CLOSE ON: GANDALF stands in the TOWER HALL . . . seemingly
alone . . . he speaks quietly, doubt and fear edge his voice.

             Frodo has passed beyond my sight. The
             darkness is deepening.

He turns and crosses the HALL to reveal the presence of

ARAGORN, his back to GANDALF . . .

             If Sauron had the .Ring, we would know it.

CLOSE ON: GANDALF - still troubled, still worried . . .

          It's only a matter of time. He has suffered
          a defeat, yes, but behind the walls of
          Mordor our enemy is regrouping.

GIMLI sits insolently on the SEAT of the STEWARD . . .

          Let him stay there. Let him rot. Why should
          we care?

GANDALF looks across at the DWARF . . . His face ashen.

          Because ten thousand Ores now stand between
          Frodo and Mount Doom.

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                        GANDALF (cont'd)
                  (to himself)
             I have sent him to his death.

ANGLE ON: ARAGORN turns around suddenly . . .


GANDALF looks up sharply at ARAGORN . . .

                       ARAGORN (cont'd)
             There is still hope for Frodo. He needs
             time and safe passage across the Plains of
             Gorgoroth. We can give him that.


             Draw out Sauron' s armies - empty his lands.
             Then we gather our full strength and march
             on the Black Gate.

At this, GIMLI CHOKES on his pipe . . . EOMER steps forward.

             We cannot achieve victory from strength of
             arms .

             Not for ourselves . . . But we can give Frodo
             his chance if we keep Sauron' s eye fixed
             upon us. Keep him blind to all else that
             moves .

             A diversion . . .

CLOSE ON: GANDALF speaks in a low tone to ARAGORN . . .

             Sauron will suspect a trap. He will not
             take the bait!


                                   Final Revision - October, 2003 123.

            Certainty of death. Small chance of
            success. What are we waiting for?

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