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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

At the BLACK GATES, ARAGORN musters his MEN . . .

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EXT. PLAINS OF GORGOROTH - DAY

WIDE ON: FRODO and SAM staggering across the TORTURED
LANDSCAPE ... they are no longer WEARING the ORC ARMOUR.

CLOSE ON: FRODO is walking half-bowed, often stumbling . . . as
if his eyes not longer see the way before his feet.

His right HAND is pressed against his CHEST ... supporting a
HEAVY WEIGHT. His left HAND often rises, as if to ward off
some invisible blow. SAM watches him, CONCERN etched across
his FACE . . .

CLOSE ON: FRODO as a malevolent VOICE in his head calls to
him . . . "Baggins - Baggins" . . .

CLOSE ON: SAM looking behind him in time to see . . .

WIDE ON: A RAY of RED LIGHT stabs through the GLOOM and
begins to sweep over the BARREN LANDSCAPE . . .

                         SAM
           Fo o g td w
            rd , e on

SAM throws himself to the ground ... FRODO turns to the
light, unable to stop himself . . .

FRODO crumpling to the ground as the RED LIGHT hits him like
a SEARCHLIGHT.

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - NIGHT

All is QUIET . . . No sign of the ENEMY . . .

                       PIPPIN
                (wary)
           Where are they?

ANGLE ON: GANDALF . . . watchful . . . alert. He nods at ARAGORN.

WIDE: ARAGORN, GANDALF, LEGOLAS, GIMLI, EOMER, MERRY and
PIPPIN galloping towards the BLACK GATES. They pull up less
than 50 yards from the TOWERING GATES . . .

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EXT. PLAINS OF GORGOROTH - NIGHT

FRODO is slumped on the GROUND, unable to MOVE ...

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN moves his HORSE forward.

                    ARAGORN
          Let the lord of the Black Land come forth;
          let justice be done upon him.

From behind the HUGE GATES, the terrifying CHANTING and the
CLANGING of the ARMOUR of THOUSANDS ...

With the SOUND of TORTURED METAL, the MASSIVE GATES begin to
open . . . LEGOLAS, MERRY and EOMER look on in trepidation.

EXT. PLAINS OF GORGOROTH - NIGHT

With the EYE OF SAURON sweeping the PLAINS around them, SAM
gets to his feet ...

EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - NIGHT

The BLACK GATES of MORDOR SWING OPEN! SAURON'S ARMY of
300,000 ORCS MARCH OUT!

                    ARAGORN
          Pull back! Pull back!

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN, GANDALF, LEGOLAS, GIMLI, EOMER, MERRY and
PIPPIN GALLOP back towards their SMALL ARMY as the ORC MASSES
slowly MARCH toward them.

Behind them, the EYE OF SAURON is directed toward THEM ...

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EXT. PLAINS OF GORGOROTH - NIGHT

FRODO'S eyes open with a START ...

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                        SAM
             It's gone, Mr Frodo.

ANGLE ON: SAM crawls toward FRODO . . .

                        SAM (cont'd)
             The light's passed on, away towards the
             North . . . something's drawn it's gaze.

FRODO and SAM stagger to their feet and move off.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

ANGLE ON: The MASSIVE ORC ARMY marching towards ARAGORN'S
MEN.

ANGLES ON: ARAGORN'S MEN . . . starting to WAVER as the ORCS
ENCIRCLE THEM. SOME MEN are backing away ... losing their
nerve.

ARAGORN GALLOPS in front of his ARMY . . .

                        ARAGORN
             Hold your ground - hold your ground! Sons
             of Gondor - of Rohan . . . my brothers!

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN . . . he seems to fix each and everyone of
his MEN with his eyes.

                       ARAGORN (cont'd)
             I see in your eyes the same fear that would
             take the heart of me. The day may come when
             the courage of Men fails; when we forsake
             our friends and break all bonds of
             fellowship; but it is not this day - an
             hour of wolves and shattered shields, when
             the Age of Man comes crashing down - but it
             is not this day!!! This day we fight! By
             all that you hold dear on this good earth -
             I bid you stand!

ARAGORN holds ANDURIL ALOFT!


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                        ARAGORN (cont'd)
             Men of the West!

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EXT. MOUNT DOOM - NIGHT

FRODO and SAM are CLIMBING the face of MOUNT DOOM ...

The LANDSCAPE is VIOLENT ... RED HEAT hisses out of FISSURES,
the ROCK is JAGGED ... RAZOR SHARP ... ASH blankets the LAND.

RED LIGHTNING FORKS across the SKY with a DEAFENING CRACK!.

CLOSE ON: FRODO and SAM'S FEET dragging across the ASH . . .
Their PARCHED LIPS . . . SWEATING, DUSTY FACES.

FRODO TRIPS ... falls FACE-FIRST into the DUST ... SAM drops
beside him.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - DAY

HIGH WIDE: Of ARAGORN'S ARMY, totally SURROUNDED by 300,000
ORCS . . . poised for the order to ATTACK!

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EXT. MT DOOM - NIGHT

FRODO slowly lifts his head and looks up . . .

FRODO'S POV: Looking .straight up the STEEP SLOPES of MOUNT
DOOM! . . . a huge mass of ash and slag and burned stone!

FRODO starts to CRAWL on his HANDS and KNEES! He hauls
himself a FEW PITIFUL FEET before SLUMPING in the ASH.

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EXT. BLACK GATES OF MORDOR - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: GIMLI as he surveys the ARMY of MORDOR . . .

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                        GIMLI
             Never thought I ' d die fighting side by side
             with an Elf.

                        LEGOLAS
                  (quietly)
             What about side by side with a friend?

GIMLI looks up into the EYES of LEGOLAS, with whom he has
shared so much. The GRUFF DWARF smiles quietly . . . .

                        GIMLI
             Aye - I could do that.

LEGOLAS drops his hand on GIMLI'S shoulder . . . SLOWLY they
turn and FACE the ENEMY TOGETHER.

 

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