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EXT. PELENNOR FIELD/MINAS TIRITH - DAY

ANGLES ON: THOUSANDS of ORCS continue moving relentlessly
forward . . . Towards the WALLS of MINAS TIRITH.

EXT. MINAS TIRITH GATES - DAY

CLOSE ON: A GUARD yells down from the PARAPET above the HUGE
WOODEN GATE . . .

                        GATE GUARD
                 (yelling)
            Open the gate! Quick!

ANGLE ON: The HUGE GATE swings open, revealing . . . FARAMIR'S
badly wounded HORSE . . . dragging FARAMIR behind! Both the
HORSE and FARAMIR are impaled with ORC ARROWS!




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                         IORLAS
                  (shocked)
             Lord Faramir!

EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS/MINAS TIRITH - DAY

As CATAPULTS are prepared GOTHMOG rides through the ranks of
ORCS ...

INT. MINAS TIRITH, COURT OF THE KINGS - DAY

ANGLE ON: IORLAS and OTHER SOLDIERS arrive at the CITADEL
with FARAMIR'S UNCONSCIOUS BODY on a STRETCHER . . . PIPPIN
follows them.

                                                      . he runs
CLOSE ON: DENETHOR EMERGES from the TOWER HALL .
towards his son . . .

                          DENETHOR
             Faramir!

DENETHOR bends to the STRETCHER bearing his SON.

                        DENETHOR (cont'd)
                  (whisper)
             Say not that he has fallen . . .

                        IORLAS
             They were outnumbered, none survived.

CLOSE ON: PIPPIN, devastated . . .

EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS/MINAS TIRITH - DAY

GOTHMOG turns to his LIEUTENANTS ...

                       GOTHMOG
             Fear! The city is rank with it. Let us ease
             their pain. Release the prisoners!

                          LIEUTENANT
             Catapults!

At his ORDERS, the GREAT CATAPULTS fire THWAT! THWAT! THWAT!

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EXT. MINAS TIRITH STREETS - DAY

The ORC CATAPULTS do not fire rocks ...

HORROR sweeps through the streets of MINAS TIRITH as the
SEVERED HEADS of FARAMIR'S HORSEMEN land amongst the
SOLDIERS!

EXT. MINAS TIRITH COURT OF THE KINGS - DAY

DENETHOR looks down at FARAMIR'S UNCONSCIOUS BODY . . .

                      DENETHOR
           My son is dead. My line is ended.

PIPPIN has run to FARAMIR and bends towards him ...

                      PIPPIN
                (touching Faramir's forehead)
           He's alive!

                      DENETHOR
           The House of Stewards has failed! . . .

                      PIPPIN
                (urgently)  ;
           He needs medicine, my Lord!

                     DENETHOR
          My line has ended.

                     PIPPIN
               (urgently)
          My Lord!

ANGLE ON: DENETHOR slowly turning away . . . walking as if in a
TRANCE . . .

CLOSE ON: DENETHOR has reached the edge of the COURTYARD . . .
he STARES in SHOCKED DISBELIEF at the VISTA spread out BELOW:

HIGH WIDE ANGLE: A FULL VIEW of the ORC ARMY . . . from the TOP
of MINAS'TIRITH.



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75,000 ORCS are spread out across the PELENNOR FIELDS like a
sea of black ANTS.

CLOSE ON: TROLLS load the CATAPULTS with ROCKS.

BATTERING RAMS and SIEGE TOWERS are hauled on CHAINS.
Thousands of flickering TORCHES give the army the look of a
moving city in the MURKY MORDOR TWILIGHT.

CLOSE ON: DENETHOR . . . struggling to regain the power of
speech!

                        DENETHOR
                  (rasping whisper)
             Rohan has deserted us!

ANGLE ON: A HUGE BOULDER smashes into the wall of MINAS
TIRITH.

WIDE ON: BOULDERS HURTLE from CATAPULTS across the fields
towards MINAS TIRITH.

                       DENETHOR (cont'd)
             Theoden's betrayed me!

CLOSE ON: A BOULDER smashes into a BALCONY full of CIVILIANS.

CONFUSION and PANIC spreads amongst the SOLDIERS.

                        DENETHOR (cont'd)
                  (panicked scream)
             Abandon your posts!

CLOSE ON: PIPPIN, SHOCKED.

                       DENETHOR (cont'd)

             Flee! Flee for your lives!

SUDDENLY: THWACK!

GANDALF'S STAFF smashes into the back of DENETHOR'S HEAD!
GANDALF grimly swings his staff again, CLUBBING DENETHOR to
the GROUND!


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ANGLE ON: GANDALF spins around and ADDRESSES the SOLDIERS:

                            GANDALF
                     (yell)
                Prepare for battle!!

EXT. MINAS TIRITH STREETS - DAY

ANGLE ON: GANDALF GALLOPS down the WINDING LABYRINTHINE STREETS
on SHADOWFAX . . . against the flow of FLEEING SOLDIERS.

                           GANDALF
                     (yelling)
                Return to your posts!

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EXT. MINAS TIRITH BATTLEMENTS - DAY

ANGLE ON: SHADOWFAX bounds up STAIRS onto the LEVEL ONE
BATTLEMENTS ... GANDALF looks at the approaching ORC ARMY,
now less than 50 yards from the WALLS of the CITY!

                           GANDALF
                     (angry yell)
                Send these foul beasts into the abyss!

QUICK CUTS: MIGHTY WOODEN CATAPULTS positioned within the
walls of MINAS TIRITH are fired!

EXT. MINAS TIRITH - DAY

THWAT! THWAT! THWAT! CATAPULTS send their great ROCKS high
into the air, over the BATTLEMENTS!

Dizzying AERIAL SHOTS of huge BOULDERS flying up close to
CAMERA . . . then falling away towards the ORCS!

CRUNCH!! BOULDERS flatten ORCS. THWAT!! 100 more ROCKS . . .
THWAT!! another 1 0 0 ! ! The ORC FRONT RANKS are in disarray!

EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS /MINAS TIRITH - DAY '
                                                                           .

A s t h e G R E A T B O U LD E R S l a n d a m o ng t h em ^ t he O R C s t a rt t o P A N IC !


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                        GOTHMOG
             Stay where you are!

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EXT. MINAS TIRITH BATTLEMENTS - DAY

GANDALF walks the BATTLEMENTS as the huge BOULDERS rain onto
the ORC ARMY below ...

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EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS/MINAS TIRITH - DAY

GOTHMOG glances up at a WHISTLING SOUND - a huge BOULDER
hurtles towards him. He side-steps CALMLY out of the way ...
spitting on the BOULDER in CONTEMPT.

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EXT. MINAS TIRITH BATTLEMENTS - DAY

SUDDENLY! 9 NAZGUL DIVE out of the DIM SKY, CLAD in BATTLE
ARMOUR!

ANGLES ON: SOLDIERS throw themselves down as the NAZGUL zoom
overhead, emitting their PIERCING SHRIEKS! GONDORIAN SOLDIERS
run for SHELTER in PANIC, covering their ears ...

CLOSE ON: PIPPIN COWERING . . .

                         GANDALF
                  (rallying)
             Stand to your posts! Do not give in to
             fear. Fight!

QUICK CUTS: MIGHTY WOODEN CATAPULTS positioned within the
walls of MINAS TIRITH are fired!

The NAZGUL circle LOW over the CITY, like VULTURES seeking
doomed men's flesh. SOLDIERS are plucked into the AIR by
SHRIEKING NAZGUL and dropped to their DEATHS hundreds of FEET
BELOW. TOWERS and BUILDINGS are DESTROYED. CHAOS as SOLDIERS,
WOMEN and CHILDREN DODGE falling MASONRY.


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CLOSE ON: GONDORIAN SOLDIERS send a rain of arrows at the
approaching TOWERS and TROLLS.

                       GANDALF (cont'd)
             Not at the towers! Aim for the trolls! Kill
             the trolls! Bring them down!

TOO LATE! The TOWERS reach the walls, their DOORS crashing
down, releasing ORCS directly onto the LOWER LEVELS.

As the ORC swarm from the TOWER, GANDALF realises PIPPIN has
come down from the CITADEL . . .

                        GANDALF (cont'd)
             Peregrin Took - go .back to the citadel!

                        PIPPIN
                  (stupor)
             They called us out to fight . . .

PIPPIN looks on stunned, as a HUGE ORC leaps towards him . . .
GANDALF intercepts the BEAST, striking him with his STAFF ...

                      GANDALF
                  (urgency)
             This is no place for a Hobbit!

GANDALF welds his STAFF, cutting through the attacking ORC
with EASE ... BEHIND him, an ORC prepares to cut down GANDALF
... PIPPIN instinctively slashes his SWORD at him.

ANGLE ON: GANDALF turns on PIPPIN, smiling despite himself.

                       GANDALF (cont'd)
             Guard of the Citadel, indeed! Now, back up
             the hill - quickly! Quickly!

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EXT. PELENNOR FIELDS - DUSK

ANGLE ON: Out of BLACK SWIRLING BATTLE. SMOKE crawls an IRON
MONSTER! A MASSIVE WHEELED BATTERING RAM . . ' ' . 60 FEET HIGH and
150 FEET LONG . . . pushed by 20 huge MOUNTAIN TROLLS . . . a
MASSIVE IRON HEAD, cast in the likeness of a SNARLING WOLF!

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... this is GROND ... the BATTERING RAM FROM HELL! The Ore
are chanting as the BEAST is wheeled closer and closer to the
GATES ...

                        ORCS
             Grond! Grond! Grond!

EXT. MINAS TIRITH BATTLEMENTS - DUSK

CLOSE ON: GANDALF . . . blanching at the sight of this crawling
IRON MONSTER"'!

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