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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

BLACK SCREEN . . .

SUPER: New Line Cinema Presents

SUPER: A WingNut Films Production

BLACK SCREEN:

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
LARGE FISH.

                        DEAGOL
                 (excited)
            Smeagol, I've got one!
                 (he laughs)
            I've got a fish, Smeagol!

                       SMEAGOL
                 (excitedly)
            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.

                       SMEAGOL (cont'd)
                 (worried)
            Deagol!

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
BANK.

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 . . .

                     SMEAGOL
           Give us that, Deagol, my love!

DEAGOL turns to look at him, a smirk on his face.

                      DEAGOL
           Why?

CLOSE ON: SMEAGOL moves towards DEAGOL . . .

                     SMEAGOL
           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.

                      SMEAGOL (cont'd)
           My precious!

CLOSE ON: SMEAGOL slips the RING onto his FINGER and DISAPPEARS.

                                                       DISSOLVE TO:

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.

                     SMEAGOL V/0
           They cursed us. Murderer. Murderer they
           called us. They cursed us and drove us
           away.
                      (M°RE) (CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:
                        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)
             Gollum! Gollum!

ANGLE ON: GOLLUM in the CAVE staring at the RING in his hand.

                        GOLLUM
             It's mine! My own. It came to me.

                        SMEAGOL
                  (ecstatic)
             My Precious.

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