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EXT. MOUNT MINDOLLUIN - DAWN

HIGH ANGLE ON: A DIZZYING VIEW . . . Looking down on MINAS
TIRITH, 1000 FEET BELOW, as PIPPIN desperately scrambles up
the ROCKY MOUNTAINSIDE.

EXT. MINAS TIRITH BEACON - DAWN

PIPPIN clambers over a ROCKY LEDGE and ducks behind a STONE
WALL . . . panting HEAVILY.

                                                        (CONTINUED)

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ANGLE ON: An ancient STONE LEDGE holds a GREAT PILE of
FIREWOOD, secured in stacked bundles ... The MINAS TIRITH
BEACON!

TWO bored CITADEL GUARDS sit chatting ... passing the long
hours.

                                                    INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. MINAS TIRITH STREETS - DAWN

ANGLE ON: GANDALF as he waits tensely below . . .

                                                    INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. MINAS TIRITH BEACON - DAWN

ANGLES ON: PIPPIN as he stealthily manages to POUR OIL on the
WOOD and set a FLAME to it!

Within SECONDS, the GREAT PYRE is alight! The GUARDS look on
in TOTAL SURPRISE as the FLAMES ERUPT into the TWILIGHT SKY.

                                                    INTERCUT WITH:

EXT. MINAS TIRITH STREETS

ANGLE ON: GANDALF as the BEACONS burst into FLAMES ... His.
eyes flash briefly with TRIUMPH before he hurries off ...

EXT. MINAS TIRITH BATTLEMENTS - DUSK

ANGLE ON: The BEACON glows BRIGHTLY on the slopes of MOUNT
MINDOLLUIN, high above MINAS TIRITH ...

PULL BACK: GANDALF hurries to the BATTLEMENT, looking further
west along the WHITE MOUNTAINS.

                     GANDALF
               (to himself)
          Amon Din ... come on . . .

ANGLE ON: a bright FIRE ignites on a DISTANT MOUNTAIN PEAK.


                                                       (CONTINUED)

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CONTINUED:


NOISY COMMOTION in the city as PEOPLE realise the BEACONS
have been lit!

                        SOLDIER
                  (yelling)
             The beacon! The beacon at Amon Din is lit!

FLASH INSERT: DENETHOR staring·at the BEACON from the CITADEL
WINDOW . . . a look of BLACK FURY on his face.

ANGLE ON: GANDALF, a strange smile plays on his face . . .

                        GANDALF
                  (to himself)
             Hope is kindled.


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EXT. WHITE MOUNTAINS AERIAL - NIGHT

AERIAL SHOT: MOVING over the WHITE MOUNTAINS . . . as the TRAIL
of GREAT FIRES slowly winds from PEAK TO PEAK.
 

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