EXT. DUNHARROW ENCAMPMENT - DAWN
MUCH ACTIVITY ... HORNS SOUND ... the ENTIRE CAMP is on the
MOVE ... fires are DOUSED, TENTS pulled down, HORSES saddled.
EXT. DUNHARROW PLATEAU - DAWN
ANGLE ON: THEODEN strides through the CAMP, EOMER at his SIDE.
We must ride light and swift. It's a long
road ahead ... and man and beast must reach
the end with the strength to fight.
ANGLE ON: MERRY . . . preparing a LITTLE PONY with a SADDLE and
SUPPLIES. He is wearing an OVERSIZED HELMET and ROHIRRIM
CLOTHING . . . he looks at once NERVOUS and EXCITED.
KING THEODEN breaks away from a COLUMN and rides up to MERRY.
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Little Hobbits do not belong in war, Master
All my friends have gone to battle. I would
be ashamed to be left behind!
It is a three day gallop to Minas Tirith.
None of my Riders can bear you as a burden.
But . . . I want to fight!
I will say no more.
KING THEODEN wheels his HORSE away . . .
MERRY is bitterly DISAPPOINTED. He stands, head down - a TINY
DEJECTED FIGURE - as the MIGHTY ROHIRRIM on their LARGE
HORSES ride by . . . a jangling sea of HELMETS, SHIELDS and
SUDDENLY . . . MERRY is plucked off the ground! A SOLDIER has
snatched him by the collar ... and plonked him down on their
CLOSE ON: MERRY twists around, looking up at the SOLDIER . . .
Beneath a HELMET and MAIL HOOD is . . .
. . . EOWYN, disguised as a MAN!
Ride with me.
CLOSE ON: MERRY'S face visible under the CAPE . . . looking
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(shouting above the din)
Move out - move out!
Ride! Ride now, for Gondor!
EXT. DUNHARROW VALLEY - DAWN
HIGH WIDE: The VALLEY FLOOR as THOUSANDS of HORSEMEN ride out
after their KING.
EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS/MINAS TIRITH - DAY
ANGLE ON: GREAT SIEGE TOWERS and CATAPULTS are ROLLING across
the PELENNOR FIELDS . . . Thousands of FLAMING TORCHES light
the snarling, slathering MORGUL ORCS . . . marching in RAGGED
ANGLES ON: Flowing torrents of ORCS stream past CAVE TROLLS,
beating the DRUMS OF WAR ... MINAS TIRITH lies ahead - only
TWO MILES AWAY!