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Re: The Return of the King Screenplay (Theatrical Edition)

Postby Amroth » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:10 am

Scene 50: "The Eagles Are Coming"

INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

FELLOWSHIP fight BRAVELY . . . a hideous screech rends the AIR!

ANGLE ON: GANDALF looks up to a NAZGUL diving straight toward
him!

CLOSE ON: GANDALF eyes flicker as a small MOTH flutters
across his line of sight.

(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:


ANGLE ON: THE FELL BEAST - JAWS OPEN, TALONS EXTENDED!

Another cry rends the air as . . .

SMACK! The GIANT EAGLE, GWAHIR, SMASHES into the FELLBEAST,
it's claws ripping into the HIDEOUS MONSTER'S NECK!

ANGLE ON: PIPPIN in the midst of BATTLE looks up.

PIPPIN
(disbelieving)
Eagles . . .

Above the BATTLE attack formation, more EAGLES appear . . .

. . . PIPPIN (cont'd)
The Eagles are coming! The Eagles are coming!

The EAGLES engage the NAZGUL!
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Re: The Return of the King Screenplay (Theatrical Edition)

Postby Amroth » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:11 am

Scene 51: The Crack of Doom

CUT TO-

EXT. DOOR OF SAMMATH NAUR, MOUNT DOOM - DAY

ANGLE ON: SAM is GASPING, his lungs EXPLODING as he RACES up
the SLOPES of MOUNT DOOM searching for FRODO.

ANGLE ON: SAM arriving at the STONE DOORWAY of SAMMATH NAUR
. . . leading into the MOUNTAIN!

SAM staggers into it!

INT. THE CRACK OF DOOM TUNNEL - DAY

ANGLE ON: SAM flinches against the FIERCE HEAT blasting down
the TUNNEL.

SAM
(yelling)
Frodo!

SAM lurches forward ... towards an ORANGE GLOW deep in the
HEART of the MOUNTAIN.

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INT. CRACK OF DOOM - DAY

The HEAT is almost UNBEARABLE ... SAM sees FRODO in the
DISTANCE ...

FRODO
I'm here, Sam.

ANGLE ON: FRODO is standing on the EDGE of the CRACK OF DOOM
. . . a deep LAVA FILLED CHASM, in the very heart of ancient
SAURON'S FORGES, the greatest in Middle-earth.

The RAGING ORANGE GLARE from the CHASM turns FRODO into a
BLACK SILHOUETTE . . . standing TENSE and STILL.

FRODO holds the RING in his HAND . . . he RAISES IT, holding
it over the BUBBLING LAVA far below.-

SAM
(yelling)
Destroy it - go on! Throw it in the fire!

CLOSE ON: FRODO . . . a STRANGE EXPRESSION on his face . . .

SAM (cont'd)
What are you waiting for? Just let it go!

ON THE SOUNDTRACK: The HUM of the RING grows louder and
louder! FRODO PULLS the RING close to his body as he turns to
SAM.

FRODO looks at SAM, the RING has finally taken him.

FRODO
The Ring is mine.

SAM SCREAMS as . . .

... FRODO PUTS THE RING ON! He VANISHES!

SAM
No! :

CUT TO:

Final Revision - October, 2003 135.



EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

With a storm of wings, the NAZGUL wheel around and hurtle
towards MOUNT DOOM!

In the midst of the BATTLE - GANDALF ... realising FRODO has
been seen . . .

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. CRACK OF DOOM - DAY

CLOSE ON: SAM is SCREAMING for FRODO . . .

ANGLE ON: FOOTPRINTS moving across the ASH COVERED CAVERN
FLOOR!

SUDDENLY! GOLLUM smashes a ROCK down on SAM'S HEAD, knocking
him to the GROUND!

GOLLUM LEAPS on to the INVISIBLE FRODO!

CLOSE ON: FRODO'S FOOTPRINTS . . . staggering about under
GOLLUM'S WEIGHT!

ANGLE ON: GOLLUM clawing FRANTICALLY, riding on the BACK of
the INVISIBLE FRODO . . .

INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ARAGORN turns and is confronted by an ARMOURED TROLL,
wielding an ENORMOUS MALLET . . .

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. CRACK OF DOOM

GOLLUM suddenly LIFTS HIS HANDS to his face ... and BITES
HARD!

ANGLE ON: FRODO MATERIALIZES as he DROPS TO HIS KNEES,
clutching his BLEEDING HAND . . . he SCREAMS.

(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:


The FIRES below roar in anger, RED LIGHT blazes, and all the
cavern is filled with a great glare and heat.

INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ANGLE ON: LEGOLAS as ARAGORN falls to the GROUND . . .

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. CRACK OF DOOM - DAY

CLOSE ON: GOLLUM triumphantly HOLDS the RING ALOFT . . .
ECSTATIC!

CLOSE ON: GOLLUM dancing GLEEFULLY . . . PERILOUSLY close to
the EDGE OF THE CHASM!

INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ARAGORN turns to see HUGE TROLL FEET moving CLOSER ...
LEGOLAS races toward him ...

INT. CRACK OF DOOM

GOLLUM still TRIUMPHANT . . . on the edge of the PRECIPICE ...
The FIERY LAVA casting an EVIL LIGHT . . . He jumps about in
DELIGHT . . .

GOLLUM
Precious! Precious!

ANGLE ON: FRODO rises slowly . . . his EYES lock on GOLLUM . . .
time seems to stand still as each regards the other ...

CLOSE ON: the RING glinting in GOLLUM'S HAND . . . BEAUTIFUL
... POWERFUL ... EVIL . . .

SUDDENLY! FRODO lunges at GOLLUM ...

FRODO thuds into GOLLUM, lifting him off his feet . . .

(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:


ANGLE ON: FRODO and GOLLUM locked in STRUGGLE plummet over
the EDGE OF THE CHASM.

INTERCUT WITH:



EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

THUD! The HUGE FOOT of the CAVE TROLL lands on ARAGORN'S
chest. He STABS at. it ineffectually . . .

ANGLE ON: GANDALF in despair ...

INTERCUT WITH:

INT. CRACK OF DOOM

SAM watches in HORROR as FRODO and GOLLUM ... disappear into
the CHASM! He staggers over . . .

SLOW MOTION: GOLLUM falls into the CRACK OF DOOM . . .
INSTANTLY engulfed in the CHURNING LAVA!

ANGLE ON: SAM leans into the CRACK OF DOOM . . .

ANGLE ON: FRODO clinging onto the ROCK FACE with his ONE GOOD
HAND!

The CAVERNS are SHAKING VIOLENTLY.

SAM desperately reaches for him . . . FRODO is too far down.

SAM
Give me your hand.

CLOSE ON: FRODO looks at SAM, his face impassive.

SAM (cont'd)
Take my hand!

FRODO struggles to reach SAM . . . he.can't reach WITH HIS
BLEEDING hand, and falls'back, still clinging valiantly to
the ROCK with his good hand . . .

(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:


SAM (cont'd)
No!

ANGLE ON: FRODO looks at SAM imploringly . . .

SAM (cont'd)
Don't you let go! Don't let go.
(desperate)
Reach!!!

ANGLE ON: FRODO reaches up once more and this time SAM GRASPS
his hand TIGHTLY .

CLOSE ON: The RING sits on the river of LAVA for a brief
moment, then SINKS away . . . .
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Re: The Return of the King Screenplay (Theatrical Edition)

Postby Amroth » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:12 am

Scene 52: Sauron Defeated

WIDE ON: Across the GREAT PLAINS - MOUNT DOOM is clearly
IMPLODING ...

INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

On the BATTLEFIELD, all eyes turn to MOUNT DOOM ...

ANGLE ON: The CAVE TROLL, with ARAGORN at his mercy, is
distracted by the SOUNDS emanating from MORDOR . . . he turns
in TERROR and RUNS OFF . . .

EXT. BARAD-DUR - DAY

ANGLE ON: The FELLOWSHIP turn to watch as the MASSIVE DARK
TOWER of SAURON shakes itself to pieces!

TOWERS FALL and WALLS CRUMBLE; vast spires of SMOKE and
spouting STEAM billow up!

The FOUNDATIONS explode apart ...

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

The BLACK GATES collapse in a huge cloud of ASH!

(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:


THE ORCS are FLEEING in all DIRECTIONS . . . As the very
foundations of MORDOR collapse!

THE COMPANY watch as MOUNT DOOM explodes ... the reason for
their MISERY is clear . . . it's plain FRODO and SAM can never
survive the cataclysm
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Re: The Return of the King Screenplay (Theatrical Edition)

Postby Amroth » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:13 am

Scene 53: The End of All Things

CUT TO:

EXT. SLOPES OF MOUNT DOOM - DAY

The VOLCANO is ERUPTING, FIRE belches from it's riven summit,
sending LAVA streaming down it's sides..

ANGLE ON: FRODO and SAM stagger out of the SAMMATH NAUR DOOR
. . . all around ASH and MOLTEN ROCKS fall. The SKIES burst
into THUNDER, seared with LIGHTNING.

The screaming NAZGUL fall from the sky in FLAMES!

The ground is shaking so violently that FRODO and SAM can
barely stand.

FRODO stumbles . . . SAM helps him up . . . FRODO smiles.

FRODO . ..
It's gone . . . it's done.

SAM looks down at FRODO ... FRODO'S FACE is at PEACE ... his
BURDEN destroyed . . .

SAM
Yes, Mr. Frodo ... it's over now.

FRODO and SAM crawl onto a ROCK as LAVA streams towards them
. . . in seconds THEIR ROCK is an island in a sea of MOLTEN
FIRE. ,'
.

FRODO shuts his eyes . . .

FRODO
(remembering)
I can see the Shire ... The Brandywine
River, Bag End, Gandalf's fireworks . . . the
lights in the Party Tree . . .
(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:


SAM
Rosie Cotton dancing ... she had ribbons in
her hair . . .
(sobs)
. . . if ever I was to marry someone . . . it
would have been her . . . it would have been
her.

FRODO glances at SAM . . . he is WEEPING.

CLOSE ON: FRODO wrapping an ARM around SAM'S SHOULDER.

FRODO
(calm)
I'm glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee . . .
here at the end of all things.

HIGH WIDE: TWO TINY HOBBITS waiting to die amid a cataclysmic
landscape . . . LAVA erupts around them ... FIREBALLS rain down
from the sky.

We SLOWLY FADE TO BLACK ...

FADE UP:

SLOW MOTION: GWAIHIR, the GREAT EAGLE flaps towards CAMERA
. . . He bears GANDALF on his back, and is followed by TWO MORE
EAGLES.

WIDE SHOT . . . The EAGLES bravely fly amid the RAINING ASH and
MOLTEN ROCKS ... and SNATCH FRODO and SAM from the ROCK!

CLOSE ON: FRODO'S FACE . . . as the FIERY VOLCANO recedes away
beneath him . . . the wind ruffles his hair . . . he PASSES OUT.

FADE TO BLACK.
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Re: The Return of the King Screenplay (Theatrical Edition)

Postby Amroth » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:13 am

Scene 54: The Fellowship Reunited

INT. MINAS TIRITH, HOUSES OF HEALING - DAY

SLOW MOTION ... FRODO'S eyes flutter open ... looking around
slowly his eyes alight on GANDALF ...

FRODO
Gandalf?


(CONTINUED)

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GANDALF'S face breaks into a smile ... then laughter ...

. . . as MERRY and PIPPIN run in . . . jumping on the bed and
hugging FRODO . . .

GIMLI and LEGOLAS enter the room . . . their joy is PLAIN . . .

ARAGORN joins them - the FELLOWSHIP is complete . . .

. . . finally FRODO'S eyes fall upon a FIGURE standing apart
from the others . . . it is SAM ...

CLOSE ON: FRODO'S and SAM'S eyes meet . . .
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Re: The Return of the King Screenplay (Theatrical Edition)

Postby Amroth » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:14 am

Scene 55: The Return of the King

CUT TO:

EXT. MINAS TIRITH, COURT OF THE KINGS - DAY

ANGLE ON: SWEEPING over the MINAS TIRITH WALLS, racing
towards the TOP of the CITY ... through a BLIZZARD of WHITE
FLOWER PETALS! MINAS TIRITH is restored . . . it gleams WHITE
in the BRIGHT SUN.

SOARING UP: to REVEAL the COURT OF THE KINGS, CROWDED with
4000 PEOPLE . . . cramming the WIDE PATH leading to the TOWER
HALL! ;

CLOSE ON: The CROWN of CONDOR glints in the BRILLIANT
SUNSHINE . . .

GANDALF places the CROWN upon ARAGORN'S head.

GANDALF
Now come the days of the King ...

ARAGORN smiles up at GANDALF . . .

GANDALF (cont'd) :
(softly to Aragorn)
May they be blessed.

ARAGORN slowly RISES, turning to face the CROWD, who CHEER
and CLAP for their KING . . .



(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:


ARAGORN
This day does not belong to one man but to
all. Let us together rebuild this world
that we may share in the days of peace.

The CHEERS of his PEOPLE are DEAFENING ...

ARAGORN sings for his people ... Then WALKS in SLOW
PROCESSION down the WHITE PAVED PATH as the CROWD BOW their
heads in respect to their NEW KING ...

ARAGORN passes EOWYN and FARAMIR who bow before him ... EOMER
steps FORWARD to bow in respect ...

TRUMPETS SOUND as a PROCESSION of ELVES, dressed in
shimmering SILVERS and WHITES, led by LEGOLAS approach the
KING ... LEGOLAS gestures behind him . . .

CLOSE ON: ARAGORN'S eyes scan amongst the ELVES

ANGLE ON: A BANNER carried aloft bearing the WHITE TREE of
CONDOR in FULL FLOWER . . . the RANKS of ELVES part revealing:

ARWEN, eyes shining ... MORTAL now, but deeply in love ...
carrying the STANDARD of CONDOR ... ARAGORN kisses her

ELROND looks on . . . his face breaks into a smile.

ARAGORN and ARWEN embrace.

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN and ARWEN walking through the CROWD towards
four SMALL FIGURES who stand nervously at the end of the
AVENUE . . .

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN and ARWEN look on FRODO, SAM, MERRY and
PIPPIN, as they stand before them . . .

The FOUR HOBBITS, dressed in their OLD CLOTHES, clean and
mended, bow their heads ...

ARAGORN raises his HAND.

ARAGORN (cont'd)
My friends ... you bow to no-one.


(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED: ( 2 )


ANGLE ON: ARAGORN drops on ONE KNEE, kneeling before THE
HOBBITS, his head bowed ... followed by all assembled there.

CLOSE ON: TEARS spring into FRODO'S EYES. He clutches SAM'S
shoulder as 4000 PEOPLE pay homage to the courage of two
little Hobbits from the Shire.

CAMERA RISES INTO THE AIR ... away from the CROWDED CITADEL,
until MINAS TIRITH becomes a SPECK in the LANDSCAPE ...
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Re: The Return of the King Screenplay (Theatrical Edition)

Postby Amroth » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:15 am

Scene 56: Homeward Bound

CUT TO:



EXT. MIDDLE EARTH MAP - DAY

DISSOLVING into the PARCHMENT MAP of MIDDLE-EARTH ... Slowly
drifting across the MAP towards the WEST ...

FRODO V/0
And thus it was a Fourth Age of Middle-
earth began, and the Fellowship of the
Ring, though eternally bound by friendship
and love, was ended.
Thirteen months to the day since Gandalf ,.
sent us on our long journey . . .

CUT TO:

EXT. HOBBITON - DUSK

FRODO V/0
. . . we found ourselves looking upon a
familiar sight . . . We were home!

MATCHING MOVE: Revealing HOBBITON bathed in a WARM SUNSET ...
As FRODO, SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN ride into SHOT on PONIES ...
past ODO PROUDFOOT who shakes his head at the STRANGENESS of
their appearance.

INT. THE GREEN DRAGON INN - NIGHT

FRODO brings a round of drinks to the TABLE.



(CONTINUED)

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Nearby a HUGE FUSS is being made of a LARGE PUMPKIN which has
been brought in to be shown off.

ANGLE ON: The FOUR FRIENDS look at each other. A WORLD of
experience now separates from their fellow HOBBITS.

Seated at a long table, the FOUR FRIENDS raise their glasses
. . . SAM eye is suddenly caught!

ANGLE ON: ROSIE COTTON who is serving behind the BAR . . .

SAM steels himself and leaves to go and TALK to ROSIE ...

FRODO, MERRY and PIPPIN exchange smiles as . . .

CUT TO:



EXT. HOBBITON - DAY

On a BEAUTIFUL sunny day, SAM and ROSIE are MARRIED ... With
their dearest FRIENDS gathered around them . . .

ROSIE throws a beautiful bouquet of FLOWERS . . . it's caught
by PIPPIN who smiles in embarrassment ...
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Re: The Return of the King Screenplay (Theatrical Edition)

Postby Amroth » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:16 am

Scene 57: The Grey Havens

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. BAG END - DAY

FRODO walks through BAG END to his STUDY ...

FRODO V/0
How do you pick up the threads of an old
life? How do you go on, when in your heart
you begin to understand. There is no going
back. There are some things that time
cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep.
That have taken hold.

ANGLE ON: FRODO . . . from behind. He is HUNCHED over a DESK...

PUSH IN . . . to reveal BILBO'S RED BOOK open on FRODO'S DESK.
He is WRITING in the LAST CHAPTERS ...
(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:
in careful neat HANDWRITING. FRODO turns back the pages,
REVEALING: There and Back Again - A Hobbit's Tale, by Bilbo
Baggins. He writes below it as SAM GAMGEE calls out from the
door:

SAM O.S
Mr Frodo?

CLOSE ON: FRODO WINCES with a sharp GASP of PAIN . . . He puts •
the PEN down and CLUTCHES at his SHOULDER . . .

SAM has entered the ROOM and stands BEHIND FRODO ...

SAM .
(concerned) -
What is it? -

CLOSE ON: FRODO . . . He is DRAWN and PALE.

FRODO
It's been four years to the day since
Weathertop, Sam. It's never really healed.

CLOSE ON: SAM . . . at a loss for words. His EYES fall to the
BOOK. .....'•

SAM , "
(reading)
"There and Back Again . . . A Hobbit's Tale,
by Bilbo Baggins".

TILT DOWN: to FRODO'S HANDWRITING:

SAM (cont'd)
(reading)
" . . . And The Lord of the Rings, by Frodo
Baggins".
(delighted) :
You've finished it! -

FRODO
(closing the book)
Not quite . . . There's room for a little
more.

CUT TO:

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EXT. HOBBITON FIELDS - EARLY MORNING

LYRICAL MUSIC OVER ...

A COLD WINTER'S MORNING ... Out of the FOG rattles a SMALL
COVERED WAGON; GANDALF is at the REINS.

ANGLE ON: FRODO, SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN are waiting on PONIES
for the WAGON . . . all are wearing their GREY ELVEN ROBES.

FRODO V/0
Bilbo once told me, the great stories never
end - that each of us must come and go in
the telling. His part in this tale was now
over. There would be no more journeys for
Bilbo. Save one.

CLOSE ON: GANDALF arrives in his CART . . .

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. WEST FARTHING - DAY

WIDE ON: The WAGON trundles along at a SEDATE PACE.

SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN ride behind, leading FRODO'S EMPTY
PONY.

BILBO O.S.
(frail)
Tell me again, lad. Where are we going?

FRODO O.S.
To the harbour, Bilbo. The Elves have
accorded you a special honour. A place on
the last ship to leave Middle-earth.

INT. WAGON - DAY

CLOSE ON: FRODO is SITTING in the WAGON . . . his ARM around
his UNCLE BILBO.

BILBO is extremely OLD and FRAIL. He is DOZING . . . his head
slumped.


(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:


BILBO'S eyes flutter OPEN . . . with effort he raises his head


BILBO
(frail)
Frodo ... Any chance of seeing that old
ring of mine ... the one I gave you?

FRODO
(quietly)
Sorry, Uncle . . . I'm afraid, I lost it.

BILBO
(frail)
Oh . . . pity. I should like to have held it
one last time. •

BILBO nods back to sleep ... FRODO rests his head against
him.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. THE GREY HAVENS - DUSK

ANGLE ON: FRODO, walking arm-in-arm with BILBO through a
beautiful ELVEN BOAT-HOUSE ... GANDALF follows with MERRY,
PIPPIN and SAM.

CLOSE ON: As BILBO looks up, he is STUNG by the BEAUTY before
hm . . .
i

BILBO
Oh! Well, here's a sight I have never•seen
before.

TRACKING: Passing under a beautiful ELVEN ARCHWAY . . .

. . . to reveal a WHITE SHIP, ready to depart from a WHITE
STONE DOCK.

ANGLE ON: ELROND, CELEBORN and GALADRIEL are waiting for
them.

The SETTING SUN slowly dropping behind the SEA ... visible
between the HEADLANDS of a beautiful INLET.
(CONTINUED)

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The lighting is beautiful . . . S U N streams through the sails,
casting an ethereal glow on THE GROUP as they walk onto the
DOCK.

BILBO bows in acknowledgement to ELROND, CELEBORN and
GALADRIEL, who return his GREETING.

GALADRIEL
The power of the Three Rings is ended. The
time has come for the Dominion of Men.

ELROND
(ELVISH: with subtitles)
I Aear can ven na mar.

T he Sea calls us ho me.


ELROND holds out his ARMS to BILBO who suddenly seems MUCH
YOUNGER and SPRIGHTLIER . . . He sets off down the PATH TOWARD
his HOSTS . . .

BILBO
I think I'm quite ready for another
adventure.

BILBO walks down toward the BOAT and BOARDS with ELROND . . .

ANGLE ON: FRODO looks up . . . GALADRIEL is watching him. She
SMILES, TURNS and BOARDS the BOAT . . .

GANDALF kneels before SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN - who are all
looking TEARFUL.

GANDALF
Farewell, my brave Hobbits. My work is now
finished. Here at last, on the shores of
the sea, comes the end of our Fellowship.

There is GREAT SADNESS . . . MERRY SNIFFLES LOUDLY.

GANDALF (cont'd)
I will not say: "do not weep", for not all
tears are an evil.


(CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED: (2)


CLOSE ON: GANDALF turns and walks away . . . FRODO is DOWNCAST
... SUDDENLY, GANDALF turns and looks toward him.

GANDALF (cont'd)
It is time, Frodo.

ANGLE ON: GANDALF looks at FRODO then turns and slowly walks
towards the GANGPLANK to board the SHIP.

SAM
(alarmed)
What does he mean?

CLOSE ON: FRODO turns to SAM. . . .

FRODO
(gently)
We set out to save the Shire, and it has
been saved ... but not for me . . .

SAM
(shaken)
You don't mean that - you can't leave.

ANGLE ON: SAM looks down . . . FRODO is holding BILBO'S RED
JOURNAL out towards him.

FRODO
The last pages are for you, Sam.

SAM is SOBBING . . . MERRY and PIPPIN are DISTRAUGHT . . . .

FRODO hugs MERRY and PIPPIN, and last of all SAM . . . and
climbs on board the SHIP.

ANGLE ON: FRODO a look of WONDERMENT crosses his face . . . as
he STEPS FORWARD and ACCEPTS GANDALF'S HAND . . . finally
released from his pain, care falls from his face . . . he is
the young FRODO we first met so long ago.

SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN comfort each other as the WHITE SHIP
glides away from the DOCK ...

WIDE ON: The WHITE BOAT sails away towards the HEADLANDS,
disappearing into the GOLDEN LIGHT of the SETTING SUN.
(CONTINUED)

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ANGLE ON: SAM in growing darkness, still follows the
departing SHIP with his eyes, MERRY and PIPPIN are already
preparing to leave.

CUT TO:

EXT. NO.3 BAGSHOT ROW - MORNING

ANGLE ON: SAM walks up the path towards his house . . .

A LITTLE GIRL toddles up to greet him.

SAM
Elanor!

He hugs his daughter . . .

FRODO V/0
My dear Sam. You cannot always be torn in
two. You have to be one and whole for many
years. You have so much enjoy and to be and
to do. Because Sam, your part in the
journey goes on.

ANGLE ON: ROSIE COTTON steps up and kisses SAM on the cheek
. . . she gives him a TINY BABY BOY to cradle.

SAM
Hello, little Frodo!

ANGLE ON: SAM with his FAMILY . . . he draws a deep breath:

SAM (cont'd)
Well ... I'm back.

SAM looks at his LOVELY FAMILY with GREAT HAPPINESS, tinged
with a little SADNESS . . .

SAM and ROSIE take the CHILDREN'S HANDS and enter BAGSHOT . . .
the BRIGHT YELLOW DOORWAY closes behind them.

FADE TO BLACK.

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