Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

[A large army of orcs walks towards Minas Tirith.]

[Trolls beat drums as the orcs march, pushing large siege towers.]


[Aragorn's party moves inside the Paths of the Dead, past piles of skulls.]

Gimli: "What is it? What do you see?"

Legolas: "I see shapes of men and of horses."

Gimli: "Where?"

Legolas: "Pale banners like shreds of cloud. Spears rise like winter-thickets through a shroud of mist. The dead are following. They have been summoned."

Gimli: "The Dead? Summoned? I knew that. Very good. Very good. Legolas!"

[Gimli runs to catch up. Shapes of arms are surround Legolas and Aragorn, who brush them aside. Gimli puffs at the ghosts around him.]

Aragorn: "Do not look down."

[Gimli stops at a snapping sound under his feet. He looks down and sees hundreds of skulls. Every step he takes lets a crackling out.]


[Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli run into a great underground hall with a large doorway.]

The King of the Dead: "Who enters my domain?"

[A ghost appears.]

Aragorn: "One who will have your allegiance."

The King of the Dead: "The dead do not suffer the living to pass."

Aragorn: "You will suffer me!"

[The King laughs. A dead city appears.]

[Dead soldiers walk out of the city and encircle the living.]

The King of the Dead: "The way is shut. It was made by those who are dead. And the dead keep it."

The King of the Dead: "The way is shut. Now you must die."

[The King approaches Aragorn. Legolas shoots at King, but the arrow passes right through the ghost's head.]

Aragorn: "I summon you to fulfill your oath."

The King of the Dead: "None but the King of Gondor may command me!"

[Aragorn draws the sword of the King.]

[The ghosts swings at Aragorn. Aragorn parries the blow with the Sword of Elendil, much to the ghost's surprise.]

The King of the Dead: "That bind was broken!"

Aragorn: "It has been remade."

[Aragorn shoves back the ghost.]

Aragorn: "Fight for us, and regain your honor. What say you?"

[Aragorn surveys the dead soldiers.]

Aragorn: "What say you?"

Gimli: "You waste your time, Aragorn! They had no honor in life, they have none now in death."

Aragorn: "I am Isildur's heir. Fight for me and I will hold your oaths fulfilled! What say you!"

[The King of the Dead smirks.]


[The Dead King laughs as his army begins to fade.]

Aragorn: "You have my word! Fight, and I will release you from this living death! What say you?"

Gimli: "Stand, you traitors!"

[The ground shakes. Skulls roll on the floor. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli turn to the breaking doorway to see thousands of skulls flowing out of it.]

Aragorn: "Out!"

[They run, but are nearly swept away by the skulls.]

Aragorn: "Legolas! Run!"

[The party fights their way through the sea of skulls and escapes to the outdoors.]

[Emerging from the doorway in the mountainside, Aragorn sees the black ships and the cities they have sacked.]

[Aragorn falls to his knees in despair.]

[Aragorn hears a sound behind him and turns around. The King of the Dead appears before the heir to the Gondorian throne.]

The King of the Dead: "We fight!"