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The Return of the King Extended Edition Movie Script

Compiled by beleriel, for LOTRUK

Scenes 5 to 8

Scene 5 ~ Return to Edoras

Return of the King Scene 5

Scene on the plains of Rohan follows riders towards Edoras. Picture pans into the Golden Hall with Eowyn standing on the parapet.

Changes to Eowyn offering a goblet of wine to Theoden as she kneels in front of him. She retires behind him. Theoden offers the goblet in toast to the people of Rohan .
THEODEN: Tonight we remember those who gave their blood to defend this country.
He offers up the goblet.
THEODEN: Hail the victorious dead
PEOPLE: Hail! (they return his toast)
Aragorn hesitates and thinks of them before he drinks.
Scene changes to the people feasting at long tables. Cuts to Eomer.
EOMER: No pauses, (cuts to show Legolas and Gimli) no spills.
GIMLI: And no regurgitation! (He lifts the tankard to his mouthÖ general laughter)
LEGOLAS: SoÖ itís a drinking game?
ROHIRRIM: Aye! (laughing)
GIMLI: Last one standing wins heh heh heh!
He drinks his tankard in one go!
GENERAL SHOUT: Lets drink to Victory! To Victory!
Cuts back to Gimli finishing his drink in one go.
Legolas begins to drink from his tankard.
Cuts across to Eowyn with a goblet in her hand approaching, smiling. Aragorn approaches her and takes the offered goblet.
EOWYN: WestŻ Aragorn, hal
He takes the goblet and drinks. She smiles at him and he looks intensely at her. With a little smile he walks away.
Theoden enters the scene and watches Aragorn walking away. He turns to Eowyn
THEODEN: I am very happy for you. He is an honourable man.
EOWYN: You are both honourable men.
Theoden nods slightly.
THEODEN: It was not Theoden of Rohan who led our people to victory.
He looks down and she looks concernedly at him.
THEODEN: Ach, donít listen to me. You are young and tonight is for you.
She smiles.
Cuts back to Gimli drinking another tankard of ale and across to Legolas also downing another tankard.
Gimli farts!
GIMLI: Heh heh heh heh (looking the worse for wear) Here, here. (he takes another tankard) Raaar itís the dwarves that go swimming with little, hairy women haha (burps and drinks some more)
LEGOLAS: I feel something. (he looks at his fingers and Eomer raises an eyebrow) A slight tingle in my fingers. I think itís affecting me. (looks concerned)
GIMLI: heh heh heh (slurring his words) what did I say? He canít hold his liquor.
His eyes are crossed and he sits quiet for a moment, then keels over backwards off his stool. Legolas watches him fall, raises his eyebrows and looks over at Eomer.
LEGOLAS: Game over!
The scene cuts to Merry and Pippin singing.
MERRY and PIPPIN: Oh you can search far and wide, You can drink the whole town dry,
(they dance on the table kicking their feet against each other)

But youíll never find a beer so brown, But youíll never find a beer so brown,
As the one we drink in our hometown, As the one we drink in our hometown.
(they stamp on the table)
You can drink your fancy ales, You can drink them by the flagon
(cuts to show Gandalf watching and smiling at them)
But the only brew for the brave and true,
(Pippin stops and looks at Gandalf and hesitates)
MERRY: Pippin!
Pippin turns back to Merry and continues with the song.
MERRY and PIPPIN: Comes from the Green Dragon!
Laughter and applause. Shows Gandalf clapping and smiling. Aragorn walks up and joins him.
MERRY: (off camera) Thank you! I win!
ARAGORN: (whilst watching) No news of Frodo?
GANDALF: No word. Nothing.
ARAGORN: We have time. Every day Frodo moves closer to Mordor.
GANDALF: (turning to him) Do we know that?
ARAGORN: (looks at him a moment) What does your heart tell you?
GANDALF: (with a small smile) That Frodo is alive. YesÖ yes heís alive.

Scene 6 ~ Gollum's Villany

Return of the King Scene 6

Scene shows Sam asleep wrapped up in his cloak amongst some rocks. A voice off camera.
GOLLUM: Too risky. Too risky. (cuts to Gollum also asleep) Thieves. They stole it from us. Kill them, kill them, kill them both! (wakes up suddenly)
GOLLUM: Sshh, quiet, mustnít wake them. Mustnít ruin it now.
(climbs down from his sleeping place)

SMEAGOL: But they knows, (as he moves over to a lake) they knows, they suspects us!
Cuts to Smeagolís reflection in the water.
GOLLUM: Whatís it saying my precious, my love? Is Smeagol losing his nerve?
SMEAGOL: No! No! Never! Smeagol hates nasty Hobbitses. Smeagol wants to see themÖ. Dead!
GOLLUM: And we will! Smeagol did it once, he can do it again!
(flashes back to the first scene where Smeagol has Deagol by the throat)

Its ours! Ours!
SMEAGOL: We must get the precious! We must get it back!
GOLLUM: Patience! Patience my love! First we must lead them to her!
SMEAGOL: We lead them to the winding stair.
GOLLUM: Yes, the stairs and then?
SMEAGOL: Up, up, up the stairs we go until we come to the tunnel.
GOLLUM: And when they go in, thereís no coming out. Sheís always hungry. She always needs toÖ feed. She must eat. All she gets is filthy Orcses.
SMEAGOL: And they doesnít taste very nice, does they Precious?
GOLLUM: No, not very nice at all, my love. She hungers for sweeter meats.
(cuts to Samís face as he wakes up)

Hobbit meat. And when she throws away the bones and the empty clothes
(Sam is listening) then we will find it.
SMEAGOL: And take it for Meee!
GOLLUM: For us.
SMEAGOL: Yes, we meant for us! Gollum, gollum. The precious will be ours once the Hobbitses are dead!
(he throws a pebble in the water as he says it and Samís reflection appears out of the ripples)
SAM: You treacherous little toad!
Sam punches him waking Frodo who scrambles out of his blanket. Sam chases Gollum, jumps on him and grabs his throat. Gollum screams.
GOLLUM: No, no! Master!
FRODO: No Sam! Leave him alone! (he pulls Sam off)
SAM: I heard it from his own mouth. He means to murder us.
GOLLUM: Never! Smeagol wouldnít hurt a fly!
(he rubs his head and sees blood on his fingers)

Aaaagh he is a horrid, fat Hobbit who hates Smeagol and who makes up nasty lies!
SAM: You miserable little maggot! Iíll stove your head in!
He advances on Gollum grabbing at him. Gollum runs off, Frodo pulls Sam back.
SAM: Call me a liar? Youíre a liar!
Gollum tries to hide behind a tree.
GOLLUM: Waaaah!
FRODO: If you scare him off then we are lost!
SAM: I donít care! I canít do it Mr Frodo! I wonít wait around for him to kill us!
FRODO: Iím not sending him away.
Gollum cowers behind the tree.
SAM: You donít see it do you? Heís a villain.
FRODO: We canít do this by ourselves Sam. Not without a guide. I need you on my side.
SAM: Iím on your side Mr Frodo
FRODO: I know Sam, I know. Trust me. Come Smeagol.
Gollum runs to Frodo looking scared. Frodo takes him by the hand but as he leads him away, Gollum turns and smirks at Sam. Sam glares after him, nodding his head slightly.

Scene 7 ~ …owyn's Dream

Return of the King Scene 7

Scene moves to Gimli snoring. The floor of the hall is scattered with sleeping bodies. Aragorn moves stealthily across the room and goes out through the door. The camera dwells on Pippin who turns over and wakes up. He tries to sleep obviously having an inward struggle with himself.

Scene changes to the main hall where Eowyn sleeps in the centre of the room next to the fire. Aragorn walks past her to the fire. He moves the logs around to encourage it to burn, he looks at her sleeping and walks over to her to pull her dress down to her ankle and her collar up to her neck

EOWYN: (with her eyes closed) What time is it?
ARAGORN Not yet dawn.
He strokes the fur on her collar and withdraws his hand. She grabs his hand as he draws away. He turns back and looks at her.
EOWYN: I dreamed I saw a great wave climbing over green lands and above the hills. I stood upon the brink. It was utterly dark in the abyss before my feet. A light shone behind me but I could not turn ( he stoops down next to her and she looks at him upset)
I could only stand there, waiting. (a tear runs down her face.)
ARAGORN: Night changes many thoughts. Sleep Eowyn. Sleep while you can.
(He clutches her hands and then leaves her. She sleeps)


Scene 8 ~ The PalantŪr

Return of the King Scene 8

Aragorn walks outside, starts to fill his pipe and sees Legolas standing looking at the distance. He walks over to him.
LEGOLAS: The stars are veiled. Something stirs in the East, a sleepless malice
 (he glances at Aragorn.) The eye of the enemy is moving.
Scene changes to Pippin inside. He stirs, gets up and throws back his blanket. He pauses checking everyone is asleep. He walks up the centre of the room.
MERRY: What are you doing?
Pippin whirls around guiltily. He looks at Merry then continues with what he was doing. He approaches Gandalf but hesitates when he see his eyes open.
MERRY: Pippin!
Pippin waves his hand in front of Gandalfís eyes. They donít move. He is asleep. Pippin looks at the bundle in Gandalfís arms.
MERRY: (sits up and looks at Pippin concerned) Pippin!
Pippin ignores him and picks up a jug. Gandalf mutters something in his sleep making Pippin recoil in fear. But he gains more courage and grabs the bundle from Gandalfís arm, replacing it with the jug.
MERRY: Pippin! Are you mad?
Pippin puts the bundle on the floor in front of him and Merry and unwraps it.
PIPPIN: I just want to look at it, just one more time.
MERRY: Put it back!
Pippin looks into the Palantir, he smiles and puts his hands on it.
MERRY: Pippin!
Pippinís smile turns to a frown and an orange glow emerges from the Palantir with a black pupil showing. Pippin's hands fuse onto the Palantir and he begins to shake.
Pippin shakes and closes his eyes.
MERRY: (worried now watching wide eyed) Pippin!
Pippin shakes more and more violently!
Cuts to Legolas outside who turns.
LEGOLAS: He is here!
Cuts back to Pippin with his eyes tightly closed.
SAURON: I see you!
Pippin screams and stands up with the Palantir stuck in his hands. His mouth is open in a soundless scream!
MERRY: Pippin!
The Palantir is surrounded by fire. Pippin falls to the floor seemingly struggling with it.
MERRY: Help! Gandalf help!
Gandalf wakes. Aragorn and Legolas burst into the room. Pippin continues to struggle.
MERRY: Help him!
Aragorn takes the Palantir from Pippin, struggles briefly with it and drops it on to the floor. It rolls away. Merry dodges it as it rolls still further.
MERRY:  Pippin!
Gandalf runs after the Palantir and throws a blanket over it.
GANDALF: Fool of a Took!
But when he looks Pippin is lying still with his eyes open.
He runs to Pippins side, shoving Merry out of the way. He holds Pippinís hand, puts his other hand on his forehead and closes his eyes. He mutters something inaudible under his breath and moves his hand to Pippinís cheek. Pippin jumps, gasps and wakes up.
GANDALF: Look at me. (Pippin looks at him)
PIPPIN: Gandalf, forgive me! (he closes his eyes again)
GANDALF: Look at me! What did you see?
PIPPIN: A tree, there was a white tree in a courtyard of stone. It was dead.
(cuts to fire, a white tree and a tower. Cuts back.)
The city was burning.
GANDALF: Minas Tirith? Is that what you saw?
PIPPIN: I sawÖ I saw him! (Gandalfís eyes widen) I could hear his voice in my head.
GANDALF: And what did you tell him? Speak!
PIPPIN: He asked me my name. I didnít answer. He hurt me!
GANDALF: What did you tell him about Frodo and the Ring?
(Pippin just looks at Gandalfís face.)
Scene cuts to the main hall the next morning.
GANDALF: There was no lie in Pippinís eyes. A fool but an honest fool he remains.
The camera cuts to Pippin and Merry and then back to Gandalf.
GANDALF: He told Sauron nothing of Frodo and the Ring. (cuts to Gimli sighing with relief)
Weíve been strangely fortunate. Pippin saw in the Palantir a glimpse of the enemyís plan. Sauron moves to strike the city of Minas Tirith.
(Camera cuts to Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and Theoden and then in to Theoden alone.)
GAN DALF: His defeat at Helmís Deep showed our enemy one thing. (cuts back to Gandalf) He knows the Heir of Elendil has come forth
(nods at Aragorn the camera stays on Aragorn)

Men are not as weak as he supposed. There is courage still. Strength enough, perhaps, to challenge him. Sauron fears this. He will not risk the peoples of Middle Earth uniting under one banner. (cuts to Theoden) He will raze Minas Tirith to the ground (back to Gandalf and then to Aragorn) before he sees a King return to the throne of men. If the beacons of Gondor are lit Rohan must be ready for war.
THEODEN: Tell me! Why should we ride to the aid of those who did not come to ours? What do we owe Gondor?
ARAGORN: I will go!
ARAGORN: They must be warned!
GANDALF: They will be. (approaches closely to Aragorn and speaks in a low voice)
You must come to Minas Tirith by another road. Follow the river. Look to the black ships. (he turns from him)
Understand this, things are now in motion that cannot be undone. I ride for Minas Tirith (turns to look at Pippin) and I wont be going alone.
Scene changes to outside Gandalf is hurrying towards the stables with Pippin and Merry running after him.
GANDALF: Of all the Hobbits, Peregrin Took, you are the worst! Hurry! Hurry!
PIPPIN: Where are we going?
MERRY: Why did you look? Why do you always have to look?
PIPPIN: I donít know, I canít help it.
MERRY: You never can!
PIPPIN: Iím sorry alright? I wonít do it again.
MERRY: Donít you understand? The enemy thinks you have the ring! He is going to be looking for you Pip. They have to get you out of here.
PIPPIN: And you? Youíre coming with me? (Merry walks away) Merry? (turns back to him as he walks)
MERRY: Come on!
Gandalf lifts Pippin onto the back of Shadowfax.
PIPPIN: How far is Minas Tirith?
GANDALF: Three days ride as the NazgŻl flies. And youíd better hope we donít have one of those on our tail.
MERRY: Here, something for the road. (he hands Pippin a leather pouch.)
PIPPIN: The last of the Longbottom Leaf?
MERRY: I know youíve run out. You smoke too much Pippin.
PIPPIN: But, weíll see each other soon?
Merry looks across at Gandalf
PIPPIN: Wont we?
Merry looks up at Pippin.
MERRY: I donít know! I donít know whats going to happen. (as he backs away, upset)
PIPPIN: Merry?
GANDALF: Run, Shadowfax show us the meaning of haste.
PIPPIN: Merry!
They gallop off. Merry runs up the steps to the top of a watchtower.
ARAGORN: Merry! (he follows him and they watch Shadowfax fading into the distance.)
MERRY: Heís always followed me everywhere I went since before we were tweens. I would get him into the worst sort of trouble but I was always there to get him out. Now heís gone. (looks at Aragorn) Just like Frodo and Sam.
ARAGORN: One thing Iíve learnt about Hobbits: They are a most hardy folk.
MERRY: Foolhardy maybe. Heís a Took! (laughs)

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