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The Return of the King Extended Edition Movie Script

Compiled by beleriel, for LOTRUK

Scenes 9 to 12

Scene 9 ~ Arwen's Vision

Return of the King Scene 9

Scene is in a woodland showing a long train of elves riding slowly along a path. Zooms in on Arwen

ELROND: Take her by the safest road. A ship lies anchored in the Grey Havens. It waits to carry her across the sea. The last journey of Arwen Undómiel.
A child runs across the path on front of the elves. Arwen watches him as he runs into a scene where Aragorn stands looking out of the window.
Aragorn turns and runs over to the boy, swinging him up in his hands, smiling at him and turning around with him. Arwen watches as the boy looks down into Aragorn’s face. Aragorn kisses him on the cheek and he laughs then he stops and looks directly at Arwen.
The camera moves back and forth between them as Arwen notices the Evenstar around his neck. She closes her eyes and a tear falls from them.

Cuts to Elrond
ELROND: There is nothing for you here only death.
Cuts back to Arwen still with her eyes closed. She can now only see the forest with no additional scene.
FIGWIT: Lady Arwen we cannot delay. (she turns her horse around and gallops off) My lady!
She rides off and the elves continue on their journey.

Scene 10 ~ The Reforging of Narsil

Return of the King Scene 10

Cuts to Arwen riding across the bridge at Rivendell. She rides up and runs towards her father dropping her cloak. As she runs up the steps…
ARWEN: Tell me what you have seen.
Elrond stands up and approaches her.
ELROND: Arwen.
ARWEN: You have the gift of foresight. What did you see?
ELROND: I looked into your future and I saw death.
ARWEN: But there is also life. You saw there was a child. You saw my son.
ELROND: That future is almost gone.
ARWEN: But it is not lost.
ELROND: Nothing is certain.
ARWEN: Some things are certain.
ARWEN: If I leave him now, I will regret it forever. It is time.
Scene changes to inside where a cloaked figure is shown approaching the shards of Narsil.
ARWEN: From the ashes of fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadow shall spring,
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
(scene changes showing the breaking of the blade beneath Sauron’s foot and then back to the shards of Narsil)
The crownless again shall be king.
The scene returns to the conversation between Elrond and Arwen.
ARWEN: Reforge the sword… ada.
The camera is on Arwen as Elrond walks away… pans out from her showing her holding a book in a different scene. She sits down and drops the book out of her hands. She rubs her fingertips. Elrond picks up the book. He holds her hands.
ELROND: Your hands are cold. The life of the Eldar is leaving you.
He looks at her worried.
ARWEN: This was my choice. Ada, whether by your will or not there is no ship now that can bear me hence.
Scene changes to show the reforging of Narsil into Anduril the Flame of the West.

Scene 11 ~ Minas Tirith

Return of the King Scene 11

Gandalf and Pippin gallop across plains and through forest. They splash through a river.
GANDALF: We have just passed into the realm of Gondor.
They gallop up a hill and look down at a great white city.
GANDALF: Minas Tirith. City of Kings.
They gallop through the city until they reach the topmost level. They stop in front of a huge white hall. As they walk towards the door they pass a dead white tree. Pippin spots it.
PIPPIN: It’s the tree! Gandalf, Gandalf.
GANDALF: Yes the white tree of Gondor. The tree of the King. Lord Denethor however, is not the King. He is a steward only, a caretaker of the throne.
He stops and turns to Pippin at the door.
GANDALF: Now listen carefully. Lord Denethor is Boromir’s father. To give him news of his beloved son’s death would be most unwise. And do not mention Frodo or the Ring. And say nothing of Aragorn either. In fact, its better if you don’t speak at all Peregrin Took.
They walk through the massive hall approaching the throne where a man sits in a seat at the base of the steps to the throne.
GANDALF: Hail Denethor son of Ecthelion, Lord and Steward of Gondor.
The camera cuts to show Denethor bent over a broken horn.
GANDALF: I come with tidings in this dark hour and with counsel.
DENETHOR: Perhaps you come to explain this.
He shows the horn to them.
DENETHOR: Perhaps you have come to tell me why my son is dead.
Scene cuts to the death of Boromir as remembered by Pippin.
PIPPIN: Boromir died to save us my kinsman and me. He fell defending us from many foes. (He approaches the throne and kneels down)
GANDALF: Pippin.
PIPPIN: I offer you my service, such as it is in payment of this debt.
DENETHOR: This is my first command to you. How did you escape and my son did not? So mighty as man as he was.
PIPPIN: The mightiest man may be slain by one arrow and Boromir was pierced by many.
Denethor is visibly upset.
Gandalf walks forward hitting Pippin with his staff to move him out of the way.
GANDALF: Get up!
GANDALF: My lord, there will be a time to grieve for Boromir but it is not now. War is coming. The enemy is on your doorstep. As steward, you are charged with the defence of this city. Where are Gondor’s armies? You still have friends. You are not alone in this fight. Send word to Theoden of Rohan. Light the beacons.
DENETHOR: You think you are wise Mithrandir. Yet for all your subtleties you have not wisdom. Do you think the eyes of the White Tower are blind? I have seen more than you know. With your left hand you would use me as a shield against Mordor and with your right you would seek to supplant me. I know who rides with Theoden of Rohan. Oh yes, word has reached my ears of this Aragorn, son of Arathorn. And I tell you now. I will not bow to this Ranger from the North. Last of a ragged house long bereft of Lordship.
GANDALF: Authority is not given to you to deny the return of the King, steward.
Denethor jumps up angry.
DENETHOR: The rule of Gondor is mine and no others!
Pippin looks between Gandalf and Denethor as they stare at each other angrily. Gandalf turns.
They walk rapidly from the hall.

Scene 12 ~ The Decline of Gondor

Return of the King Scene 12

GANDALF: All had turned to vain ambition. He would use even his grief as a cloak! A thousand years this city has stood and now at the whim of a madman it will fall! And the white tree, the tree of the King will never bloom again.
They walk through the courtyard towards the tree.
PIPPIN: Why are they still guarding it?
GANDALF: They guard it because they have hope. A faint and fading hope that one day it will flower. That a king will come and this city will be as it once was before it fell into decay. (The camera shows the city of Minas Tirith)
The old wisdom born out of the west was forsaken. Kings made tombs more splendid than the houses of the living and counted the old names of their descent ( the camera moves around and pans in on the city of Minas Tirith) dearer than the names of their sons. (They walk along the parapet to the end)
Childless lords sat in aged halls musing on heraldry or in high, cold towers asking questions of the stars. And so the people of Gondor fell into ruin. (camera moves in on Gandalf and Pippin looking out over the city of Minas Tirith)
The line of Kings failed. The white tree withered. The rule of Gondor was given over to lesser men.
Pippin moves away from Gandalf looking at the mountains of Mordor and the disturbances that go on there.
PIPPIN: Mordor.
GANDALF: Yes, there it lies. This city has dwelt ever in the sight of its shadow.
PIPPIN: A storm is coming.
GANDALF: This is not the weather of the world. This is a device of Sauron’s making. A broil of fume he sends ahead of his host. The Orcs of Mordor have no love of daylight, so he covers the face of the sun to ease their passage along the road to war. When the shadow of Mordor reaches this city it will begin.
PIPPIN: Well… Minas Tirith… very impressive. (looks at Gandalf enquiringly) So where are off to next?
GANDALF: Oh, it’s too late for that Peregrin. There’s no leaving this city. (He looks towards Mordor)
Help must come to us.
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