Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

[Guards approach the company as they climb the stairs to the hall.]

Gandalf: "Ah."

Háma: "I cannot allow you before Théoden king so armed, Gandalf Grayhame. By order of… Gríma Wormtongue."

[With a nod from Ganfalf, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli give their many weapons to the guards.]

Háma: "Your staff."

Gandalf: "Eh? Oh. No, you would not part an old man from his walking stick?"

[Háma thinks a moment, gives Gandalf a knowing look, then allows him to pass.]

[Gandalf winks and takes Legolas' hand as they enter the hall.]

[Gríma is at the King's side.]

Gríma: "My lord. Gandalf the Grey is coming. He is a herald of woe."

Gandalf: "The courtesy of your hall is somewhat lessened of late, Théoden King."

[Guards follow Gandalf and his party.]

Gríma: "He is not welcome."

Théoden: "Why should I welcome you, Gandalf Stormcrow?"

Gríma: "A just question my liege."

[Gríma stands up.]

Gríma: "Late is the hour in which this conjurer chooses to appear. Lathspell I name him. Ill news is in ill guest."

Gandalf: "Be silent! Keep your forked tongue behind you teeth. I have not passed through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm!"

[Gandalf raises his staff.]

Gríma: "His staff! I told you to take the wizard's staff!"

[Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli fight the guards, allowing Gandalf to walk to Théoden. One of the king's guards moves to draw his sword, but is stopped by Háma.]

Gandalf: "Théoden, Son of Théngel. Too long have you sat in the shadows."

[Gimli knocks down Gríma and puts a foot on his chest.]

Gimli: "I would stay still if I were you."

Gandalf: "Harken to me! I release you from the spell."

Théoden: (Laughs.) "You have no power here Gandalf the Grey."

[The King continues laughing. Gandalf throws aside his grey robe, revealing his white clothes.]

[Théoden, startled, leans back in his throne.]

Gandalf: "I will draw you, Saruman, as poison is drawn from a wound."

[Gandalf points his staff at Théoden, who squirms in his throne.]

Théoden: "Aah!"

[Èowyn rushes in and tries to go to Théoden, but is stopped by Aragorn.]

Aragorn: "Wait."

Théoden (Saruman's voice): "If I go — Théoden dies."

[Gandalf again points at Théoden with his staff, and the King flies against his throne.]

Gandalf: "You did not kill me. You will not kill him."

Théoden (Saruman's voice): "Rohan is mine!"

Gandalf: "Be gone!"

[Théoden jumps up at Gandalf, yelling, but flies back. Saruman flys backwards in his chamber at Orthanc.]

[Èowyn rushes to Théoden, whose face begins to change, and soon he looks normal again.]

Théoden: "I know your face. Èowyn — Èowyn."

Théoden: "Gandalf?"

Gandalf: "Breathe the free air again, my friend."

Théoden: "Dark have been my dreams of late."

Gandalf: "Your fingers would remember their old strength better — if they grasped your sword."

[Háma brings the King his sword and Théoden draws it.]

[Théoden examines his sword, then turns his gaze towards a cowering Gríma.]