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  The movie opens as the camera pans over the Misty Mountains

The Two Towers Extended Edition Movie Script

Compiled by Elril Galia, for LOTRUK

Scenes 17 to 20

Scene 17 ~ The Heir of Númenor

The Two Towers Scene 17

It is night and Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are resting by a camp fire. Gandalf is looking towards the East.  Aragorn moves to join him.
 

GANDALF: The veiling shadow that glowers in the east takes shape. Sauron will suffer no rival. From the summit of Barad-dur, his Eye watches ceaselessly. But he is not so mighty yet that he is above fear. Doubt ever gnaws at him. The rumor has reached him. The heir of Numenor still lives.
 
Gandalf looks at Aragorn
 
GANDALF: Sauron fears you, Aragorn. He fears what you may become. And so he'll strike hard and fast at the world of Men. He will use his puppet Saruman to destroy Rohan. War is coming. Rohan must defend itself, and therein lies our first challenge......for Rohan is weak and ready to fall. (shaking his head) The king's mind is enslaved, it's an old device of Saruman's. His hold over King Theoden is now very strong. Sauron and Saruman are tightening the noose. But for all their cunning......we have one advantage. (they look at each other) The Ring remains hidden. And that we should seek to destroy it......has not yet entered their darkest dreams.
And so the weapon of the enemy is moving towards Mordor......in the hands of a Hobbit. Each day brings it closer to the fires of Mount Doom.
We must trust now in Frodo. Everything depends upon speed......and the secrecy of his quest.
 
Aragorn looks worried and guilty
 
GANDALF: Do not regret your decision to leave him. Frodo must finish this task alone.
 
ARAGORN: He's not alone. Sam went with him.
 
GANDALF: (smiles) Did he? Did he, indeed? Good. (nodding) Yes, very good.

Scene 18 ~ The Black Gate is Closed

The Two Towers Scene 18

Frodo and Sam follow Gollum to the edge of a rock, which overlooks Morannon
 
GOLLUM: (trying to shield his face) The Black Gate of Mordor.
 
As they look down they see huge black imposing gates
 
SAM: Oh, save us. My old Gaffer would have a thing or two to say if he could see us now.
 
GOLLUM: Master says to show him the way into Mordor. So good Smeagol does, master says so.
 
FRODO: I did.
 
The orcs are patrolling the top of the gates
 
SAM: That's it, then. We can't get past that.
 
An army of Easterlings is approaching to the right of them.  A horn sounds, and the great trolls on top of the gate, start to pull it open
 
SAM: Look! The gate. It's opening! I can see a way down.
 
Sam edges forward on the rock he is leaning on.  Suddenly it breaks and Sam falls
 
FRODO: Sam, no!
 
Frodo scrambles down the scree face after Sam
 
GOLLUM: Master!
 
Two of the Easterling guards notice dust and moving rubble.  They walk towards the scree face to investigate.  Sam's legs are trapped in the scree, and Frodo cannot pull him out.  As the Easterlings approach, he quickly throws his elven cape over them both.  They see the feet of the Easterlings from underneath it.  To the Easterlings, they see nothing but a rock.  They stand a while, then move back to join the rest of their troop
 
FRODO: I do not ask you to come with me, Sam.
 
SAM: I know, Mr. Frodo. I doubt even these Elvish cloaks will hide us in there.
 
They get ready to run before the gates close
 
FRODO: Now!
 
But Gollum grabs hold of him, so he falls back
 
GOLLUM: No! No! No, master! They catch you! They catch you! Don't take it to him. He wants the precious. Always he is looking for it. And the precious is wanting to go back to him. But we mustn't let him have it.
 
Frodo ignores him and tries to run again
 
GOLLUM: No! (holding Frodo back) There's another way. More secret. A dark way.
 
SAM: Why haven't you spoken of this before?
 
GOLLUM: Because master did not ask.
 
SAM: He's up to something.
 
FRODO: Are you saying there's another way into Mordor?
 
GOLLUM: Yes. There's a path......and some stairs. And then......a tunnel.
 
Frodo and Sam watch the gates close.  Gollum is still holding onto Frodo's cloak, stroking it
 
FRODO: He's led us this far, Sam.
 
SAM: Mr. Frodo, no.
 
FRODO: He's been true to his word.
 
SAM: (whispers) No.
 
FRODO: Lead the way, Smeagol.
 
GOLLUM: Good Smeagol always helps.
 
Frodo follows Gollum and Sam stares in disbelief
 

Scene 19 ~ Ent Draft

The Two Towers Scene 19

Merry wakes up and looks around.  He sees Pippin sitting by a barrel next to a waterfall drinking.
 
MERRY: Hello? Treebeard? Where has he gone?
 
PIPPIN: I had the loveliest dream last night. There was this large barrel, full of pipe-weed.And we smoked all of it. And then......you were sick. I'd give anything for a whiff of Old Toby.
 
Merry hears what sounds like trees cracking.
 
MERRY: Did you hear that? There it is again. Something's not right here. Not right at all.
 
Pippin stands up, and when he does he makes a strange noise
 
MERRY: (looks surprised) You just said something...Treeish.
 
PIPPIN: No, I didn't. I was just stretching. (he makes the noise again)
 
MERRY: (walks round Pippin inspecting him) You're taller.
 
PIPPIN: Who?
 
MERRY: You!
 
PIPPIN: Than what?
 
MERRY: Than me!
 
PIPPIN: I've always been taller than you.
 
MERRY: Pippin, everyone knows I'm the tall one.
You're the short one.
 
PIPPIN: Please, Merry. You're what? Three-foot-six? At the most? Whereas me, I'm pushing 3'7". (he burps a tree sound again) 3'8"! (he takes another drink quickly)
 
MERRY: Three-foot-eight. You did something.
 
Pippin smiles and puts his bowl down.  Merry tries to drink from the barrel
 
PIPPIN: Merry, don't! Don't drink it!
 
Merry grins and runs away with the barrel, taking another drink
 
PIPPIN: Merry! No, Treebeard said that you shouldn't have any.
 
MERRY: (drinks some more) I want some!
 
PIPPIN: lt could well be dangerous!
 
Merry avoids Pippin and drinks some more
 
PIPPIN: Give me it back. Merry!
 
Merry climbs over some tree roots, and the barrel falls. The hobbits become entrapped in the tree
 
PIPPIN: What's happening?!
 
MERRY: Aaagh! It's got my leg!
 
PIPPIN: (as his hand gets trapped) Merry!
 
As the hobbits try to free themselves, they are drawn into the tree further
 
MERRY and PIPPIN: Help!
 
Treebeard appears in the clearing
 
TREEBEARD: Away with you. You should not be waking. Eat earth. Dig deep. Drink water.
 
The hobbits are released from the tree
 
TREEBEARD: Go to sleep. Away with you. (he faces the hobbits) Come, the forest is waking up.
 
Treebeard picks up the hobbits and starts walking
 
TREEBEARD: It isn't safe. The trees have grown wild and dangerous. Anger festers in their hearts. Black are their thoughts. Strong is their hate. They will harm you if they can. There are too few of us now. Too few of us Ents left to manage them.
 
PIPPIN: Why are there so few of you when you have lived so long? Are there Ent children?
 
TREEBEARD: Bru-ra-hroom. There have been no Entings for a terrible long count of years.
 
MERRY: Why is that?
 
TREEBEARD: We lost the Entwives.
 
PIPPIN: Oh, I'm sorry. How did they die?
 
TREEBEARD: Die? No. We lost them. And now we cannot find them. I don't suppose you've seen Entwives in the Shire?
 
MERRY: Can't say that I have. You, Pip?
 
PIPPIN: (shakes his head) What do they look like?
 
TREEBEARD: I don't remember now.

Scene 20 ~ The King of the Golden Hall

The Two Towers Scene 20

Riding across the plains of Rohan, Gandalf, Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn stop to look at Edoras in front of them
 
GANDALF: Edoras and the Golden Hall of Meduseld. There dwells Theoden, King of Rohan...... whose mind is overthrown. Saruman's hold over King Theoden is now very strong.
 
Inside the Golden Hall, Eowyn is kneeling in front of Theoden holding his hand
 
EOWYN: My lord, your son......he is dead. (Theoden doesnt react) My lord? Uncle? Will you not go to him? Will you do nothing?
 
Back to Gandalf and the others outside Edoras
 
GANDALF: Be careful what you say.Do not look for welcome here. (they ride into Edoras)
 
Back in Edoras, Eowyn is kneeling crying at the bedside of the recently dead Theodred. Grima arrives at the door
 
GRIMA: Oh, he must have died sometime in the night. What a tragedy for the king......to lose his only son and heir.
 
He sits on the bed and puts a hand on her shoulder
 
GRIMA: I understand. His passing is hard to accept. Especially now that your brother has deserted you.
 
Eowyn jumps up
 
EOWYN: Leave me alone, snake!
 
GRIMA: Oh, but you are alone. Who knows what you've spoken to the darkness (getting up and walking towards her)......in the bitter watches of the night......when all your life seems to shrink. The walls of your bower closing in about you. A hutch to trammel some wild thing in.
He puts a hand to her cheek and she closes her eyes.  He runs his hand down her throat
So fair. So cold. Like a morning of pale spring......still clinging to winter's chill.
 
EOWYN: (stares at him for a moment) Your words are poison.
 
She runs out of the room to the front of the Golden Hall. She stands staring out, and sees three horses riding towards Edoras. The standard on the flagpole next to her, flutters loose and gets carried away by the wind.  Gandalf and the others ride into Edoras, as Aragorn reaches the outside gates, the standard flutters to the ground next to him.
As they ride through Edoras, people stare at them.  Aragorn looks up to see a maiden dressed in white standing in front of the Golden Hall.
 
GIMLI: You'll find more cheer in a graveyard.
 
Aragorn looks back at the Golden Hall but the maiden has gone.
They walk up the steps to the Hall.  Hama and his guards walk out of the Hall
 
HAMA: I cannot allow you before Theoden King so armed, Gandalf Greyhame. By order of Grima Wormtongue.
 
Gandalf nods at the others.  The others hand over their weapons
 
HAMA: Your staff
 
GANDALF: Hmmm (looks at his staff) You would not part an old man from his walking stick.
 
Hama looks worried for a moment, then turns and leads them forward.  Gandalf winks slyly to Aragorn and follows him, holding onto Legolas' arm.  Aragorn and Gimli follow.
Hama pauses at the door and lets them pass. Grima is sitting beside Theoden

 
GRIMA: (whispering into Theoden's ear) My lord, Gandalf the Grey is coming. He's a herald of woe.
 
GANDALF: The courtesy of your hall is somewhat lessened of late......Theoden King.
 
As they walk forward a group of menacing looking guards follow them
 
GRIMA: (whispering to Theoden) He's not welcome.
 
THEODEN: Why should I welcome you......Gandalf Stormcrow? (he looks to Grima for agreement)
 
GRIMA: A just question, my liege. (he gets up and walks towards Gandalf) Late is the hour......in which this conjurer chooses to appear.(the menacing group move nearer to them) Lathspell I name him.Ill news is an ill guest.
 
GANDALF: Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I have not passed through fire and death......to bandy crooked words with a witless worm. (he lifts his staff in front of Grima's face)
 
GRIMA: (looks shocked) His staff. I told you to take the wizard's staff.
 
The menacing group move to attack Gandalf.  Legolas, Aragorn and Gimli fight them off.  Gandalf continues to walk towards Theoden.  Gamling prepares to join the fight, but Hama holds him back
 
GANDALF: Theoden......son of Thengel......too long have you sat in the Shadows.
 
Grima sits up in an attempt to get away, but is stopped by Gimli standing on his chest with one foot
 
GIMLI: I would stay still if I were you.
 
GANDALF: Hearken to me! I release you......from the spell. (he holds up his hand, closing his eyes)
 
THEODEN: (laughs mockingly) (Gandalf opens his eyes)You have no power here ......Gandalf the Grey.
 
Gandalf, angered, throws off his grey cloak.  Theoden is thrown back by a bright white light
 
GANDALF: I will draw you, Saruman, as poison is drawn from a wound. (he thrusts forward his staff, which throws Theoden back in his chair)
 
Eowyn runs in, sees her uncle in trouble, and runs towards him.  Aragorn grabs hold of her.
 
ARAGORN: Wait.
 
THEODEN: (Saruman speaks through Theoden) If I go, Theoden dies.
 
GANDALF: (still holding forward his staff continues to move closer to Theoden) You did not kill me......you will not kill him.
 
THEODEN: (Saruman still speaking) Rohan is mine.
 
GANDALF: Be gone.
 
Suddenly Theoden jumps from his throne, lunging at Gandalf.  Gandalf thrusts him back with his staff and as he does, Saruman is seen thrown across the floor in Isengard. He pulls himself up and his face is bleeding.
Theoden slumps forward and Eowyn rushes to stop him falling. Theoden's face slowly changes.  His hair and beard shorten, and his face becomes younger.  His eyes clear.
He looks at Eowyn quizzically

 
THEODEN: I know your face. (she smiles at him) Eowyn. Eowyn. (she cries with happiness and he looks round at everyone, and sees Gandalf in front of him) Gandalf?
 
GANDALF: Breathe the free air again, my friend.
 
Theoden stands up shakily
 
THEODEN: Dark have been my dreams of late. (he lifts his hands and strokes them)
 
GANDALF: Your fingers would remember their old strength better......if they grasped your sword.
 
Hama steps forward and offers him his sword.  He takes it and lifts it up in front of him.  He looks at it wonderingly as everyone smiles.  Then he seems to remember something, and turns his gaze to Grima who is being held on the floor by Gimli.
Grima is thrown out of the Hall, and falls down the stairs.  Theoden walks falteringly down the stairs after him
 
GRIMA: I've only......ever served you, my lord. (crawling backwards on his hands)
 
THEODEN: (continuing to advance on him) Your leechcraft would have had me crawling on all fours like a beast!
 
GRIMA: Send me not from your sight.
 
Theoden raises his sword above Grima's head, as if to kill him. Aragorn rushes forward and holds his hands to stop him
 
ARAGORN: No, my lord! No, my lord. Let him go. Enough blood has been spilt on his account.
 
Aragorn offers Grima a hand, but he just spits on it and scrambles to his feet, pushing past the people
 
GRIMA: Get out of my way!
 
HAMA: Hail, Theoden King!
 
The people in the city kneel before Theoden.  Those from the Great Hall do the same as Aragorn's kneels at Theoden's side.  Grima rides out of Edoras

Theoden turns back to the Golden Hall and looks at everyone
 

THEODEN: Where is Theodred? Where is my son?

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