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The Return of the King Extended Edition Movie Script

Compiled by beleriel, for LOTRUK

Scenes 45 to 48

Scene 45 ~ The Witch King's Hour

Return of the King Scene 45

 Fireballs continue to rain down on the city.

 GANDALF:   Retreat! The city is breached. Fall back to the second level. Get the women and children out. Get them out. Retreat.
SOLDIERS ON GATE: Come on, come on! (They hurry people through the gate before closing it.)
Scene changes to the Orcs outside the city.
GOTHMOG: Move into the city. Kill all in your path.
The Orcs move into the city killing everyone they come across.
SOLDIER: Take them down!
Women scream as they try to get away. Men are butchered.
GANDALF: Fight! Fight to the last man. Fight for your lives.
PIPPIN: Gandalf! (He manages to attract Gandalf’s attention.) Gandalf! Denethor has lost his mind. He’s burning Faramir alive! (Gandalf grabs Pippin by the arm.)
GANDALF: Up! Quickly!
He swings him up onto Shadowfax. They gallop towards the upper levels. Suddenly as they come out of a tunnel The Witch King alights on his fell beast in front of them.
GANDALF: (He holds his staff across the front of him.) Go back to the abyss! Fall into the nothingness that awaits you and your master!
WITCH KING: Do you not know death when you see it, old man? (Pippin screams, hiding behind Gandalf.) This is my hour! (He draws his sword which bursts into flames. Gandalf’s staff bursts asunder in his grasp throwing him and Pippin from Shadowfax’s back.)
PIPPIN:  Gandalf!
The fell beast roars in Gandalf’s face. Pippin draws his sword and runs towards it.
PIPPIN: AAAAhhh! (The fell beast roars at him, he stops in fear. Shadowfax prances around and Gandalf looks up from the floor.)
WITCH KING: You have failed! The world of men will fall. (He lifts his sword but a horn sounds in the distance. He turns to it and listens, looks back at Gandalf and then flies off on his beast.)

Scene 46 ~ The Ride of the Rohirrim

Return of the King Scene 46

Scene changes to the battlefield. Gothmog also hears the horn. The Rohirrim line up against the skyline. The horsemen advance. Theoden looks down on the battlefield. Eowyn puts her arm around Merry’s shoulder.
EOWYN: Courage Merry. Courage for our friends.
GOTHMOG: Form ranks you maggots. Form ranks. Pikes in front, archers behind. (The Orcs prepare to meet them.)
Theoden turns to him men.
THEODEN: Eomer, take your Eored down the left flank
EOMER: Flank ready!
THEODEN: Gamling, follow the King’s banner down the centre. Grimbold! Take your company right after you pass the wall. Forth and fear no darkness! (He addresses the men.) Arise! Arise riders of Theoden. Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered, a sword day, a red day ere the sun rises!!
The soldiers lower their spears in readiness, the Orcs lower their pikes in defence.
EOWYN: Whatever happens, stay with me. I’ll look after you. (Merry smiles and looks around at all the soldiers.)
Theoden rides across the front of the men, running his sword along all their spears.
THEODEN: Ride now, ride now! Ride! Ride for ruin and the world’s ending! DEATH!
THEODEN: Forth Eorlingas!
The horns are sounded. Theoden and the army begin to walk forward. They break into a gallop as they approach the enemy.

Orc archers prepare themselves.
GOTHMOG: FIRE! (The orc archers release their arrows and some riders fall but they continue to gallop on.)
GOTHMOG: Fire at will! (The archers fire, Gothmog’s face changes as they come closer, he becomes scared. Orcs begin to get scared and run off. The Rohirrim smash into the Orcs slaughtering them right, left and centre.)

Scene 47 ~ The Pyre of Denethor

Return of the King Scene 47

Meanwhile, back in the Tombs of the Kings Denethor empties a jug of oil over his head. Faramir is also covered in oil.
DENETHOR: Set a fire in our flesh!
He stands above Faramir with his arms extended sideways. The soldiers advance on the pyre with torches in their hands. Suddenly the door bursts open Gandalf is there. Denethor turns to look at him.
GANDALF: Stay this madness!
Denethor grabs a torch and stands with it in his hand.
DENETHOR: You may triumph in the field of battle for a day, but against the power that has risen in the east, there is no victory!
He drops the torch on the timbers, which catch alight instantly. Gandalf grabs a spear off a guard at the door and gallops up to the pyre. He knocks Denethor off the pyre to the floor. Pippin jumps from the back of Shadowfax onto the top of the pyre, he struggles but manages to roll Faramir off the top of the pyre onto the floor. He uses his hands to douse any flames that have caught on Faramir.

Denethor jumps up!

DENETHOR: NOOOOOO, you will not take my son from me! (He struggles with Pippin.)
PIPPIN: NO! Aaahhh
Gandalf rides up on Shadowfax who kicks Denethor away back onto the pyre.
DENETHOR: Faramir!
Faramir opens his eyes and looks at his father.
DENETHOR: Aaaaaahhhh!
He catches on fire, he jumps off the pyre and runs up the corridor, he runs all the way along the forecourt and falls from the end of the parapet a ball of flames.
GANDALF: So passes Denethor, son of Ecthelion.

Scene 48 ~ The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Return of the King Scene 48

Scene changes to show the battlefield. Eomer and Theoden are fighting from horseback. So are Eowyn and Merry and the rest of the Rohirrim. They are beating the Orcs.
EOMER: Drive them to the river. 
They chase the Orcs towards the river.
THEODEN: Make safe the city.
Something attracts Theoden’s attention. He stares with his mouth dropped open. We see a line of Mūmakil moving towards the Rohirrim. One of the Haradrim who steers a Mūmakil sounds a horn. They begin to charge towards the Rohirrim
THEODEN: Re-form the line! Re-form the line!
The Rohirrim re-form up into their lines.
THEODEN: Sound the charge. Take them head-on. Chaaarge! 
They charge towards the Haradrim. The Mūmakil sway their tusks from side to side ploughing into the Haradrim and throwing them up into the air. They trample all that they can.
  The Rohirrim bravely move in close, riding between the deadly feet. They fire arrows and slash at the Mūmakil. Haradrim fire arrows from the backs of the Mūmakil. The battle is fierce. Many Rohirrim are killed. A particularly nasty looking Haradrim steers his Mūmakil and looks like he is enjoying it. We see the Rohirrim attacking the Mūmakil from underneath with many arrows. 
ROHIRRIM:  Cut him down! 
Eomer spots the Haradrim, hoists up his spear and throws it at him. It kills him and he falls, his controls pull on the Mūmakil’s ear,which makes it turn and crash into another one next to it. They both fall down dead, defeated.

Eowyn and Merry weave between the Mūmakil’s legs. 

EOWYN:  Take the reins, pull him left. (She snatches a sword off an Orc as they gallop past.) LEFT! 
Merry steers the horse left. They continue to weave in between the Mūmakil. They come in between the back legs of one and Eowyn slashes with both swords one on each leg. The Mūmakil falls.
EOMER: Aim for the heads! (He fires an arrow at a Mūmakil’s head. It rears up on its back legs roaring.) 
THEODEN: Bring it down! Bring it down! Bring it down!
They continue to fire at it, it falls backwards towards Eowyn and Merry. Their horse rears and falls, spilling them off. The Mūmakil falls towards Eowyn who manages to avoid been crushed at the last minute by rolling away. 
EOWYN: Merry! 
She looks around for him. Some orcs attack her and she fights them fiercly. Theoden sees her fighting. Merry walks out from behind the Mūmakil coughing the dust from his throat. A Haradrim sees him and attacks him. Merry fights fiercely killing several Haradrim until one picks him up. Merry doesn’t give up and continues to fight. He slashes the Orc’s throat and stabs him several times. 
Eowyn is fighting Orcs and she fights Gothmog. She punches him and he falls to the floor.

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