EXT. CIRITH UNGOL STAIRS - NIGHT
ANGLE ON: FRODO and SAM following GOLLUM up the dizzying
STAIRWAY, carved into the SHEER CLIFF.
The STEPS are NARROW, UNEVENLY SPACED, and many are BROKEN.
They are so STEEP that FRODO and SAM climb as if on a LADDER ·
their desperate FINGERS clinging to the STEPS ABOVE - trying
not to look at the LONG BLACK FALL below them.
ANGLE ON: FRODO'S foot slips and for a brief moment he is
HANGING PRECARIOUSLY from the ROCK-FACE.
Careful, Master - careful! Very far to
fall. Very dangerous on the stairs.
EXT. CIRITH UNGOL LEDGE - NIGHT
ANGLE ON: GOLLUM peering down from ABOVE . . . he has reached a
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CLOSE ON: FRODO tries to CLAMBER UP onto the LEDGE . . . as he
does, the RING slips out of his SHIRT and DANGLES in FULL
VIEW of GOLLUM!
CLOSE ON: GOLLUM rears back in shock . . . tenses like a CAT,
Come to Smeagol.
ANGLE ON: FRODO, head bowed, trying to pull himself up. He
doesn't notice GOLLUM'S HAND reaching for the RING !
CLOSE ON: GOLLUM'S FINGERS . . . closing in on the RING ...
ANGLE ON: SAM, still TEETERING on the PRECIPITOUS STAIRS
DRAWS HIS SWORD!
STARTLED, FRODO looks down at SAM, losing his footing in the
process . . .
Get back, you. Don't touch him!
ANGLE ON: SAM'S horrified face as . . .
GOLLUM'S out-stretched HAND suddenly GRASPS FRODO'S ARM
pulling him SAFELY onto the LEDGE.
GOLLUM glares down at SAM.
Why does he hates poor Smeagol? What has
Smeagol ever done to him? Master?
CLOSE ON: GOLLUM blinks, masking the MALICE of his EYES with
their heavy pale lids.
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Master carries heavy burden . . . Smeagol
knows . . . Heavy, heavy burden. Fat one
cannot know. Smeagol look after Master.
CLOSE ON: GOLLUM creeps CLOSE to FRODO and WHISPERS in his
He wants it - he needs it. Smeagol sees it
in his eye. Very soon he will ask you for
it - you will see . . . the Fat One will take
it from you.
CLOSE ON: FRODO looking at SAM . . . his hand strays to his
NECK, closing tight around the RING.