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EXT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL - NIGHT

CAMERA RISES ... towards the dark ORC TOWER of CIRITH UNGOL.
A light glows from the TOPMOST WINDOW.

CAMERA reaches the TOWER, dissolving through the wall into...

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INT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/TOP ROOM - NIGHT

. . . a small cold ROOM. FRODO BAGGINS is UNCONSCIOUS on the
floor. His eyes suddenly flicker and he WAKES UP.


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TILT UP . . . to reveal the ORC and URUK-HAI, GORBAG and
SHAGRAT, arguing over FRODO'S BELONGINGS and CLOTHES! GORBAG
is snatching for the MITHRIL VEST.

                        SHAGRAT
             Hey! Hands off - that shiny shirt, that's
             mine.

                         GORBAG
             It's going to the Great Eye, along with
             everything else . . .

ANGLE ON . . . FRODO as he realizes that he has been STRIPPED
down to his UNDERWEAR. He clutches at his throat.

... The RING HAS GONE!

                        SHAGRAT
             I don't take orders from stinking Morgul
             rats!

GORBAG grabs for the MITHRIL VEST ...

                        GORBAG
                  (angry yell)
             You touch it, and I'll stick this blade in
             your guts!

ANGLE ON: GORBAG draws his SWORD, but SHAGRAT KICKS him
BACKWARDS with his foot! GORBAG FALLS THROUGH a TRAP DOOR
leading to the floor below!

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INT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/GUARD ROOM - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: GORBAG lands in the GUARD ROOM with a CRASH,
creating SUDDEN ALARM amongst the ORCS and URUK-HAI stationed
there.

SHAGRAT leans through the TRAP DOOR ...

                        SHAGRAT
                  (yelling)
             The scum tried to knife me! Kill him!
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SEVERAL URUK-HAI converge on GORBAG - he LASHES OUT, slashing
one across the throat with his SWORD!

The DEAD URUK-HAI topples backwards over the PARAPET . . .

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EXT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/COURTYARD - NIGHT

... landing on top of URUK-HAI and ORCS in the courtyard
below. Within moments, a brutal CIVIL WAR breaks out between
the TWO COMPANIES stationed in CIRITH UNGOL!

EXT. PASS OF CIRITH UNGOL - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: SAM hurries towards the gate, fearful for FRODO.

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EXT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/COURTYARD - NIGHT

SAM is confronted with the sight of over 50 SLAUGHTERED ORC
and URUK-HAI, strewn over the COURTYARD!

ANGLE ON: SAM pounds UP THE STAIRCASE . . . he suddenly PAUSES.
SEVERAL URUK-HAI are running DOWN TOWARDS HIM! He grips STING
and continues CHARGING UP - SCREAMING at the top of his
lungs!

ANGLE ON: The FOUR URUKS . . . they see a HUGE DISTORTED SHADOW
on the wall in front of them! They turn around and flee in
terror back to the top of the stairs!

SAM appears - and before the URUK-HAI can fully regain their
wits - he slays THREE ... YELLING:

                       SAM
                (yelling . . . 1st URUK-HAI) •
                                                         ,
           That's for Frodo!
                (yelling ... 2nd URUK-HAI)
           And for the Shire!
                (yelling . . . 3rd URUK-HAI)
           And that's for my old Gaffer!
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SAM runs into the TOWER . . .

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INT. TOWER OF CIRITH UNGOL/TOP ROOM - NIGHT

ANGLE ON: FRODO struggling against his bonds, as GORBAG
climbs back into the room ... with VENGEANCE in his EVIL
EYES.

                      GORBAG
           Stop your squeaking you dunghill rat!

CLOSE ON: GORBAG grabs FRODO'S hair and pulls his head back,
exposing his neck. He pulls out his SWORD, ready to cut
FRODO'S throat . . .

                      GORBAG (cont'd)
           I'm gonna bleed you like a stuck pig!

SUDDENLY! GORBAG GASPS as STING is rammed into his back by
SAM!

                      SAM
           Not if I stick you first!

GORBAG falls dead!

                      FRODO
                (joyous disbelief)
           Sam!!!

ANGLE ON: FRODO . . . humbled by SAM'S unswerving loyalty.

                       FRODO (cont'd)
           Oh, Sam . . . I'm so sorry . . . sorry for
           everything.

SAM quickly cuts FRODO free.

                      SAM
           Come on.

                      FRODO
                (despairing)
           It's too late. It's over . . . they've taken
           it. Sam - they took the Ring!!



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                         SAM
                  (quietly)
             Begging your pardon, but they haven't.

SAM pulls the RING from his pocket ...

                         SAM (cont'd)
             I thought I ' d lost you . . . so I took it -
             only for safe-keeping.

CLOSE ON: FRODO looks at SAM amazed . . . his eyes drop to the
RN ...
 IG

                        FRODO
             Give it to me.

SAM hesitates . . . . TENSION instantly builds between them.

                        FRODO (cont'd)
             Give me the Ring, Sam.

SAM seems strangely reluctant . . . ON THE SOUNDTRACK to HUM of
the RING builds

                        FRODO (cont'd)
             Sam! Give me the Ring.

CLOSE ON: SAM drops the RING into FRODO'S palm . . .

FRODO sags in RELIEF . . . he puts the RING back around his
nc . ..
 ek

                         FRODO (cont'd)
             You must understand . . . The Ring is my
             burden . . . it will destroy you, Sam.

FRODO looks at SAM, pain in his eyes ...

SAM looks down at FRODO ... his plain HOBBIT face full of
compassion. SAM'S resolve hardens, a new strength takes hold.




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                      SAM
           Come on, Mr Frodo, we'd best find you some
           clothes . . . you can't go walking through
           Mordor in naught but your skin.

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EXT. PASS OF CIRITH UN.GOL - NIGHT

FRODO and SAM are now dressed in FOUL-LOOKING ORC gear ...

ANGLE ON: FRODO and SAM turn east and walk over the SUMMIT of
CIRITH UNGOL ... into MORDOR.

CLOSE ON: FRODO and SAM . . . they STOP DEAD . . . STARING AHEAD:

ANGLE ON: MOUNT DOOM . . . 50 M,ILES AWAY - across the barren
GORGOROTH PLATEAU - the mountain is erupting streams of ASH
and LAVA high into the air, lighting the low cloud blanket of
MORDOR with a flickering ORANGE WASH.

With immense trepidation, FRODO and SAM head down the steep
path into the dark kingdom . . .

. . . TWO TINY FIGURES in a bleak, foreboding landscape. Before
them lies the PLAIN of GORGOROTH ... Their eyes are drawn to
the OMINOUS SILHOUETTE of MOUNT DOOM ...

                      SAM
           We did it, Mr Frodo. We made it to Mordor.

ANGLE ON: FRODO's eyes travel down towards the HUNDREDS of
FIRES which glow on the PLAINS beneath them ... thousands
upon thousands of ORCS are encamped there .

                      FRODO
           There are so many of them . . . So many.
           We'll never get through unseen.

THEIR eyes are drawn to a DARK LOOMING SHAPE ... BARAD-DUR
. . . A RED LIGHT seems to sweep across the PLAIN ...

                      FRODO (cont'd)
               (terror)
           It's him - the Eye.
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The GREAT EYE OF SAURON!

SAM cannot see what FRODO sees. GENTLY, he urges FRODO on.

                       SAM
             We have to go in there, Mr Frodo. There's
             nothing for it. Come on. Let's just make it
             down the hill for starters.

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