Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

[The Uruk-hai are marching, carrying Merry and Pippin on their backs.]

Pippin: "Merry! Merry!"

[Orcs emerge.]

Grishnakh: "You're late. Our master grows impatient. He wants the Shire-rats now."

Mauhúr: "I don't take orders from Orc-maggots. Saruman will have his prize. We will deliver them."

Pippin: "Merry! Merry! Wake up! My friend is sick! He needs water. Please!"

Mauhúr: "Sick is he? Give him some medicine, boys!"

[Uruks growl, then one pours a sticky red liquid into Merry's mouth.]

[Merry chokes.]

Pippin: "Stop it!"

Mauhúr: "Can't take his draught!"

Pippin: "Leave him alone!"

Mauhúr: "Why? You want some? Huh? Then keep your mouth shut."

Pippin: "Merry."

Merry: "Hello, Pip."

Pippin: "You're hurt."

Merry: "I'm fine. It was just an act."

Pippin: "An act?"

Merry: "See? I fooled you too. Don't worry about me, Pippin."

[One of the big orcs sniffs the air.]

Mauhúr: "What is it? What do you smell?"

Uglúk: "Man-flesh."

Pippin: "Aragorn!"

Mauhúr: "They've picked up our trail! Let's go!"

[The Uruk-hai continue marching. Pippin tears his elven brooch off his cloak with his teeth, and drops it onto the ground.]

[Aragorn is lying down with his ear pressed to the ground.]

Aragorn: "Their pace has quickened. They must have caught our scent. Hurry!"

[Aragon runs off, followed by Legolas and Gimli.]

Legolas: "Come on, Gimli!"

Gimli: "Three day's and night's pursuit… no food, no rest, and no sign of our quarry but what bare rock can tell."

[The thee of them run across plains.]

[The companions enter the valley where the Uruk-hai stopped. Aragorn bends down to pick up Pippin's brooch.]

Aragorn: "Not idly do the leaves of Lorien fall."

[Legolas stops and turns to Aragorn.]

Legolas: "They may yet be alive."

Aragorn: "Less than a day ahead of us, come!"

[Gimli stumbles and rolls to the ground.]

Legolas: "Come Gimli! We are gaining on them."

Gimli: "I'm wasted on cross-country. We dwarves are natural sprinters. Very dangerous over short distances."

[The three of them come over a hill and pause, gazing across the plains.]

Aragorn: "Rohan. Home of the horse-lords."

Aragorn: "There's something strange at work here. Some evil gives speed to these creatures, sets its will against us."

[Legolas scans the landscape before him.]

Aragorn: "Legolas! What do your elf eyes see?"

Legolas: "The Uruks turn Northeast. They are taking the hobbits to Isengard!"

Aragorn: "Saruman."

[The scene changes to Isengard.]

[Saruman is standing in his chamber, his palm over the Palantír.]

Saruman: "The world is changing."

[View changes to the tower of Barad-dûr, showing orcs matching across a bridge.]

Saruman: "Who now has the strength to stand against the armies of Isengard and Mordor."

Saruman: "To stand against the might of Sauron and Saruman, and the union of the Two Towers."

[On top of the tower of Barad-dûr sits the Eye of Sauron.]

Saruman: "Together, My Lord Sauron, we shall rule this Middle-Earth."

[Orcs are working in the caverns of Isengard.]

Saruman (voiceover): "The old world will burn in the fires of industry. Forests will fall. A new order will rise. We will drive the machinery of war with the sword and the spear and the iron fist of the orcs."

Saruman: "We have only to remove those who oppose us."

[Saruman surveys the pits of Isengard.]

Saruman: "I want them armed and ready to march within two weeks!"

Orc: "But my Lord, there are too many! They cannot all be armed in time, we don't have the means."

Saruman: "Build a dam, block the stream, work the furnaces night and day."

Orc: "We don't have enough fuel to feed the fires."

Saruman: "The Forest of Fangorn lies on our doorstep. Burn it."

Orc: "Yes!"

[Saruman's holds an audience in his chamber.]

Dunlending: "We will fight for you."

Saruman: "Swear it."

[Dunlending cuts his hand with a large knife. Blood drips out of his fist.]

Dunlending: "We will die for Saruman."

[Saruman is standing in the middle of a group of Wildmen, who are holding torches and weapons.]

Saruman: "The horsemen took your lands. They drove your people into the hills to scratch the living off rocks."

[The group murmurs in agreement.]

Saruman: "Take back the lands they stole from you. Burn every village!"

[The crowd roars with approval.]

Saruman (voiceover): "It will begin in Rohan. Too long have these peasants stood against you. But no more."

[The Wildmen and orcs attack a village.]

[A woman calls out to her children.]

Mother: "Èothan, Èothan! You take your sister. You'll go faster with just two."

[She puts a little girl onto the horse in front of her brother.]

Freda: "But Papa says Èothan must not ride Garold. She's too big for him!"

Mother: "Listen to me! You must ride to Edoras and raise the alarm. Do you understand me?!"

Èothan: "Yes mama!"

Freda (crying): "I don't want to leave! I don't wanna go!"

Mother: "Listen to me. I will find you there."

Mother: "Quickly!"

[She looks as her children ride away.]

Mother: "Go child!"

[The army sets fire to the village. Èothan and Freda look back from a distance.]

Saruman (voiceover): "Rohan, my lord, is ready to fall."