Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

[Treebeard walks through the forest, carrying Merry and Pippin.]


"Oh rowan mine I saw you shine upon a summer's day.
Upon your head how golden-red the crown you bore aloft."

[Merry yawns.]

Treebeard: "Such a beautiful verse."

Merry: "Is it much further?"

Treebeard: "Bru-ra-hroom. Don't be hasty. You might call it far perhaps. My home lies deep in the forest near the roots of the mountain. I told Gandalf I would keep you safe and, safe is where I'll keep you. I believe you will enjoy this next one. It is one of my own compositions. Right, ahem."


"Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves and the dreams of trees unfold
When woodland halls are green and cool, and the wind is in the west
Come back to me. Come back to me, And say my land is best."

[Merry and Pippin have fallen asleep.]

Treebeard: "Oh, oh. Sleep little Shirelings. Heed no nightly noise. Sleep 'til morning light."

Treebeard: "I have business in the forest. There are many to call. Many that must come. The shadow lies on Fangorn. The withering of all woods is drawing near. The trees have grown wild and dangerous. Anger festers in their hearts. They will harm you if they can. There are too few of us now. Too few of us left to manage them."

[Gandalf and Aragorn survey the night sky.]

Gandalf: "The veiling shadow that glowers in the East takes shape. Sauron will suffer no rival. From the summit of Barad-Dûr 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 Númenor still lives. Sauron fears you, Aragorn. He fears what you may become. And so he'll strike hard and fast at the world of men."

Gandalf: "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. The King's mind is enslaved. It's an old device of Saruman's. His hold over King Théoden is now very strong. Sauron and Saruman are tightening the noose."

Gandalf: "But for all their cunning, we have one advantage. 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."

Gandalf: "Do not regret your decision to leave him. Frodo must finish this task alone."

Aragorn: "He is not alone. Sam went with him."

Gandalf: "Did he? Did he indeed? Good. Yes, very good."

[Frodo and Sam have reach the Black Gate.]

Gollum: "The Black Gate of Mordor!"

Sam: "My old Gaffer would have a thing or two to say if he saw this."

Gollum: "Master says show him the way into Mordor, so good Sméagol does, master says so."

Frodo: "I did."

[There are orcs patrolling at the Gate.]

Sam: "That's it then. We cannot get past them."

[An army of Easterling soldiers march to the Black Gate, yelling a call-and-response marching song.]

Easterlings: "Za dashu snaku Zigur, Durbgu nazgshu, Durbgu dashshu!" (Hail, Sauron, Lord of the Ring, Lord of the Earth!)

[Gollum is terrified and covers his ears. A command is heard and an orc blows in to a horn.]

[Two trolls pull the gate open.]

Sam: "Look! The gate, it's opening!"

Sam: "I can see a way down."

[Sam moves closer to the edge and leans forward.]

[The rock under him gives way and Sam falls.]

Frodo: "Sam! No!"

Sam: "Argh!"

[Frodo jumps down after Sam.]

Gollum: "Master!"

[Two Easterling soldiers see streams of dust coming down the cliff, and move away to investigate.]

[Frodo reaches Sam, who is stuck in the scree. The Easterlings move closer.]

[Frodo throws his elvish cloak over himself and Sam. The soldiers stand directly in front of the hobbits.]

[The soldiers leave, and Frodo throws back the cloak and pulls Sam out.]

Frodo: "I do not ask you to come with me, Sam."

Sam: "I know, Mister Frodo. I doubt even these Elvish cloaks will help us in there."

[They prepare to make a run for the Gate.]

Frodo: "Now!"

[Gollum pulls them back.]

Gollum: "No! No! No Master! They'd catch you! They'd catch you. Don't take it to Him."

Gollum: "He wants the Precious."

Gollum: "Always he's looking for it. And the Precious is wanting to go back to him."

Gollum: "But we mustn't let Him have it."

[Frodo tries to make a run for it again, but Gollum pulls him back.]

Gollum: "No! There is another way. More secret, and dark way."

Sam: "Why haven't you spoke of this before?!"

Gollum: "Because Master did not ask!"

Sam: "He's up to something."

Frodo: "Are you saying that there is another way to Mordor?"

Gollum: "Yes. There's a path, and some stairs and then a tunnel."

[Gollum strokes Frodo's arm and buries his face in Frodo's cloak.]

Frodo: "He's led us this far Sam."

Sam: "Mister Frodo, no!"

Frodo: "He's been true to his word."

Sam: "No!"

Frodo: "Lead the way Sméagol."

Frodo: "Good Sméagol always helps."

[Sam stares at Frodo in disbelief.]