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EXT. MINAS MORGUL - NIGHT

                      GANDALF V/0
           And Minas Morgul is his lair.

ANGLE ON: FRODO and SAM clamber into a SMALL GULLY beside a
ROUGH-HEWN ROAD ... GOLLUM CAREFULLY.peers OVER the lip of
the GULLY ___

ANGLE ON: MINAS MORGUL, a MASSIVE DEAD CITY, set upon a ROCKY
KNEE at the HEAD OF THE morgul valley. CORRUPT and LOATHSOME,
it glows with a SICKLY LUMINOUS LIGHT - like a CORPSE CANDLE.

TWO HUGE, BESTIAL STONE STATUES guard the BRIDGE that leads
to the CITY ...

                      GOLLUM
                (whisper)
           The Dead City, very nasty place, full of
           ... enemies.

GOLLUM, FRODO and SAM hurry from their COVER scampering in
the SHADOWS towards MINAS MORGUL ...

                      GOLLUM (cont'd)
                (hissed whisper)
           Quick! Quick! They will see, they will see.

CLOSE ON: FRODO . . . he LOOKS UP at the HIDEOUS STATUES. His
SENSES START REELING.

                     GOLLUM (cont'd)
           Come away, come away. Look! We have found
           it.

FRODO and SAM look AGHAST at the sight of a NARROW, NEAR-
VERTICAL STAIRCASE, cut into the ROCK-FACE ... Directly in
FRONT of the MINAS MORGUL GATES.

                      GOLLUM (cont'd)
           The way into Mordor!

                                                         (CO NTINUE D)

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ANGLE ON: Following the STAIRS . . . HIGHER and HIGHER up the
sheer western side of the MORGUL VALLEY - to the HIGH PEAKS
of the razor-like MOUNTAINS OF MORDOR.

                         GOLLUM (cont'd)
             The secret stairs . . . climb!

SUDDENLY! FRODO staggers across the ROAD . . . as if some
FORCE, other than his own will, is at work! He lurches
towards the BRIDGE . . . towards MINAS MORGUL!

                        SAM
             No, Mr Frodo!

                        GOLLUM
                  (desperate)
             Not that way!

SAM runs after FRODO, catching him in his arms as he STUMBLES,

                       GOLLUM (cont'd)
             What's it doing?

                        SAM
             No!

SAM and GOLLUM pull FRODO from the BRIDGE.

                        FRODO
                  (disorientated)
             They're calling me!

FRODO falls to the GROUND.

AT THAT MOMENT: the GROUND QUIVERS, and a great RUMBLING
NOISE rolls across the ground and ECHOES in the mountains.

The cold, dull MORGUL VALLEY is suddenly VIOLENT and FIERCE,
as UPRUSHING FLAME springs from MOUNT DOOM.

MINAS MORGUL ANSWERS: A FLARE of LIVID LIGHTNING, FORKS of
BLUE FLAME, SPRING UP from the TOWER into the SULLEN CLOUD.

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EXT. MINAS TIRITH BALCONY - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: VIOLENT FIERY FLASHES light the CLOUD above MORDOR
. . . SHARP THUNDER rolls across 40 MILES to MINAS TIRITH.

CLOSE ON: PIPPIN looking on in FRIGHTENED AWE. GANDALF'S
comforting HAND rests on his shoulder.

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EXT. MINAS MORGUL - NIGHT

SAM and GOLLUM lead FRODO to the STAIRS ...

ABOVE MINAS MORGUL the SKY is BRIGHT with LIGHT as the CITY,
erupts . . .

                    GOLLUM
          Hide! Hide!

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EXT. MINAS TIRITH BATTLEMENTS - NIGHT

ANGLES ON: FACES of SOLDIERS and CIVILIANS of MINAS TIRITH as
they watch from the PARAPETS of the CITY.

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EXT. MINAS MORGUL - NIGHT

FRODO and SAM sink to the ground, holding their hands against
their ears, as out of the CITY comes a RENDING SCREECH . . .
SHIVERING, rising swiftly to a PIERCING PITCH beyond the
range of hearing. The terrible CRY ends, falling back through
a long sickening WAIL, to SILENCE.

ANGLE ON: FRODO slowly RAISES HIS HEAD . . . across the NARROW
VALLEY, directly opposite the HOBBITS, the LORD OF THE NAZGUL
- the WITCH KING - suddenly RISES UP out of the DEAD CITY on
his FELL-BEAST!

. .. ,as the WITCH KING settles on the BATTLEMENTS of MINAS
MORGUL. His DARK HEAD turns this way and that, sweeping the
shadows with unseen eyes - as if SENSING the RING !
                                                    (CONTINUED)

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ANGLE ON: FRODO breaking out into a COLD SWEAT. He squeezes
his eyes shut, clutching at his SHIRT as if it's on FIRE!

                         FRODO .
                  (gasping)
             I can feel his blade!

THE CAVERNOUS GATE of MINAS MORGUL swings OPEN ...

. . . and. a HUGE ARMY MARCHES OUT!

RANK upon RANK of ARMOUR CLAD ORCS, moving SWIFTLY and
SILENTLY, pass close to FRODO and SAM in an ENDLESS STREAM of
RAGGED COLUMNS!

EXT. MINAS TIRITH BALCONY - NIGHT

CLOSE ON: GANDALF . .. .

                         GANDALF
                  (quiet)
             We come to it at last ... the great battle
             of our time.

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EXT. MINAS MORGUL - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: 75,000 ORCS MARCHING TO WAR, just below FRODO and SAM.

                        GANDALF V/0
             This war is long planned. Sauron has hated
             the west through many ages . . . It is a
             hatred that flows from the depths of time,
             across the deeps of the Sea.

The WITCH KING SWOOPS down the VALLEY to join the HEAD of his
ARMY. He vanishes into the GLOOM - a shadow into shadow.

CLOSE ON: GOLLUM peers out from his stony hiding place.

                        GOLLUM
                  (urgent)
             Come, hobbits. We climb - we must climb!


                                                        (CONTINUED)

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ANGLE ON: FRODO, SAM and GOLLUM climb the STONY STAIRS high
above the MARCHING ARMY.

EXT. MINAS TIRITH BALCONY - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: GANDALF . . . thinking, calculating . . .

                        GANDALF
                  (to himself)
             The board is set, the pieces are moving.

 

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