Scene 33 ~ Moria
Fellowship walk through a misty, rocky valley
|Frodo, come and help an old man (he
puts his arm around Frodo and continues walking) How's your shoulder?
|(looking up at Gandalf concerned)
Better than it was
|and the Ring ? (he pauses and Frodo
looks up at him) You feel its power growing don't you. I've felt it
too. You must be careful now. Evil will be drawn to you from
outside the Fellowship and I fear from within. (one of the Fellowship walks
past and Gandalf looks up, Frodo looks worried)
|Who then do I trust ?
|You must trust to yourself. Trust your own strength.
|What do you mean ?
|There are many powers in this world for good or for evil.
Some are greater than I am and against some I have not yet been tested
|(pauses and points) Ah!
The walls of Moria!
|In front of
them a great sheer flat cliff face appears
|Dwarf doors are invisible when closed
(he taps the wall with his axe)
|Yes Gimli! Their own masters cannot find them, if their
secrets are forgotten!
|Why doesn't that surprise me!
stumbles and his foot slips into the edge of a lake. He looks around
worried. The Fellowship continue to walk on. Gandalf stops and
rubs his hand over a smooth part of the wall.
|Ah... now let me see.... Ithildin (his
hands brush away the dirt to reveal patterns in the stone) It mirrors
only starlight...(he looks up to see the clouds move
away from the moon) and moonlight
|As he speaks
the patterning on the door shines brightly revealing an ornate door, with
elvish writing above it on the arch. Gimli looks in awe. Gandalf
points at the writing with his staff
|It reads "The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria, Speak Friend
|What do you suppose that means ?
|Oh it's quite simple. If you are a friend, you speak
the password and the doors will open (he turns back to
the door and holds his staff against the star in the center of it)
Annon Edhellen, edro hi ammen! (Gate of the Elves, open now for me!)
widely, but nothing happens. Gandalf looks confused and clears his
throat. He holds up both his hands
|Fennas Nogothrim, lasto beth lammen. (Doorway of the
Dwarf-folk, listen to the word of my tongue.)
happens. Gimli grunts. Legolas looks at him
|(speaking to Legolas) Nothing's
|(walks up to the door and tries to
push it) I once knew every spell in all the tongues of elves, men and
|What're you going to do then ?
|Knock your head against these doors Peregrin Took! and if
that does not shatter them and I'm allowed a little peace from foolish
questions I will try to find the opening words.
Fellowship are sitting waiting for Gandalf to come up with the right words.
They sit around on the rocks. Gandalf mutters
|Ando Eldarinwa…a lasta quettanya, Fenda Casarinwa… (Gate
of Elves…listen to my word, Threshold of Dwarves…)
helping Sam remove the baggage from Bill the pony
|The Mines are no place for a pony even one so brave as Bill.
|Go on, go on (he gives him a push)
Don't worry Sam. He knows the way home.
(Sam looks on concerned and the pony walks away)
throwing rocks into the lake. Pippin joins him
|(grabbing Pippin) Do not
disturb the water (he looks out at it concerned)
|(throws down his staff and walks
towards Frodo who is sitting down) Oh it's useless
watching the water as ripples start to appear. Boromir walks up behind
him and looks concerned
Frodo suddenly stands up and looks at the door's writing
|It's a riddle!
on the water turn to waves. Pippin looks worried
|Speak friend... and enter. What's the elvish word for
move towards the shore
|A great crack
is heard and the doors swing open. Gandalf chuckles. Gimli
removes his pipe from his mouth and looks round. The Fellowship get up as
Gandalf leads the way through the doors, placing a crystal in the top of his
staff. Aragorn looks backwards at the lake before entering.
|Soon Mr Elf, you will enjoy the fabelled hospitality of the
dwarves. Roaring fires! Malt Beer! Red Meat off the bone!
on the crystal in his staff and it lights up
|This my friend is the home of my cousin Balin and they call
it a Mine!
reveals many dead corpses and skeletons on the stairs in front of them
|(looking around him) This isn't
a mine, it's a tomb
|They all look
about them to see the skeletons of dwarves with arrows sticking out of them
|(running to a corpse) Nooooo!
|(pulling an arrow from a skeleton.
He looks at it in distaste) Goblins! (He throws
Boromir draw their swords and Legolas loads his bow with an arrow
|We make for the gap of Rohan. We should never have
huddle together backing out of the mines
|Now get out of here! Get out!
Frodo falls. He has been grabbed by a large tenticle that has crept
into the mine from the water.
|MERRY AND PIPPIN:
pulls Frodo out of the cave
slashes at the tenticle with his sword and frees Frodo.) Get off him!
other two hobbits drag him backwards
withdraws. The suddenly many tenticles jump out of the water, knocking
the hobbits over and grabbing Frodo by the leg, pull him back and dangle him
in the air above the water.
appears and fires an arrow at it, but the creature does not let go.
Boromir slash at the tenticles, cutting them off, but more appear. Frodo is
drawn into the center where a body appears and a huge gaping mouth with
great teeth. He screams. Boromir cuts through a tenticle,
Aragorn cuts through the tenticle holding Frodo. Frodo falls and
Boromir catches him
|Into the Mines!
shouts as the creature advances on Aragorn and Boromir (still carrying
Frodo) who are struggling to get out of the water. Legolas fires an
arrow into the creature's body. It
groans and backs off momentarily. The Fellowship hurry through the
door with the creature following them. It tears at the doorway,
bringing it crashing down and blocking the entrance.
Scene 34 ~ A Journey in the Dark
|In the dark,
Gandalf lights his staff
|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 orcs
in the deep places of the world (he walks off leading
the way up the steps) Quietly now, its a four day journey to the other side.
Let us hope that our presence may go unnoticed.
through great caverns, over narrow bridges and through disused mines, with
abandoned ladders, and chains. Gandalf stops as he notices silvery
white lines in the rockface and gently touches them.
|The wealth of Moria is not in gold, or jewels, but Mithril
|He shines his
staff into the cavern below and everyone looks down in awe at the intense
|Bilbo had a shirt of mithril rings that Thorin gave him
|Aww that was a Kingly gift
|Yes. I never told him, but its worth was greater than
the value of The Shire! (Frodo looks astonished)
to climb up some very steep steps. Pippin slips on them
|They reach a
junction with three doorways in front of them. Gandalf looks around
|I've no memory of this place
fellowship sit down to wait, whilst Gandalf smoking his pipe tries to decide
which way to go.
|Are we lost ?
|I think we are
|Ssh! Gandalf's thinking
behind him, then suddenly turns as he sees a creature climbing up the stairs
behind them. He runs up to Gandalf
|There's something down there
|He's been following us for three days
|He escaped the dungeons of Barad-Dûr!
|Escaped (he turns to face Frodo)
or was set loose and now the Ring has drawn him here
(Gollum's hand reaches for a rung on a ladder and his face appears, looking)
He won't ever 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
(he shakes his head). Yes
(nodding) he was once called, before the Ring
found him. Before it drove him mad
|It's a pity Bilbo didnt kill him when he had the chance
|Pity ? It was pity that stayed Bilbo's hand.
Many that live deserve death and many that die, deserve life. Can you give
it to them Frodo ? Do not be too eager to deal out death and judgement 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.
(Frodo glances back and Gollum quitely slips away)
The pity of Bilbo, may rule the fate of many (Frodo
turns away slightly distressed)
|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 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.
(he raises his eyebrows)
Oh! Its that way
|He's remembered (he jumps up)
|(at the entrance to one doorway)
No, but the air doesnt smell so foul down here. If in doubt, Meriadoc,
always follow your nose.
|They all get
up and follow Gandalf out. They come out of the passageway into a great
cavern with many columns arising from floor to ceiling
|Let me risk a little more light (he
holds up his staff and shines its light on the cavern) Behold the
great realm and dwarf city of Dwarrowdelf.
|A huge cavern
is revealed, filled with ornate columns stretching as far as the eye can see
|There's an eye-opener and no mistake
through the center of the magnificient city.
Scene 35 ~ Balin's Tomb
Gimli spots a room in front of them and runs towards it
in front of the tomb in the centre of the room
|No, no (he bows his head) no
|The rest of
the Fellowship follow him in. Gandalf walks up to the tomb and reads
the Dwarven rhunes inscripted upon it
|Here lies Balin, son of Fundin, Lord of Moria.
(Gimli is distraught) He is dead then.
(he removes his hat) Its as I feared.
Gandalf notices a skeleton next to the tomb holding a large book. He
passes his hat and staff to Pippin and picks it up. Pages fall out of
it. Gandalf blows off the dust.
|(to Aragorn) We must move on,
we cannot linger.
|(reading from the book)
They have taken the Bridge and the second hall. We have barred the
gates, but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes. Drums
(Pippin is walking backwards looking around him)
Drums in the deep. We cannot get out. (everyone is
looking around them nervously) A shadow moves in the dark.
(Pippin glances behind him at a well on which a
skeleton is sat holding chains) We cannot get out. They are
reaches out a hand to touch the arrow in the skeleton's hand. Its head falls
off and into the well, bouncing off the walls. Gandalf turns around swiftly
as the whole skeleton, and the chains it holds fall into the well. It
bounces down, echoes are heard throughout the mines. Pippin grimaces.
Everyone holds their breath, but nothing is heard. Aragorn and Boromir
breathe a sigh of relief.
|(closing the book) Fool of a
Took! (he puts down the book and takes back his
hat and staff) Throw yourself in next time, and rid us of your
folorn. As Gandalf turns away a drum is heard. The drums get louder
and faster. Everyone looks around. Sam looks at Frodo's sword
unsheaths his sword which is glowing blue. A screeching is heard.
|Boromir runs to the doors.Two
arrows fly past his head, narrowly missing him, and stick into the door.
|(to the hobbits) Get back! and
stay close to Gandalf.
his arms around them. Boromir shuts the doors quickly. Aragorn comes
to help him barr it shut
|They have a cave troll!
throws axes to them to barr the door. Gandalf draws his sword. The
hobbits copy. The doors are being battered. Gimli gets up on Balin's
|Agh! Let them come There's one dwarf yet in Moria who
still draws breath.
Legolas have their bows drawn. Boromir stands with his sword at the
ready. As the door is battered down, Legolas fires an arrow through a hole
in it. An orc screeches. Aragorn fires an arrow. The door is
broken down and orcs run in. The fellowship fight off the orcs with arrows
and swords. Sam suddenly pauses in the fight. Aragorn looks over to
the door as a cave troll, enters, a broken chain around his neck, bashing
the walls with his fists. It roars. Legolas fires an arrow into its
chest. It sees Sam and raises its club above his head to strike Sam.
Sam dives through its legs, confusing it. It turns and follows it.
Aragorn and Boromir pulls on the chain around its neck
stumbles backwards and swings around to face them. Boromir is still holding
the chain, when the troll grabs hold of it and uses it to fling him against
a wall. An orc advances on the dazed Boromir. Aragorn throws a knife
into its neck. Boromir looks at him. Aragorn nods. The troll smashes
its club into the tomb, causing Gimli to fall to the ground. Sam, Merry and
Pippin hide behind a pillar. The troll continues to swipe with its club,
sending orcs flying and Gimli to the ground. Legolas stands in front
of it, two arrows loaded in his bow and fires, sending it stumbling.
Gandalf fights the orcs with sword and staff. Legolas from on a platform
fights off some orc. The troll heads for him, swinging his chain at
him. Legolas ducks and weaves to avoid it. The chain wraps itself
around a pillar. Legolas stands on the chain, then nimbly walks up it
to the trolls head. He stands on its shoulders and fires an arrow into its
head. The troll screams and reaches for Legolas who nimbly jumps down.
The chain snaps, leaving just a collar.
Meanwhile Sam fights the orcs, hitting them on the head with his frying pan.
|Think I'm getting the hang of this.
finds Merry, Pippin and Frodo. They look at it in horror. Merry and
Pippin run to one side as the troll smashes his club down. Aragorn shouts to
Frodo admist the fight
behind a pillar. The troll's face appears around the pillar sniffing.
Aragorn fights his way over to Frodo. The troll goes around to the other
side of the pillar as Frodo sidles around it. As Frodo sidles around, once
the troll is gone, he breathes a sigh of relief. Suddenly the troll's
face appears in front of him and roars. Frodo stumbles back into a corner.
The troll reaches out and grabs him by the foot, dragging him along. He
shouts for Aragorn.
|Aragorn! (he grabs hold of a pillar as
he is dragged) Aragorn!
rushes over to him. The troll pulls Frodo off the ledge and he drops
to the floor. Aragorn jumps down in front of the troll as it lifts its club
to strike. He drives a stake into its chest.The troll screams.
Pippin and Merry throw rocks at its head. The troll takes a swipe at
Aragorn, flinging him across the room where he falls, knocked out. Frodo
hurries over to him. The troll behind him, pulls the stake from his chest
and plunges it at Frodo. Frodo moves quickly and the stake goes into
the wall instead. He dodges the troll as it lunges for him again. He tries
to run away, but the troll blocks his path. Frodo falls back against a
wall. The troll plunges its stake into Frodo's chest. Frodo gasps.
Gandalf turns around. Merry and Pippin look on in horror as Frodo
gasps for breath. The troll snorts. Merry and Pippin look at
each other and run towards the troll, swords at the ready. They jump onto
its back and attack it. Gandalf looks on. Sam suddenly notices
his way over to Frodo, as do Gandalf and Boromir. Frodo collapses on the
ground. Merry and Pippin continue to stab the troll, still on its
back. It reaches up and grabs Merry, dangling him by his legs and throws him
to the ground as Gimli faces the troll, attacking it with his axe. The
troll swipes him to the ground. Gandalf attacks it. Legolas
stands in front of the troll and draws an arrow and fires it directly into
its mouth. The troll groans and stumbles. They watch it, as it
stumbles and falls to the ground, flinging Merry (who is still on its back)
to the floor. Gandalf hurries over to Frodo. Aragorn crawls over to
Frodo as Sam watches on.
Frodo over. He gasps and groans. Sam can't beleive he's alive
and rushes over. Frodo holds his chest.
|(breathing a sigh of relief) He's
breathes in relief. Frodo sits up and looks around
|I'm alright. I'm not hurt.
|You should be dead. That spear would have skewered a wild
|I think there's more to this hobbit than meets the eye.
his shirt to reveal the Mithril vest. Sam touches it
|(looking on in awe) Mithril!
You are full of surprises Master Baggins!
around as he hears screeches behind them and shadows approaching
Scene 36 ~ The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
|To the Bridge of Khazad-dûm
Fellowship run out of the tomb area, orcs swarm behind them. The
glance around themselves to see thousands of orcs chasing them, climbing out
of cracks in the floor, out of the roof and down the great columns.
Eventually they are forced to stop, completely surrounded by orcs.
They hold their weapons out before them.
Then a great roar is heard from a archway, which
glows red. The orcs look round worried. The roar is heard again,
the orcs screech in terror and scatter. Gimli grins. A low roar is
heard again and the glowing red draws nearer.
|What is this new devilment ?
closes his eyes and thinks hard, as if he is dreading telling what is there.
As he open his eyes, the red glow covers the entrance path of columns in
front of them
|A balrog, a demon of the ancient world. Its foe is
beyond any of you RUN!
|They run as
fast as they can, leaving the cavern of columns. Boromir races head,
down some steps, but suddenly finds the steps end above a great chasm.
He teeters on the edge trying not to fall, Legolas runs up behind him and
pulls him back away from the edge. Gandalf stumbles in last.
|(looking at Gandalf concerned)
|Lead them on Aragorn. The Bridge is near!
bridge gaps the two sides of the great chasm. A roar is heard behind
them as the red firey glow draws closer.
|(pushing Aragorn away) Do as I
say! (Aragorn looks at him confused. Gandalf
walks past him) Swords are of no more use here.
|They turn to
the right and run down the steps in front of them, which wind their way to
the Bridge. Suddenly they reach a break, a gap in the staircase, which
is too wide to step over. Legolas nimbly jumps the gap and looks
expectantly at the others. Gandalf looks puzzled. They hear a
roar again behind them as the roof above starts to crumble.
over the gap to join Legolas. Arrows fire out of the air, narrowly
missing Boromir and the hobbits. Legolas turns, aims one arrow and
shoots the orc firing directly in the head.
|Merry! Pippin! (he takes each
hobbit under each arm and jumps with them. As he does so, a greater
chunk of the steps they were standing on, falls away)
continues to aim at the orcs firing at them, killing them.
|Sam! (he picks him up and throws
him across the gap to Boromir, then looks at Gimli)
|(holding up his hand) Nobody
tosses a dwarf! (he takes a mighty leap and lands
teetering on the other side. Legolas reaches out to stop him falling,
grabbing his beard) Mind the beard!
an arrow at the orcs, as Legolas pulls Gimli to safety. Suddenly more
of the steps they have just left fall away. Aragorn throws Frodo to
safety further up the steps and clings onto the stairs as a great portion of
them fall into the chasm. The gap now, is too wide to jump. The
rest of the Fellowship look worried. Frodo wobbles on his feet
|(standing up and holding Frodo's back)
Steady! Hold on!
entrance behind them glows red. A great roar comes from just behind
it. The doorway and roof above crumble, and a great chunk of rock
falls from the roof, into the staircase behind Aragorn and Frodo, creating
another great gap. They are now isolated on the staircase. The column
on which this part of the staircase is, begins to crack and the staircase
|(holding Frodo's clothing from behind)
on which they are standing continues to sway from side to side.
Everyone looks frightenend.
sways then falls forward towards the rest of the Fellowship.
|(holds out his arms) Come on!
Frodo jump. Legolas grabs hold of Aragorn, Boromir of Frodo, As they
run down the remaining staircase, the part of the staircase they were
standing on collapses completely, falling into the chasm.
They run onto another room. The whole place is
now in flames
|Over the Bridge! (the flames grow
higher. Gandalf waits for the others to pass) Fly!
|They run past
Gandalf, who turns towards the growing flames. From out of the midst of the
flames a great black, winged creature with a horned head appears. He
roars at Gandalf, breathing fire from his mouth. It walks after them with
great strides, as one by one, the Fellowship cross the narrow bridge,
Gandalf taking up the rear. Half way across the bridge, he stops and
turns to face the Balrog
|You cannot pass!
|(looking at Gandalf in horror)
stretches its wings and draws itself up to full height in front of Gandalf
|I am the Servant of the Secret Fire. Wielder of the Flame of
reaches down and draws its sword in front of Gandalf, and holds it high
above its head.
|The dark fire will not avail you. (he
holds out his staff in front of him, glowing white) Flame of Udûn!
brings its sword down upon Gandalf who protects himself with his staff,
bringing a crash and flash of great light. It drops its sword and
roars at Gandalf
|Go back to the shadow!
puts out a cloven foot onto the bridge. He wields a great firey whip above
|You shall not pass! (he raises his
sword and staff above his head and brings his staff down hard upon the
snorts at him, raises his whip and takes another step forward. As he
does so, the Bridge collapses and the balrog falls into the chasm.
Gandalf grunts and turns to walk away. As he does so, the tail end of
the balrog's whip snakes up and around his ankle, dragging him down. He
clings onto the edge of the bridge. Frodo dashes towards him, but Boromir
holds him back.
to hold on by his fingertips.
|(looking at them for a last time)
Fly you fools! ( he falls into the chasm)
against Boromir who is holding him. Aragorn is looking on in
|Aragorn! (he takes Frodo and
pauses. Then turns and runs dodging the arrows firing after him
They run outside, leaving Moria. The Fellowship
all collapse heartbroken, the hobbits are crying, Legolas looks folorn,
Boromir hugs a angry Gimli. Aragorn wipes his sword.
|Legolas! Get them up!
|Give them a moment! For pities sake!
|By nightfall this hills will be swarming with orcs! We must
reach the woods of Lothlórien. Come, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, get them up !
(he reaches a tearful Sam and lifts him) On
your feet Sam, (he pats him on the shoulder) Frodo
? (he sees Frodo walking away in the distance)
walking and turns to face Aragorn, tears rolling down his face.
Aragorn now leads the remaining Fellowship away from the rocky hills.
He runs ahead across a stream and stops, looking down at woodland below and