it. ARAGORN chops off the
	tentacle holding FRODO, BOROMIR catches him when he falls.
	LEGOLAS puts an arrow in one of the KRAKEN'S eyes, giving
	ARAGORN and BOROMIR time to get out of the water.

					GANDALF
		Into the mines!

	They retreat to the mine. KRAKEN crumbles the gate behind
	them.

					GANDALF
		Now we have but one choice. We must face the
		long dark of Moria. Be on your guard! There are
		older and fouler things than orcs in the deep
		places of the world. It is a four day journey
		to the other side. Let us hope our presence may
		go unnoticed.

	PIPPIN almost falls down the stairs, which are steep and
	cluttered with debris.

					MERRY
		Pippin!

	They come to the top of the stairs.

					GANDALF
		I have no memory of this place.

					PIPPIN
		Are we lost?

					MERRY
		No, we're not lost.

					PIPPIN
		I think we're lost.

					MERRY
		Quiet, Gandalf's thinking.

					PIPPIN
		Merry? I'm hungry.

	FRODO sees something behind them.

					FRODO
		There's something down there.

					GANDALF
		It's Gollum. He's been following us for three
		days.

					FRODO
		He escaped from the dungeons of Barad-dur!

					GANDALF
		Escaped, or was set loose. Gollum hates and
		loves the ring, as he hates and loves himself.
		He will never be free of his need for it.

					FRODO
		Pity Bilbo didn't kill him when he had the
		chance.

					GANDALF
		Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand.
		Many who live deserve death, and some who die
		deserve life. Can you give it to them? Do not
		be too eager to deal out death in judgment.
		Even the very wise cannot see all ends, but my
		heart tells me that Gollum still has a part to
		play, for good or ill. Before this is over, the
		pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.

					FRODO
		I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish
		none of this had ever happened.

					GANDALF
		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 we are
		given. There are other forces at work in the
		world than the will of evil. Bilbo was
		meant to find the ring, which means that
		you also were meant to have it. And that
		is an encouraging thought. Ah! It's this way.

					MERRY
		He's remembered!

					GANDALF
		No, but the air smells less foul down here.
		When in doubt, Meriadoc, always follow your
		nose.



					GANDALF
		Let me risk a little more light.

	They see a huge cavern, held up with immense pillars.

					GANDALF
		Behold! The great realm of the dwarven city of
		Dwarrowdelf.

					SAM
		Well, that's an eye-opener and no mistake!

	GIMLI sees a door, runs through it.

					GANDALF
		Gimli!

	The others follow, find GIMLI grieving over a tomb.
	GANDALF reads the dwarven runes on the top of the tomb.

					GANDALF
		Here lies Balin, son of Hrundin, Lord of
		Moria. He is dead then. It is as I feared.

	GANDALF finds a book held by a skeleton leaning against
	the tomb.

					LEGOLAS
		We must move on. We cannot linger here.

					GANDALF
		They have taken the bridge, and the second
		hall. The ground shakes. We have barred the
		gates, but cannot hold them for long. A shadow
		moves in the dark. Drums, drums in the deep. We
		cannot get out. We cannot get out. They are
		coming.

	PIPPIN knocks a skeleton into the well, which makes a
	little more than enough noise to wake the dead.

					GANDALF
		Fool of a Took! Next time, throw yourself in,
		and rid us of your stupidity!

	There is a pause where it seems they might not have been
	heard, then drums start pounding. FRODO'S sword is glowing
	blue.

					LEGOLAS
		Orcs!

	BOROMIR checks out the door, almost gets hit by two
	arrows, shuts the door.

					BOROMIR
		They have a cave troll.

					STRIDER
		Stay back, close to Gandalf!

	They bar the door with the weapons of the dead.

					GIMLI
		Let them come! There is one dwarf yet in Moria
		who still draws breath!

	ORCS break holes in the door. LEGOLAS and ARAGORN shoot
	arrows through the holes and kill the ORCS on the other
	side. Finally, the doors break open and ORCS flood in. All
	the companions join in the fighting, even the HOBBITS. Then
	the TROLL comes through the door and part of the wall. SAM
	slips under him. Many ORCS killed. The TROLL smashes the
	tomb GIMLI is standing on top of, but misses GIMLI, then
	kills several of the ORCS in its attempt to get the dwarf.
	The TROLL uses its chain like a whip, trying to hit
	LEGOLAS, who dodges. The chain becomes momentarily caught
	around a pillar, and LEGOLAS runs up it to stand on top of
	the TROLL and gets a shot at its head, but jumps off when
	the TROLL grabs for his ankles. SAM hits several ORCS over
	the head with his frying pan.

					SAM
		I think I'm getting the hang of this!

	TROLL catches sight of the three HOBBITS. They all dodge,
	but FRODO goes one way and MERRY and PIPPIN the other. The
	TROLL follows FRODO, who manages to stay on the opposite
	side of the pillar from the TROLL for a while, but then he
	is surprised, falls down, and the TROLL grabs his foot.

					FRODO
		Aragorn! Help!

	FRODO cuts the TROLL'S hand with Sting, and it lets go.
	TROLL reaches for FRODO again, but ARAGORN runs over and
	stabs it with a spear, prompting the TROLL to smash him
	into the wall. FRODO shakes ARAGORN, but he doesn't get up.
	TROLL stabs at ARAGORN, but renews its interest in FRODO
	when he moves. FRODO dodges the spear, then runs into it
	and gets thrown against the wall. Before he can move, the
	TROLL stabs him with the spear. FRODO falls, with the spear
	in his side. MERRY and PIPPIN jump on the TROLL'S back and
	stab it wildly. TROLL grabs MERRY and throws him off,
	PIPPIN stabs it again, when it rears up, LEGOLAS kills the
	TROLL with an arrow through the brain. PIPPIN has a hard
	landing, still being on top of the TROLL when it falls.

					STRIDER
		Oh, no.

	Thinking he's dead, STRIDER rolls FRODO over, but he sits
	up.

					SAM
		He's alive!

					FRODO
		I'm all right, I'm not hurt.

					STRIDER
		You should be dead! That spear would have
		skewered a wild boar!

					GANDALF
		I think there is more to this hobbit than
		meets the eye.

	FRODO pulls open his shirt to reveal a Mithril vest.

					GIMLI
		Mithril! You are full of surprises, Mr.
		Baggins!

	More ORCS approach.

					GANDALF
		To the bridge of Khazad-Dum!

	They run through the cavern, but become surrounded by
	ORCS. There is a roar in the distance. The ORCS all run
	away.

					BOROMIR
		What is this new devilry?

					GANDALF
		A balrog. A demon of the ancient world. This
		foe is beyond any of you. Run!

	They run. BOROMIR abruptly comes to the edge of the path,
	drops his torch and teeters on the edge of a very long
	drop. LEGOLAS pulls him back from the edge.

					GANDALF
		Lead them on, Aragorn! The bridge is near. Do
		as I say! Swords are no more use here!

	They come to a gap in the apparently endless staircase,
	which LEGOLAS jumps across easily. GANDALF follows after a
	moment's hesitation. BOROMIR grabs MERRY and PIPPIN, jumps
	across as the edge crumbles. STRIDER throws SAM across, but
	GIMLI holds up a hand.

					GIMLI
		Nobody tosses a dwarf!

	GIMLI jumps, but doesn't quite make it, and LEGOLAS grabs
	his beard to keep him from falling.

					GIMLI
		Not the beard!

	More breaks off the edge, FRODO and STRIDER scramble back.
	The gap is now too far to jump. Part of roof breaks off,
	breaks the section FRODO and STRIDER are on loose from the
	rest of the stair. It starts to tilt. Trying to keep his
	balance, STRIDER finds he can influence the direction the
	stair falls.

					STRIDER
		Lean forward!

	They do, and the section falls forward into the rest of
	the stair, allowing FRODO and STRIDER to rejoin the party.
	They keep running as the enormous section of stair falls
	into the abyss. They manage to get down the stairs to level
	ground without more trouble. As they run toward the bridge,
	the BALROG emerges from the chasm behind them. GANDALF
	makes sure everyone is across the bridge before he makes
	his stand. In the center of the bridge, he turns to face
	the demon, staff and sword in hand.

					GANDALF
		You cannot pass.

					FRODO
		Gandalf!

	A wave of flame spreads across the BALROG.

					GANDALF
		I am a servant of the secret fire, wielder of
		the flame of Anor! Dark fire shall not avail
		you, flame of Udun!

	BALROG draws a flaming sword and swings at GANDALF, but he
	blocks it.

					GANDALF
		Go back to the shadow! You shall not
		pass!

	GANDALF slams his staff on the ground, and a flash of
	white light drives the BALROG back. The demon draws a whip
	of fire, steps onto the bridge, and the bridge gives way,
	dropping the BALROG into the chasm. It seems they have won,
	but as he turns away, the tail of the whip catches
	GANDALF'S ankle and pulls him down. He gets a brief grasp
	on the edge of the bridge.

					GANDALF
		Fly, you fools!

	And GANDALF follows his enemy into the abyss.

					FRODO
		No!

	FRODO tries to return to the bridge, but BOROMIR holds him
	back.

					BOROMIR
		Aragorn!

	BOROMIR carries FRODO away. ARAGORN pauses, looking back
	until ORC arrows drive him away. The diminished group
	escapes into the sunlight before most collapse with grief,
	weeping for the loss of their friend. LEGOLAS seems
	stunned. ARAGORN becomes their leader.

					STRIDER
		Legolas, get them up!

					BOROMIR
		Give them a moment, for pity's sake!

					STRIDER
		By nightfall these hills will be crawling with
		orcs! We must reach the woods of Lothlorien.
		Gimli, Legolas, get them up! On your feet, Sam.
		Frodo?

	FRODO has drawn away from the rest. Tears spill down his
	face.



	ARAGORN jogs across a very cold stream to see LOTHLORIEN
	in the distance. After some travel, they enter LOTHLORIEN,
	a wood of silver trees.

					GIMLI
		Stay close, young hobbits. They say a great
		sorceress lives here, an elf-witch of terrible
		power. All those who look upon her fall under
		her spell, and are never seen again.

					GALADRIEL
		Frodo. Your coming is as the footsteps of
		doom. You bring a great evil here, Ringbearer.

					GIMLI
		Well, this is one dwarf she won't ensnare so
		easily! I have the eyes of a hawk, and the ears
		of a fox!

	Suddenly, they are all surrounded by ELVES with drawn
	bows.

					HALDIR
		The dwarf breathes so loudly we could have
		shot him in the dark.

					STRIDER
		Haldir of Lorien. We have come for help. We
		need your protection.

					GIMLI
		Aragorn, these woods are perilous! We should
		go back!

					HALDIR
		You have entered the realm of the Lady of the
		Wood. You cannot go back. Come. She is waiting.

	They enter the elf city in the trees, are brought before
	Celeborn and GALADRIEL.



					CELEBORN
		Eight there are here, but nine there were set
		out from Rivendell. Where is Gandalf, for I
		much desire to speak with him.

					GALADRIEL
		He is fallen into shadow. The quest stands on
		the edge of a knife, stray but a little and it
		will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains
		as long as the company is true. Do not let your
		hearts be troubled. Go now, and rest, for you
		are weary with toil and much sorrow. Tonight
		you shall sleep in peace.

					GALADRIEL
		Welcome, Frodo of the Shire, one who has seen
		the Eye.

	There is singing in the background while they camp, more
	comfortable on the ground than in the trees.

					LEGOLAS
		A lament for Gandalf.

		What do they say about him?

					LEGOLAS
		I have not the heart to tell you. For me the
		grief is still too near.

					STRIDER
		Take some rest, Boromir. These borders are
		well protected.

					BOROMIR
		I shall find no rest here. I heard a voice
		inside my head. She spoke of my father and the
		fall of Gondor. She said to me, even now, there
		is hope left, but I cannot see it. It is long
		since we had any hope. My father is a noble
		man, but Izual is failing, and the people lose
		faith. My father looks to me to set it right,
		and I would do it, I would see the glory of
		Gondor restored. Have you seen it, Aragorn? The
		white tower of Ecthelion glimmering like a
		spike of pearl and silver, its banners caught
		high in the morning breeze. Have you ever been
		called home by the clear ringing of silver
		trumpets?

					STRIDER
		I have seen the White City, long ago.

					BOROMIR
		One day, our paths will lead us there, and the
		tower guard will take up the call, 'the lords
		of Gondor have returned!'

	ARAGORN makes no promises.



	The company sleeps, and when GALADRIEL passes, only FRODO
	wakes. He follows her to a basin set in stone, which she
	fills with water from a silver urn.

					GALADRIEL
		Will you look into the mirror?

					FRODO
		What will I see?

					GALADRIEL
		Not even the wisest can say, for the mirror
		shows many things. Things that are, things that
		were, and some things that have not yet come to
		pass.

	FRODO looks into the mirror, and sees LEGOLAS, MERRY and
	PIPPIN, then SAM. The Shire as it was, then the Shire
	ravaged, overrun with ORCS, and SAM in chains. Then the EYE
	appears, and the RING grows heavier, trying to pull itself
	down into the mirror. FRODO snatches it away, falls
	backward onto the ground.

					GALADRIEL
		I know what it is you have seen, for it is
		also in my mind. It is what will come to pass
		if you should fail. The Fellowship is breaking.
		Already it has begun. He will try to take the
		ring. You know of whom I speak. One by one, it
		will destroy them all.

					FRODO
		If you ask it of me, I will give you the One
		Ring.

					GALADRIEL
		You offer it to me freely. I do not deny that
		my heart has greatly desired this.

	A dark light comes over her as she touches the power of
	the One RING.

					GALADRIEL
		Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a
		queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as
		the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger
		than the foundations of the earth! All shall
		love me and despair!

	GALADRIEL backs away from the RING, but for a moment, she
	looks old, and it seems to bring her no joy to have done
	the right thing.

					GALADRIEL
		I passed the test. I will diminish, and go
		into the west, and remain Galadriel.

					FRODO
		I cannot do this alone.

					GALADRIEL
		You are a Ringbearer, Frodo. To bear a ring of
		power is to be alone. This task was appointed
		to you, and if you do not find a way, no one
		will.

					FRODO
		Then, I know what I must do. It's just I am
		afraid to do it.

					GALADRIEL
		Even the smallest person can change the course
		of the future.



	SARUMAN talking to the first URUK-HAI.

					SARUMAN
		Do you know how orcs first came into being?
		They were elves once, taken by the dark powers,
		tortured, mutilated. A ruined and terrible fall
		of life. And now perfected, my fighting Uruk-
		Hai. Whom do you serve?

		Saruman.

	Now SARUMAN addresses the army of URUK-HAI.

					SARUMAN
		Hunt them down. Do not stop until you have
		found them. You do not know pain, you do not
		know fear, you will taste man-flesh! One of the
		halflings carries something of great value.
		Bring them to me alive, and unspoiled! Kill the
		others.



	The company departs in three small boats.

					GALADRIEL
		Farewell, Frodo Baggins. I give you the light
		of Earendil, our most beloved star. Numarii.
		May it be a light for you in dark places, where
		all other lights go out.

	They paddle down the river a long ways.

	URUK-HAI on the march.

	The company comes to a bend in the river and ARAGORN taps
	FRODO'S shoulder.

					STRIDER
		Frodo. The Aragornath. Long have I desired to
		look upon the kings of old, my kin.

	There are two enormous statues of MEN in armor flanking
	the river, their left hands outstretched in a gesture of
	warding. The company goes past them, into a lake, where
	they find an old moorage and beach their boats.

					STRIDER
		We cross at nightfall, hide the boats and
		continue on foot. We approach Mordor from the
		north.

					GIMLI
		Oh? Just a simple matter of finding our way
		across Emyn Muil, an impassable labyrinth of
		razor-sharp rocks! And then it gets even
		better! Festering, stinking marshlands as far
		as the eye can see!

					STRIDER
		That is our road, sir dwarf. Perhaps you
		should take some rest, and recover your
		strength.

					GIMLI
		Recover my...!

					LEGOLAS
		We should leave now.

					STRIDER
		No. Orcs patrol the eastern shore. We must
		wait for the cover of darkness.

					LEGOLAS
		It is not the eastern shore that worries me. A
		shadow and a threat has been growing in my
		mind. Something draws near, I can feel it.

					GIMLI
		Recover my strength! Pay no heed to that,
		young hobbits.

	MERRY returns from gathering firewood.

					MERRY
		Where is Frodo?

	ARAGORN looks around and realizes BOROMIR is also missing.



	FRODO walks in the forest, BOROMIR finds him.

					BOROMIR
		None of us should wander alone, you least of
		all. So much depends on you. Frodo? I know why
		you seek solitude. You suffer, I see it day by
		day. Be sure you do not suffer needlessly.
		There are other ways, Frodo, other paths we
		might take.

					FRODO
		I know what you would say, and it would sound
		like wisdom, but for the warning in my heart.

					BOROMIR
		Warning? Against what? They are all afraid,
		but to let that fear drive us to destroy what
		hope we have... Don't you see? It's madness.

					FRODO
		There is no other way.

					BOROMIR
		Why do you recoil? I am no thief.

					FRODO
		You are not yourself!

					BOROMIR
		I ask only for the strength to defend my
		people! If you would but lend me the
		ring.

					FRODO
		No!

					BOROMIR
		What chance do you think you have? They will
		find you, they will take the ring, and you will
		beg for death before the end! It is not yours
		save by a happenstance. It could have been
		mine. It should have been mine! Give it to me!

					FRODO
		No!

	They struggle, FRODO puts on the ring and disappears.

					BOROMIR
		I see your mind! You would take the ring to
		Sauron! You will betray us! You go to your
		death, and the death of us all! Curse you!
		Curse all you halflings!

	BOROMIR falls, and seems to recover himself.

					BOROMIR
		Frodo? Frodo? What have I done? Frodo, I'm
		sorry!

	FRODO runs away, with the ring on. He hides atop a stone
	platform in the woods, looks east and sees BARAD-DUR, and
	army of ORCS, and the EYE. He falls off the platform and
	takes off the ring. ARAGORN arrives.

					STRIDER
		Frodo?

					FRODO
		It has taken Boromir.

					STRIDER
		Where is the ring?

	FRODO backs away.

					FRODO
		Stay away!

					STRIDER
		Frodo? I swore to protect you.

					FRODO
		Can you protect me from yourself? Would
		you destroy it?

	ARAGORN resists the ring, but leaves it with FRODO.

					STRIDER
		I would have gone with you to the end, into
		the very fires of Mordor.

					FRODO
		I know. Take care of the others. Especially
		Sam, he will not understand.

					STRIDER
		Go, Frodo!

	Sting is glowing.

					STRIDER
		Run! Run!

					URUK
		Find the Halflings! Find the Halflings!

	ARAGORN fights a lot of ORCS. When the ORCS return to
	hunting halflings, he jumps off the platform onto them.
	LEGOLAS and GIMLI join him. When one ORC gets too close to
	shoot, LEGOLAS stabs him in the eye with the arrow he is
	holding, then puts it in his bow to kill the next one, too.
	FRODO runs away, sees MERRY and PIPPIN hiding.

					PIPPIN
		Here, Frodo, hide here!

	FRODO shakes his head.

					PIPPIN
		What's he doing?

					MERRY
		He's leaving.

					PIPPIN
		No, Frodo!

	PIPPIN bolts from his hiding place, only to realize that
	he has been seen by ORCS. MERRY determines that they must
	provide a distraction so that FRODO can get away.

					MERRY
		Run, Frodo. Go.

	MERRY waves his arms at the approaching ORCS.

					MERRY
		Hey, you, over here, this way!

	MERRY and PIPPIN run, leading a pack of ORCS. FRODO runs
	the other way.

					PIPPIN
		It's working!

					MERRY
		I know it's working, run!

	BOROMIR kills a bunch of ORCS defending MERRY and PIPPIN.
	His horn brings friends and enemies alike. BOROMIR gets
	shot three times before he stops killing ORCS. MERRY and
	PIPPIN get kidnapped, and the ORCS leave BOROMIR alive
	since he can no longer fight. The URUK-HAI is going to
	finish him off, but ARAGORN arrives, and manages to kill
	him after extended fighting. Returns to BOROMIR after.

					BOROMIR
		They took the little ones.

					STRIDER
		Stay still.

					BOROMIR
		Frodo. Where is Frodo?

					STRIDER
		I let Frodo go.

					BOROMIR
		Then you did what I could not. I tried to take
		the ring from him.

					STRIDER
		The ring is beyond our reach now.

					BOROMIR
		Forgive me. I did not see it. I have failed
		you all.

					STRIDER
		No, Boromir. You fought bravely. You have kept
		your honor.

	ARAGORN reaches to pull out one of the arrows, but BOROMIR
	stops him.

					BOROMIR
		Leave it. It's over. The world of men will
		fail. All will fall into darkness, and my city
		to ruin.

					STRIDER
		I know not what strength lies in my blood, but
		I swear to you I will not let the White City
		fall, nor our people fail.

					BOROMIR
		Our people. Our people.

	ARAGORN gives BOROMIR back his sword.

					BOROMIR
		I would have followed you, my brother, my
		captain, my king.

	BOROMIR dies.

					STRIDER
		Be at peace, son of Gondor.

	FRODO at the boats, holding the RING in his hand.

	SAM searching for him.

					SAM
		Frodo! Mr. Frodo!

					FRODO
		I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish
		none of this had ever happened.

					GANDALF
		So do all who live to see such times, but that
		is not for them to decide. All you have to
		decide is what to do with the time that is
		given you.

	FRODO regains his resolution, tucks the RING in his pocket
	and jumps in boat. SAM arrives on shore.

					SAM
		Frodo! Mr. Frodo!

					FRODO
		No, Sam.

	SAM starts wading in.

					FRODO
		Go back, Sam. I'm going to Mordor alone!

					SAM
		Of course you are, and I'm coming with you!

	SAM keeps going, well into the lake.

					FRODO
		You can't swim! Sam!

	SAM gets in over his head, FRODO turns around and pulls
	him into the boat.

					SAM
		I made a promise, Mr. Frodo. A promise. Don't
		you leave him, Samwise Gamgee, and I don't mean
		to. I don't mean to.

					FRODO
		Oh, Sam. Come on.

	They hug, then start paddling across the lake.

	BOROMIR'S body, in one of the boats, floats over the
	waterfall. LEGOLAS pushes the last boat to the water.

					LEGOLAS
		Hurry! Frodo and Sam have reached the eastern
		shore!

	ARAGORN buckles on BOROMIR'S bracers, with the white tree
	of Gondor. LEGOLAS realizes that ARAGORN isn't coming.

					LEGOLAS
		You mean not to follow them.

					STRIDER
		Frodo's fate no longer rests in our hands.

					GIMLI
		Then it was all in vain. The Fellowship has
		failed.

					STRIDER
		Not as long as we remain true to each other.
		We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to torment
		and death. Not while we have strength left.
		Leave all that can be spared behind, we travel
		light. Let us hunt some orc.

	GIMLI and LEGOLAS agree, and the three set off in pursuit.



	FRODO and SAM reach a height from which they can see the
	path ahead.

					FRODO
		Mordor. I hope the others find a safer road.

					SAM
		Strider will take care of them.

					FRODO
		I don't suppose we'll ever see them again.

					SAM
		We may yet, Mr. Frodo. We may.

					FRODO
		Sam, I'm glad you're with me.

	THE END