THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
BLACK SCREEN . . .
SUPER: New Line Cinema Presents
SUPER: A WingNut Films Production
EXT. RIVER ANDUIN - DAY
ANGLE ON: SMEAGOL and his cousin, DEAGOL, sit in a SMALL
CORACLE, their FISHING LINES draped over the side . . . SUNSHINE
glinting off the surface of the water.
An idyllic image.
SUDDENLY . . . DEAGOL's FISHING ROD BENDS under the weight of a
Smeagol, I've got one!
I've got a fish, Smeagol!
Go on, pull it in.
DEAGOL pulls on his ROD, but is HAULED OVERBOARD and
disappears underwater with a SPLASH!
ANGLE ON: SMEAGOL leaning over the BOAT . . . CONCERNED.
EXT. UNDERWATER, RIVER ANDUIN - DAY
ANGLE ON: DEAGOL is towed to the RIVER BED by a LARGE FISH
. . . he suddenly lets go of the line . . . eyes fixed on a
SHINING GOLD RING, lying in 'the SILT.
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EXT. RIVER ANDUIN, GLADDEN FIELDS - DAY
CLOSE ON: DEAGOL climbs out of the WATER, onto the RIVER
CLOSE ON: the RING revealed in DEAGOL'S PALM . . .
ANGLE ON: SMEAGOL peers over his shoulder . . . the GOLD
reflects in SMEAGOL'S EYES!
ON SOUNDTRACK: The HUM of the RING growing LOUDER . . .
Give us that, Deagol, my love!
DEAGOL turns to look at him, a smirk on his face.
CLOSE ON: SMEAGOL moves towards DEAGOL . . .
Because its my birthday, and I wants it.
ANGLE ON: SMEAGOL jumps on DEAGOL . . . STRANGLING HIM! SMEAGOL
rips the GLITTERING RING from DEAGOL'S LIMP HAND.
CLOSE ON: SMEAGOL slips the RING onto his FINGER and DISAPPEARS.
INT. MISTY MOUNTAINS CAVES - DAY
IMAGES: SMEAGOL descending into madness. His body TWISTS and
DISTORTS . . . he becomes a CREEPY, SHRIVELLED wretch . . . finally
crawling into a DARK CAVE beneath the MISTY MOUNTAINS.
They cursed us. Murderer. Murderer they
called us. They cursed us and drove us
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SMEAGOL V/0 (cont'd)
And we wept, Precious, we wept to be so
alone. And we forgot the taste of bread,
the sound of trees, the softness of the
wind . . . We even forgot our own name.
(in a choking cough)
ANGLE ON: GOLLUM in the CAVE staring at the RING in his hand.
It's mine! My own. It came to me.