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EX. DUNHARROW ENCAMPMENT - DUSK

ANGLES ON: ARAGORN, THEODEN, EOMER, MERRY, LEGOLAS and GIMLI
GALLOP into a VAST CAMP beneath the COVER OF TREES ...
TEEMING with MEN, HORSES and TENTS.

ANGLE ON: THEODEN acknowledges GRIMBOLD, a MARSHALL OF ROHAN,
as he passes by a GROUP of SOLDIERS.



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                        THEODEN
             Grimbold, how many?

                        GRIMBOLD
             I bring five hundred men from the Westfold,
             my Lord.

                        ROHAN MARSHALL (0.S.)
             We have three hundred more from Fenmarch,
             Theoden, King.

THEODEN smiles grimly as he rides on.

                        DENETHOR
                  (quietly)
             Where are the riders from Snowbourne?

                        GAMLING ( O . S . )
             None have come, My Lord.

EXT. DUNHARROW PLATEAU - DUSK

ARAGORN joins THEODEN on a BLUFF overlooking the ENCAMPMENT
BELOW ...

CAMERA CRANES to REVEAL: THOUSANDS of MEN and HORSES! Smoke
from many small CAMP-FIRES has filled the VALLEY with a
TWILIGHT HAZE.

                         THEODEN
                  (quietly)
             Six thousand spears . . . less than half of
             what I had hoped for . . .

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN turns to THEODEN ...

                       ARAGORN
             Six thousand will not be enough to break
             the lines of Mordor.

                     THEODEN
          More will come.




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                       ARAGORN  ;
             Every hour lost hastens Condor's defeat. We
             have till dawn. Then we must ride.

CLOSE ON: THEODEN realising what ARAGORN is saying - no
matter the numbers he must commit to war by the morning.
THEODEN nods.

The HORSES whinny loudly in the distance ... THEODEN looks up
at the MOUNTAIN which looms behind them . . .

EXT. DUNHARROW PLATEAU - DUSK

ANGLE ON: HORSES rearing in terror as ROHAN SOLDIERS try to
quieten them ...

ANGLE ON: LEGOLAS and GIMLI move through the CAMP . . .

CLOSE ON: LEGOLAS looking at a group of ROHAN SOLDIERS . . .
they sit quiet and hunched ... no-one speaking ...

LEGOLAS looking toward EOMER who is unsaddling his HORSE ...

                        LEGOLAS
                  (uneasy)
             The horses are restless . . . And the men are -;.
             quiet ..?

                          EOMER
             They grow nervous in the shadow of the
             mountain . . .

GIMLI'S eyes travel to a ROW of ANCIENT STANDING STONES that
mark the ENTRANCE to a ROAD leading away from the ENCAMPMENT
and INTO the MOUNTAIN.

                       GIMLI
             That road there - where does that lead?

                       LEGOLAS
             It is the road to the Dimholt ... The door
             under the mountain.




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                         EOMER
             None who venture there ever return.
                  (under his breath)
             That mountain is evil . . .

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN stands before the road as though transfixed
... before him a HORSE whinnies and pulls at his ropes
nervously . . .

ARAGORN POV: A GHOSTLY FIGURE seems to emerge from the gloom
... ARAGORN starts in fright as . . .

                        GIMLI O.S
             Aragorn!

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN stares down at the LITTLE DWARF . . .

                        GIMLI
             Let's find some food.

ARAGORN casts another look back at the ANCIENT STANDING
STONES before following GIMLI.

EXT. DUNHARROW PLATEAU - DUSK

ANGLE ON: All is quiet in the ENCAMPMENT...

INT. EOWYN'S TENT, DUNHARROW - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: EOWYN kneels before MERRY, adjusting his HELMET
STRAP.

                        EOWYN
             There! A true Esquire of Rohan.

MERRY exhales - excited and terrified in equal measure. In
his EXCITEMENT, he draws his SWORD ...

EOWYN steps back, laughing ...

                        MERRY
             Sorry. It isn't all that dangerous.
                  (despondent)
             It isn't even sharp.


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                       EOWYN
             Well, that's no good. You won't kill many
             Ores with a blunt blade. Come on.

EXT. DUNHARROW PLATEAU - NIGHT

As EOWYN and MERRY leave the tent, EOMER and GAMLING are
sitting nearby, finishing a meal ... EOWYN ushers MERRY off.

                        EOWYN
             To the Smithy .- go!

MERRY hurries off . . . EOMER watches the YOUNG HOBBIT leave.

                        EOMER
             You should not encourage him.

                        EOWYN
             And you should not doubt him.

                        EOMER
             I do not doubt his heart ... Only the reach
             of his arm.

CLOSE ON: GAMLING stifles a laugh . . . EOWYN turns on both of
te .. .
 hm .

                        EOWYN
             Why should Merry be left behind? He has as
             much cause to go to war as you.
                  (to herself)
             Why can he not fight for those he loves?

ANGLE ON: At the PLATEAU edge, a GUARD looks down the STEEP
PRECIPICE as a HORSE and RIDER move along the RIDGE ...

EXT. DUNHARROW TRACK - NIGHT

ANGLES ON: The HOODED FIGURE slowly RIDES up the NARROW ZIG-
ZAG TRACK leading up to the PLATEAU ...

 

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