As Duas Torres – parte 2/2

We are hobbits of the Shire. Frodo Baggins is my name and this is Samwise Gamgee.
FARAMIR
Your bodyguard?
SAM
His gardener.
FARAMIR
And where is your skulking friend? That gangrel creature. He had an ill-favoured look.
 
 
[Scene cuts to Faramir approaching Sam and Frodo in the cave]
FARAMIR
My men tell me that you are orc spies.
SAM
Spies! Now wait just a minute.
FARAMIR
Well if you’re not spies, then who are you? Speak!
FRODO
FRODO
There was no other. We set out from Rivendell with seven companions. One we lost in Moria. Two were my kin. A dwarf there was also. And an elf. And two men. Aragorn, son of Arathorn and Boromir of Gondor.
FARAMIR
You were a friend of Boromir?
FRODO
Yes. For my part.
FARAMIR
It would grieve you then to learn that he is dead?
FRODO
Dead? How? When?
FARAMIR
As one of his companions, I had hoped you would tell me. He was my brother.
GON
Captain Faramir.
[Faramir takes Frodo to the entrance of the Forbidden Pool. Gollum can be seen below]
FARAMIR
You must come with me.
[Scene changes to Faramir and Frodo, standing on the edge on the rock, looking down at Smeagol]
FARAMIR
Now. Down there. To enter the Forbidden Pool bears the penalty of death.
[Faramir points to four other men holding bow and arrow at Smeagol]
FAMARIR
They wait for my command. Shall they shoot?
GOLLUM
Rock and pool is nice and cool, so juicy sweet. I only wish to catch a fish, so juicy sweet!
FRODO
Wait. This creature is bound to me. And I to him. He is our guide. Please, let me go down to him.
[Faramir nods slightly]
[Camera goes down to Smeagol as Frodo appears behind him]
FRODO
Smeagol. Master is here. Come, Smeagol. Trust master. Come.
GOLLUM
We must go now?
FRODO
Smeagol, you must trust master. Follow me, come on. Come. Come, Smeagol. Nice Smeagol. That’s it. Come on.
[As Smeagol edges closer and closer to Frodo, Faramir’s men grab him]
FRODO
Don’t hurt him! Smeagol don’t struggle! Smeagol listen to me.
GOLLUM
Master!
[The men put a sack over Smeagol]
[Scene cuts to inside, with Smeagol lying on the floor and Faramir standing over him]
FARAMIR
Where are you leading them? Answer me!
GOLLUM
Smeagol. Why does it cry, Smeagol?
SMEAGOL
Frodo hurts us. Master tricked us.
GOLLUM
Of course he did. I told you he was tricksy. I told you he was false.
SMEAGOL
Master is our friend… our friend.
GOLLUM
Master betrayed us.
SMEAGOL
No, but it’s business. Leave us alone.
GOLLUM
Filthy little hobbites. They stole it from us.

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SMEAGOL
No.
FARAMIR
What did they steal?
GOLLUM
My…..[Shouts] precioussss!!!
The Confrontation
[Scene cuts Frodo and Sam, in the cave area]
SAM
We have to get out of here. You go. Go. Now. You can do it. Use the Ring, Mr. Frodo. Just this once. Put it on. Disappear.
FRODO
I can’t. You were right, Sam. You tried to tell me. I’m sorry. The Ring’s taking me, Sam. If I put it on, he’ll find me. He’ll see.
SAM
Mr. Frodo.
[Suddenly Faramir enters, and draws a sword on Frodo]
FARAMIR
So… this is the answer to all the riddles. Here in the wild I have you. Two haflings and a host of men at my call. And the ring of power within my grasp. A chance for Faramir, captain of Gondor, to show his quality.
[Frodo suddenly pushes the blade away and runs into the corner]
FRODO
No!
SAM
Stop it! Leave him alone! Don’t you understand?! He’s got to destroy it. That’s where we’re going. To Mordor. To the Mountain of Fire.
GON
Osgiliath is under attack. They call for reinforcements.
SAM
Please. It’s such a burden. Will you not help him?
GON
Captain?
FARAMIR
Prepare to leave. The Ring will go to Gondor.

[Scene cuts to Aragorn, weakly riding upon Brego. Aragorn sees the Uruks marching and makes his way to Helm’s Deep]
ARAGORN
[in elvish to Brego]
[Aragorn finally arrives at Hems Deep. He dismounts from Brego]
GIMLI: [Shoving his way through] Get out of my way! Im going to kill him! You are the trickiest, the luckiest, most reckless man I ever knew! Bless you, laddie!
ARAGORN
Where is the king?
[Aragorn runs into Legolas]
LEGOLAS
[in elvish] You’re late. You look terrible.
ARAGORN
[in elvish] Thank you.
THEODEN
A great host, you say?
ARAGORN
All Isengard is emptied.
THEODEN
How many?
ARAGORN
Ten thousand strong at least.
THEODEN
Ten-thousand?
ARAGORN
It is an army bred for a single purpose: to destroy the world of Men. They will be here by nightfall.
THEODEN
Let them come.
THEODEN
I want every man and strong lad able to bear arms, to be ready for battle by nightfall. We will cover the causeway and the gate from above. No army has ever breached the deeping wall or set foot inside the Hornburg.
GIMLI
This is no rabble of mindless orcs. These are Uruk-Hai. There armour is thick and their shields broad.
THEODEN
I have fought many wars, Master Dwarf. I know how to defend my own keep. They will break upon this fortress like water on rock. Saruman’s hordes will pillage and burn, we’ve seen it before. Crops can be resown. Homes rebuilt. Within these walls, we will outlast them.
ARAGORN
They do not come to destroy Rohan’s crops or villages. They come to destroy its people. Down to the last child.

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THEODEN
What would you have me do? Look at my men. Their courage hangs by a thread. If this is to be our end, then I would have them make such an end as to be worthy of remembrance!
ARAGORN
Send out riders, my lord. You must call for aid.
THEODEN
And who will come. Elves? Dwarves? We are not so lucky in our friends as you. The old alliances are dead.
ARAGORN
Gondor will answer.
THEODEN
Gondor? Where was Gondor when the Westfold fell? Where was Gondor when our enemies closed in around us? Where was – No, my lord Aragorn, we are alone. Get the women and children into the caves.
GAMLING
We need more time to lay provisions for a siege, lord –
THEODEN
There is no time. War is upon us!
GAMLING
Secure the gate.

[Scene cuts to a clearing in the forest. More and more Ents appear]
TREEBEARD: The ents have not troubled about the wars of men and wizards for a very long time. But now something is about to happen that has not happened for an age… ent moot.
MERRY
What’s that?
TREEBEARD
A gathering.
MERRY
A gathering of what?
TREEBEARD
Beech, oak, chestnut, ash. Good, good, many have come. Now we must decide if the ents will go to war.

[Scene cuts to all the ‘soldiers’ collecting their weapons and armour, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli look on]
ARAGORN
Farmer, fairies, stable boys. These are no soldiers.
GIMLI
Most have seen too many winters.
LEGOLAS
Or too few. Look at them. They’re frightened. I can see it in their eyes. (Boe a hûn: neled herain dan caer menig.) And they should be. 300 against 10,000?
ARAGORN
[Si beriach a hýn. Amar na ned Edoras.] They have a better chance here than in Edoras.
LEGOLAS: [Aragorn, men i ndagor. Hýn ú-gâr ortheri. Natha daged aen.] Every one will die tonight.
ARAGORN
Then I shall die as one them!
[Aragorn storms off]
GIMLI
Let him go, lad. Let him be.

[Scene goes to Theoden, s
tanding inside, with Gamling behind him, with the kings armour]
GAMLING
Every villager able to wield a sword has been sent to the armoury. My lord?
THEODEN
Who am I, Gamling?
GAMLING
You are our king, sire.
THEODEN
And do you trust your king?
GAMLING
You’re men, my lord, will follow you to whatever end.
THEODEN
To whatever end. Where is the horse and the rider. Where is the horn that was blowing. They have passed like rain on the mountains. Like wind in the meadow. The days have gone down in the west. Behind the hills, into shadow. How did it come to this.
[Scene cuts to Aragorn, sitting outside on some steps. He watches a young lad, fully armoured carrying his sword, with a frightened look on his face]
ARAGORN
Give me your sword. What is your name?
HALETH
Haleth, son of Hama, my lord. The men are saying that we will not live out the night. They say that it is hopeless.

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ARAGORN
This is a good sword, Haleth, son of Hama. There is always hope.
[Scene cuts to Aragorn inside, putting on his armour. As he is going to pick up his sword, Legolas hands it to him]
LEGOLAS
We have trusted you this far and you have not led us astray. Forgive me. I was wrong to despair.
ARAGORN
Ú-moe … There is nothing to forgive, Legolas.
GIMLI
We’ve tried to get this adjusted. It’s a little tight across the chest.
[A horn can be heard from outside]
LEGOLAS
That is no orc horn.
[A procession of smartly dressed elves can be seen marching up to Helms Deep]
ROH
Send for the king. Open the gate!
THEODEN
How is this possible?
HALDIR
I bring word from Elrond of Rivendell. An alliance once existed between elves and men. Long ago we fought and died together. We come to honor that allegiance.
ARAGORN
You are most welcome.
[Aragorn gives Haldir a big hug. At first Haldir is shocked but then hugs Aragorn as well]
HALDIR
We are proud to fight alongside men, once more.
[Scene cuts to Helms Deep. The walls are filled with soldiers, men and elf. The camera flows too and fro along the frontline of soldiers, then to the approaching enemies in the distant. Once again the camera goes along the line of soldiers behind the wall, stopping when it gets to Legolas and the top of a helmet, worn by Gimli]
GIMLI
You could have picked a better spot. Well lad, the luck you live by, let’s hope it lasts the night.
LEGOLAS
You’re friends are with you, Aragorn.
GIMLI
Let’s hope they last the night.
[The Uruk Hai and co finally arrive and stop about 50 yards away from the wall, growling as the go]
ARAGORN
[Ba-ráe-d-o-?hîn! [?] Ú-danno i failad a thi; an úben tannatha le failad. [?]] Show them no mercy! For you shall receive none!
[The Uruk Hai and co start banging their spears against the ground, making a loud drumming noise. Scene goes back to Gimli and Legolas. Gimli is impatiently jumping up and down, trying to see]
GIMLI
What’s happening out there?
LEGOLAS
Shall I describe it to you? Or would you like me to find you a box?
GIMLI
Hehehehe!!
ARAGORN
[in elvish] Hold!
THEODEN
So it begins.
ARAGORN
[in elvish] Ready arrows!
LEGOLAS
[Hai(n)- ... di na lanc a núrath?] Their armor is weak at the neck and under the arms.
ARAGORN
[in elvish] Fire!
GIMLI
Anybody hit anything?
THEODEN
Give them a volley.
HAMA
Fire!
ARAGORN
[in elvish] Keep firing.
GIMLI
Come on! Send them to me!
ARAGORN
[Pendraid!] Ladders!
GIMLI
Good!

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GIMLI
Legolas, two already!
LEGOLAS
I’m on seventeen!
GIMLI
I’ll have no pointy-ear outscoring me!
LEGOLAS
Nineteen!.

[Scene cuts to Ent Moot]
PIPPIN
Merry.
TREEBEARD
We have just agreed.
[Treebeard dozes off]
MERRY
Yes?
TREEBEARD
I have told your names to the Ent moot and we have agreed: you are not orcs.
PIPPIN
Well that’s good.
MERRY
And what about Saruman? Have you come to a decision about him.
TREEBEARD
Now don’t be hasty, Master Meriadoc.
MERRY
Hasty? Our friends are out there. They cannot fight this war on their own.
TREEBEARD
War, yes. It affects us all. But you must understand, young hobbit. It takes a long time to say anything in old entish and we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.

[Scene cuts to battle]
GIMLI
Seventeen. Eighteen. Nineteen. Twenty. Twenty-one. Twenty-two.
ARAGORN
[in elvish]
THEODEN
Is this it? Is this all you can conjure, Saruman.
[Uruk Hai’s come with two, large spiked balls and bang both at the culvert before retreating. Suddenly a Berserker comes charging at the culvert]
ARAGORN
Legolas, stop him! Kill him!
[Legolas shoots two arrows at him. The Berserker flinches but carries on]
THEODEN
Hold them! Stand fast!
[The Berserker throws himself at the culvert. The wall explodes, massive chunks of rock flying into the Uruk Hai army. Aragorn gets thrown with it and lands on the floor below. Gimli jumps from where he stands onto the approaching Uruk Hai, and battles with them once more]
ARAGORN
Gimli! Prepare to charge! Charge!

[Scene cuts to the Ent gathering]
TREEBEARD
The Ents cannot hold back this storm. We must weather such things as we have always done.
MERRY
How can that be your decision?
TREEBEARD
This is not our war.
MERRY
But your part of this world, aren’t you. You must help. Please. You must do something.
TREEBEARD
You are young and brave, master Merry. But your part in this tale is over. Go back to your home.
PIPPIN
Maybe Treebeard’s right. We don’t belong here, Merry. It’s too big for us. What can we do in the end? We’ve got the Shire. Maybe we should go home.
MERRY
The fires of Isengard will spread. And the woods of Tuckburough and Buckland will burn. And all that was once green and good in this world will be gone. There won’t be a Shire, Pippin.

[Scene cuts back to Helms Deep]
THEODEN
Aragorn, fall back to the gate!

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ARAGORN
Haldir, fall back.
[Legolas and someone else run by, carrying Gimli away from the battle]
GIMLI
What are you doing? Stop it!
[As Haldir prepares to retreat, he gets stabbed in his arm. As he experiences the shock of the pain, another Uruk hai raises his axe and stabs him hard in his back. Haldir sways as his life leaves him, looking at all the dead on the ground.]
ARAGORN
Haldir!
[Aragorn goes down to him and as Haldir falls back into his arms, he sees he is dead]
[Scene cuts to the gate]
HAM
Brace the gate.
THEODEN
To the gate! Draw your swords!
HAM
We can’t hold much longer.
THEODEN
Hold them!
ARAGORN
How long do you need?
THEODEN
As long as you can give me!
ARAGORN
Gimli!
[Both Aragorn and Gimli sneak out through the secret entrance, and spy on the Uruk Hai as they try to break through the gate]
GIMLI
Come on. We can take ‘em!
ARAGORN
It’s a long way.
GIMLI
Toss me.
ARAGORN
What?
GIMLI
I cannot jump the distance so you have to toss me. Don’t tell the elf.
ARAGORN
Not a word.
THEODEN
Shore up the door! Gimli, Aragorn! Get out of there!
LEGOLAS
Aragorn!
THEODEN
Pull everybody back. Pull them back.
GAMLING
Fall back! Fall back!
ARAGORN
They’ve broken through! Come, to the keep!
GAMLING
Retreat! Retreat!
ARAGORN
Inside! Get them inside!

[Scene cuts to Treebeard ca
rrying Merry and Pippin through the forest once again]
TREEBEARD
I will leave you at the western borders of the forest. You can make your way north to your homeland from there.
PIPPIN
Wait! Stop! Stop! Turn around. Turn around. Take us south!
TREEBEARD
South? But that will lead you past Isengard.
PIPPIN: Yes. Exactly. If we go south we can slip past Saruman unnoticed. The closer we are to danger, the farther we are from harm. It’s the last thing he’ll expect.
TREEBEARD
Mmmm. That doesn’t make sense to me. But then, you are very small. Perhaps your right. South it is then. Hold on, little Shirelings. I always like going south. Somehow it feels like going down hill.
MERRY
Are you mad, we’ll be caught.
PIPPIN
No we won’t. Not this time.

[Scene cuts to Faramir still leading the hobbits, on the outskirts of Osgiliath]
GON
Look. Osgiliath burns.

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FRODO
The Ring will not save Gondor. It has only the power to destroy. Please, let me go.
FARAMIR
Hurry.
FRODO
Faramir, you must let me go!

[Scene cuts to Treebeard, walking south through the forest. He is in the middle of telling Merry and Pippin a tale, when he reaches outside and sees stumps where there used to be trees]
TREEBEARD
And a little family of field mice that climb up sometimes and they tickle me awfully. They’re always trying to get somewhere – Many of these trees were my friends. Creatures I had known from nut and acorn.
PIPPIN
I’m sorry, Treebeard.
TREEBEARD
They had voices of their own. Saruman. A wizard should know better. There is no curse in elvish, entish or the tongues of men for this treachery. My business is with Isengard tonight. With a rock and stone.
MERRY
Yes.
[From behind, about a hundred more Ents appear from the forest]
TREEBEARD
Come my friends. The ents are going to war. It is likely that we go to our doom. The last march of the ents.

[Faramir arrives at Osgiliath, with Frodo and Sam. Gon runs up to them]
GON
Faramir, orcs have taken the eastern shore. Their numbers are too great. By nightfall we’ll be overrun.
SAM
Mr. Frodo!
FRODO
It’s calling to him, Sam. His eye is almost on me.
SAM
Hold on, Mr. Frodo.
FARAMIR
Take them to my father. Tell him Faramir sends a mighty gift. A weapon that will change our fortunes in this war.
SAM: You want to know what happened to Boromir? You want to know why your brother died? He tried to take the Ring from Frodo. After swearing an oath to protect him. He tried to kill him. The Ring drove your brother mad. Mr. Frodo?
FRODO
They’re here. They’ve come.
FARAMIR
Nazgul! Stay here. Keep out of sight. Take cover!
Forth Eorlingas

[Back at Helms Deep]
THEODEN
The fortress is taken. It is over.
ARAGORN
You said this fortress would never fall while your men defend it. They still defend it. They have died defending it! Is there no other way for the women and children to get out of the caves? Is there no other way?
GAMLING
There is one passage. It leads into the mountains. But they will not get far. The uruk-hai are too many.
ARAGORN
Send word for the women and children to make for the mountain pass. And barricade the entrance.
THEODEN
So much death. What can men do against such reckless hate.
ARAGORN
Ride out with me. Ride out and meet them.
THEODEN
For death and glory?
ARAGORN
For Rohan. For your people.
GIMLI
The sun is rising.
GANDALF
Look to my coming at first light on the fifth day. At dawn look to the East.
THEODEN
Yes. Yes. The horn of Helm Hammerhand shall sound in the deep one last time.
GIMLI
Yes!

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THEODEN
Let this be the hour when we draw swords together. Fell deed awake. Now for wrath. Now for ruin. And the red dawn! Forth Eorlingas!
ARAGORN
Gandalf.
GANDALF
Theoden, king, stand not alone.
EOMER
Not alone. Rohirrim!
THEODEN
Eomer!
EOMER
To the king!

[The Ents enter Isengard, destroying as they go and throwing rocks[
TREEBEARD
A hit. A fine hit.
TREEBEARD
Break the dam! Release the river.
[Water rushes out of the damn, flooding Isengard]
MERRY
Pippin, hold on!
TREEBEARD
Hold on, gentle hobbits.

[Back In Gondor, Frodo, in a trance, wanders away and up the stairs.]
SAM
What are you doing? Where are you going!
[At the top, he hold out the ring towards the Witch King. Just as the Fell Beast is about to grasp the ring, Sam runs and jumps on Frodo making both fall down the steps. Frodo rolls Sam over once at the bottom, placing Sting against Sams throat]
SAM
It’s me. It’s your Sam. Don’t you know your Sam?
[Frodo realises what he is doing and collapses back, off Sam, and leans against the wall]
FRODO
I can’t do this, Sam.
SAM
I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened.
[As Sam makes his speech, the picture changes to Merry and Pippen as they triumph over destroying Isengard, and to Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli etc as the win their battle]
THEODEN
Victory!
SAM
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something.
FRODO
What are we holding on to, Sam?
SAM
There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.
FARAMIR
I think at last we understand one another, Frodo Baggins.
GON
You know the laws of our country. The laws of your father. If you let them go, your life will be forfeit.
FARAMIR
Then it is forfeit. Release them.

[Epilogue]

GANDALF
Sauron’s wrath will be terrible, his retribution swift. The battle for Helm’s Deep is over. The battle for Middle Earth is about to begin. All our hopes now lie with two little hobbits. Somewhere in the wilderness.
SAM
I wonder if we’ll ever be put into songs or tales.
FRODO
What?

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SAM
I wonder if people will ever say, ‘let’s hear about Frodo and the Ring.’ And they’ll say ‘yes, that’s one of my favorite stories. Frodo was really courageous, wasn’t he, dad.’ ‘yes, my boy, the most famousest of hobbits. And that’s saying alot.’
FRODO
You left out one of the cheif characters. Samwise, the Brave. I want to hear more about Sam. Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam.
SAM
Now Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun. I was being serious.
FRODO
So was I.
SAM
Samwise the Brave.
FRODO
Smeagol!
SAM
We’re not gonna wait for you. Come on.
SMEAGOL
Master looks after us. Master wouldn’t hurt us.
GOLLUM
Master broke his promise.
SMEAGOL
Don’t ask Smeagol. Poor Smeagol.
GOLLUM
Master betrayed us! Wicked, tricksy, false. We ought to ring his filthy little neck. Kill him! Kill him! Kill them both. And then we take the precious and we be the master.
SMEAGOL
The fat hobbit. He knows. He’s always watching.
GOLLUM
Then we stabs them out. Put out his eyeses. And then make him crawl.
SMEAGOL
Yes! Yes! Yes!
GOLLUM
Kill them both.
SMEAGOL
Yes! No. No. It’s too risky, it’s too risky.
SAM
Where’s he gone? Hey Gollum, where are you?
FRODO
Smeagol.
GOLLUM
We could let her do it. Yes. She could do it. Yes, precious she could. And then we takes it once they’re dead. Once they’re dead.
SMEAGOL
Come on, hobbits. Long ways to go yet. Smeagol will show you the way.
GOLLUM
Follow me.