(NOTE: this has been knocked together in haste, with only minimal editing and cuts. The corresponding sequences in TTT-M run circa 43 minutes total. Not sure how long this would be, cut down and edited, but certainly could be less]
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|[ZOOM across Rohan to the Forest, SEGUE in to the Entmoot deciding,
Merry, Pippin & Fangorn marching out.]
[ZOOM across Rohan to the Westfold, the Route at 2nd Isen - Warg-riders feature prominently - Erkenbrand's troops driven away to unknown fate, Gamling pulling back to the Keep. Lots of views of the terrain from all high angles, so that viewers can see how desperate it is, along with the quick cuts of the messy chaos from Riders' POV. (1-2 minutes)]
[ZOOM to the Forest on the move]
[CUT to the Misty Mountains to the Dúnedain threading the pass. (It's getting on to spring, not as much snow right now) (10 seconds)]
[CUT to the Riders going west, leaving Meduseld behind in the distance as the day grows later. (15 seconds)]
ZOOM over Rohan to the convoy under Éowyn's command going east to Dunharrow - we see her riding up and down the line, constantly looking in all directions - then looking anxiously west. (MUSIC) (30 seconds) ]
[CUT to Frodo, Sam Gollum leaving the Marshes and reaching the Desert. (15 seconds)]
[CUT to the chaos in the Westfold - small groups of warriors hunkering down in brush by the Isen as enemies go by, shots of people arguing and gesturing in different directions, companies of spearmen and armed civilians heading up to the Deeping Wall as the sun goes down. (MUSIC) (1 minute)]
[FADE to nightfall on the plains the Rohirrim bivouac - no cookfires, no tents, just roughing it. Close-ups of faces, both the named characters and general soldiers, all looking worried but resolute, both towards their destination (west) and to friends in danger (east). (30 seconds).]
[ZOOM to Isengard - the Ents and Huorns arrive silently upon the slopes overlooking the Wizard's Vale. The Armies of Saruman march out for Helm's Deep under Saruman's approving gaze. ZOOM out following them, long view of the Huorns flowing down towards Isengard as the Orcs and Warg-Riders depart. (30 seconds)]
[SPECIAL FADE-IN from natural darkness to a flickering, distorted, (?red-hued?) version of the same, and then pull out to reveal this is a palantir, with someone (Denethor) watching in profile. (15 seconds)]
[FADE to the shining funeral boat being carried out into the mouths of the Anduin, the moonlit sea ahead. (MUSIC) (15 seconds)]
[FADE to Frodo, Sam, Gollum still trudging through the nighttime Desert. Nazgûl scream from far overhead, winged shadow (don't spoil Fell Beasts yet, just a spooky moonlit silhouette now) (15 seconds)]
[FADE back to Isengard, the open gates where the army has just marched out, Saruman still happily watching his ten-thousand from his reviewing stand, like a little tinpot dictator, as the torchlight procession vanishes into the distance to crush the barbarians. HOLD on his smug, crafty expression as he savors the idea of being The Boss.]
[sound effects - a rustle like wind in branches, only there are no more trees in Isengard, right? Saruman looks around, puzzled - then his eyes widen in horror and he about jumps out of his skin before leaping off the platform and sprinting as fast as he can, beard and robes trailing behind him for his speed, magic powers completely forgotten as he flees in undignified panic from an enraged Quickbeam.]
[CUT to Saruman on the inside, slamming the door and panting against it, then his gasping panic turning to cold fury as he pulls himself together to work on defensive measures like napalm... (30 seconds)]
[FADE in to the brightening sky over Rohan and the Riders breaking camp. (A lot of the shots of Rohan should be like "skyscapes" over the rolling plains to convey the sense of the land and also distance.) The day starts out hazy and unseasonably warm; it looks stormy in the East as the Sun rises over the land. (MUSIC) (15 seconds)]
CUT to the evacuation - Éowyn cantering back down the line to where a family is lagging far behind; she dismounts and demands that they show her what's in their wagon. Over their protests she starts lifting out bags of grain and gives them a Look -- then holds up heavy pottery dishes and other goods that were hidden under the food. For a second it looks like they're going to argue with her, but she points to the west adamantly, stands glaring at them with her hands on her hips until they sadly start hauling out the rest of the belongings that were slowing them down...]
CUT to a foreground shot of a forlorn pile of carved chests, dismantled
trestle furniture and household goods lying by the wayside, in the distance
the column of evacuees far ahead (MUSIC) (1 minute)]
[CUT back to Théoden, Éomer et al riding on. As the Riders and the Company look uneasily around them, we see a visible dimness creeping over the day, with a sultry smog-like tone to it, not that of normal overcast. On the other side of the horizon, darkness is also welling around the mountains, but a different kind: this is more like a dark mist rolling along the ground. Gandalf turns Shadowfax back to Legolas, Éomer, and Gimli.]
Gandalf: [to Legolas]
Tell me, can you see anything away yonder towards Isengard?
[the Elf shades his eyes with his hand & obediently stares ahead and to the right. His voice is a bit distant and there are pauses when he answers, like someone reporting data off an unclear radar screen]
[gives Gandalf a puzzled look]
It is as if the twilight under endless trees were flowing downwards from the hill.
[shaking his head]
It will be a black night.
[FADE into very long shot of Isengard all surrounded by clouds of smoke or steam, Orthanc rising above them, no details. (10 seconds)]
[FADE into scenes of Dunharrow, the convoy moving into the ravines, close foreground shots of the Púkel-men statues. (15 seconds)]
[ZOOM out the long way back along the road to Minas Tirith, passing the southern woods - HOLD on a live Druadan sitting very still in the eaves of the forest, keeping watch. (15 seconds)]
[resume ZOOM out to the Pelennor, over the river into Ithilien and on to Mordor, high angle - we want it to be clear how much ground has to be made up to get to Gondor, how little from MT to Mordor. (15 seconds)]
[ZOOM down to Frodo, Sam, Gollum poking along southwards as the afternoon draws to a bloody sunset. More Nazgûl shadows overflying. (15 seconds)]
[SPECIAL FADE to the same sullen end-of-day, in Rohan. As the Sun sets, blood-red light glows over all the spearpoints of the Riders like an omen. Out of the West a solitary horseman approaches. (15 seconds) When he gets up to them, it is clear he is exhausted and much the worse for wear - his shield is hacked up, his spangenhelm dented. He dismounts stiffly and stands leaning against his horse, gasping.]
[VO as he speaks to the events related, montage clips, we're getting our money's worth out of the battle of 2nd Isen filming, and no mistake; plenty of Wolf-riders and melee fighting]
We were driven back yesterday over the Isen with great loss; many perished at the crossing. Then at night fresh forces came over the river against our camp. All Isengard must be emptied; and Saruman has armed the wild hillmen and herd-folk of Dunland beyond the rivers, and these also he loosed upon us. We were overmastered. The shield-wall was broken.
[we see that guy with the red shield who was there when the Prince was killed waving his soldiers along in an almost-orderly retreat]
Erkenbrand of Westfold has drawn off those men he could gather towards his fastness in Helm's Deep. The rest are scattered.
[FADE back to the red glow on the faces of the Riders - Ceorl looks up and stares at them bleakly]
Where is Éomer? Tell him there is no hope ahead. He should return to Edoras before the wolves of Isengard come there.
[Théoden urges Snowmane forward from behind his bodyguards]
[the Rider looks blank for an instant, then amazed and newly hopeful as he stands to attention, then draws his sword (note: with historical accuracy, it is notched and scratched from combat) and falls on one knee, offering it as did Éomer and the guards in "The King of the Golden Hall" sequence]
[as they speak, Gandalf urges Shadowfax ahead of the column and stares off intently at Isengard, thinking]
Théoden: [bittersweet smile]
[to his aides-de-camp]
Give this man a fresh horse! Let us ride to the help of Erkenbrand!
[Gandalf trots back up to them]
[to Aragorn, Éomer et al]
Keep well the Lord of the Mark till I return. Await me at Helm's Gate! Farewell!
[Shadowfax gallops off. Snowmane rears and whinnies, wanting to follow, but Théoden reins him in. One of the Guards we saw when the Company arrived in Edoras turns uneasily to his supervisor:]
Guard: [still troubled]
[The expeditionary force changes course and rides on through the twilight
towards Helm's Deep. Long shots of the terrain, showing the valleys and
defenses in the distance so we can see how attackers of the castle are
forced to bottle themselves in the ravine leading up to it.]
[CUT back to Frodo, Sam, Gollum finding a foxhole and camping for the night.]
[CUT to close-up of Gandalf galloping on Shadowfax over the Downs in twilight. [MUSIC] (5 seconds)]
[CUT to Dunharrow and the civilians unpacking, setting up tents under Éowyn's stern direction. [MUSIC] (20 seconds)
[CUT to the Westfold and Théoden's advance forces skirmishing with enemy "cavalry"
exchanging shots in the dark before both sides break off. (45 seconds)
[CUT to one of Théoden's scouts riding up to the King and reporting back in about the mess up ahead.]
[VO as he speaks of Gandalf riding like a whirlwind in the distance]
Many have seen an old man in white upon a horse, passing hither and thither over the plains like wind in the grass. Some thought he was Saruman. It is said that he went towards Isengard.
[FADE to a shot of Wormtongue on a horse trotting hard in the midst of a guard of Uruk-hai]
Some say also that Wormtongue was seen earlier, going northward with a company of Orcs.
[PAN with the horses as Aragorn and Legolas move up to join Éomer and Gimli in the vanguard]
[enemy war songs can be heard faintly in the distance. Looking back, they can see things burning: torches being carried, houses set on fire]
Théoden: [older commander to younger enthusiasm]
Éomer: [respectful contradiction]
[CUT - another long shot of Gandalf and Shadowfax racing through the night (5 seconds)]
[CUT back to the King's company going uphill: they come to the gap in the Dike and are challenged]
[they move aside and let the relief forces pass through onto the hillside leading up to the Gates; the commander of the garrison talks to Théoden and Éomer.]
[nods towards a young teenager]
What news of Erkenbrand? Word came yesterday that he was retreating hither with all that is left.
Éomer: [shakes head grimly]
Are you well stored? We bring little provision, for we rode forth to open battle, not to a siege.
Gamling: [dark humour]
[Théoden and the riding from Edoras now dismount and lead their horses over the bridge and up the ramp into the Gates. PAN up to show the (correctly) 20' (6m) wall, with its outward overhang at the top, and CUT back to Legolas and Gimli, who have never seen it before, staring at the impressive fortifications. (Note: there is a narrow catwalk running around the outside of the wall, on a level with or a little above the causeway; it could take the form of a sunken road about 18" (.5m) wide, and look just like a stage in the rising foundations from a distance)]
[he glances at Aragorn, his expression changing to bemusement]
Those were your people!
[the Ranger nods wryly, while Éomer begins to smile again, despite
his worry, as they cross the courtyard. ZOOM back through the Gates showing
how little lead they have, focus in on the Isengarders marching through
burning things, close-up with their torches and rams.]
[FADE to the shadowy Desert between the Marshes and the Black Gate. Sam pretending to be asleep, witnesses the first Gollum/ Smeagol debate and plays it very cool.]
[FADE back to the Hornburg, where Éomer, deputized by Théoden to run things in Erkenbrand's absence, starts organizing like crazy. Puts most of his people on the Deeping Wall and tower, sends the horses way inside. We hear people discussing the news in overlapping, murmured gossip -- the names Isildur and Mundburg come up a lot, along with Gandalf -- as the camera PANS through the soldiers. Following the Riders leading the horses into the Caves, we see some quick glimpses of those vast stockpiles of food, and the stabled cattle and sheep there under the care of organizing housewives, grandparents, and deputized small children. The mood is tense but calm and orderly, evoking traditions of the Blitz in London...]
[ZOOM out and up, covering a lot of the citadel's layout (ie. inner court, the way to the caves, the various stairs) to where two familiar figures are occupying a stretch of the rampart. Legolas (in hauberk and spangenhelm) is sitting on top of the rampart, which is about 4.5' (1.3m) high (with spaced-out arrow-slits) looking down at Gimli, who is leaning casually against the wall, inspecting the stonework with an approving professional eye. Behind the forlorn-looking Elf can be seen the lines of torchbearing marchers and blazes springing up in their wake.)]
[stamping against the pavement]
There is good rock here. This country has tough bones. I felt them in my feet as we came up from the dike. Give me a year and a hundred of my kin and I would make this a place that armies would break upon like water.
Legolas: [smiling a little]
[looking out at the lines of fire moving steadily closer, sighing]
But even more would I give for a hundred good archers of Mirkwood. We shall need them. The Rohirrim have good bowmen after their fashion, but there are too few here, too few.
Gimli: [shakes his head]
[he snorts in amusement. Making a testing arc with his axe:]
Yet give me a row of orc-necks and room to swing and all weariness will fall from me.
[CUT to another part of the Wall, where the watchers see the lines of fires come up to the Dike -- shouts, screams, war-cries and movement. The Riders at the breach pull back to the Tower, bringing news of the first engagement to the Marshal.]
Another Westfolder: [panting]
Gamling: [grim satisfaction]
[the enemy fills the space below, and is revealed by lightning as they pour in through the breach. They shoot arrows up over the wall, but the disciplined Rohirrim do not return the barrage. Enemy trumpets signal a charge for the Gates. Finally the defenders loose bows and slings at the attackers. This deters them briefly, but after a bit of yelling and building up their morale they rally to try again, and are again repulsed by hail of darts and rocks. Several charges later they get up close, allowing a coordinated ram/archery attack.]
Aragorn: [to Éomer]
[they run to the outer courtyard, recruiting a small band of crack swordsmen (Éothain among them) for their foray out the postern gate; Gimli, bored leaning against the wall waiting for the fight to get to them, perks up and hurries after them quietly.]
[charging from the side along the narrow path, they hurl themselves upon the wild men and Orcs, Andúril glowing with a white Elvish fire. From above:]
[the rammers must put down the rams and defend themselves against this surprise attack from an unexpected direction; the Mark commandos successfully drive them back. They halt, panting, to inspect the damage - Aragorn looks up at the bent, cracked gates]
[points to the causeway, where the enemy are starting to regroup and shoot arrows at them]
We must get back and see what we can do within.
[they all start back inside; about a dozen Orcs who have been playing dead among the fallen jump up and spring after them. Two tackle Éomer, but before they can kill him, Gimli springs out of the shadows swinging his axe.]
[he decapitates the two assassins and the rest flee back while Éomer staggers up before Aragorn can reach him to help]
[SEGUE to inside, portal now closed and blocked with big blocks of stone]
[CUT to the Wall as Gimli comes up the stair to where his friend is by one of the arrow-slits: below we can see the Riders are methodically building up a huge reinforcing mound of timbers and stones behind the damaged gates]
But that is only a few leaves in a forest.
[the Moon comes out, revealing the invaders getting worked up to try again. They make charge after charge, ropes thrown up, ladders flung up and pushed down, the dead pile high at the foot of the wall. Sneak attack through the drain, coordinated to use the distraction of the charges on the Wall. Gimli spots them, leaps down and sounds the alarm.]
[fighting, he shouts up to the next level:]
Ai-oi! The Orcs are behind the wall! Ai-oi! Come, Legolas! There are enough for us both. Khazad ai-ménu!
[Gamling the Old leads a counterattack, the Orcs are pushed back into Aglarond, there cornered and killed by the cave guardians, some of whom are women armed and capable]
Gamling: [looking at the culvert, shaking his head]
Dwarves are said to be cunning folk with stone. Lend us your aid, master!
[Montage shots of him directing the Riders to pack in the outlet with rubble and boulders, indicating better positioning, FADE to the blocked culvert as the stream starts to fill in the lower level of the Keep quickly.]
[clapping the old commander on the shoulder]
Come, Gamling, let us see how things go on the wall!
[a break in the action while both sides regroup and plan another round]
Gimli: [to Legolas]
[more battle. the front-line commanders lean on their swords, exhausted, and look at each other as the shouts and clangs continue below]
Gamling: [climbing up beside them]
[VO as he speaks to the Dunlendings below, giving free rein to their bloodlust and anticipatory vengeance]
"The king, the king!" they cry. "We will take their king. Death to the Forgoil! Death to the Strawheads! Death to the robbers of the North!" Such names they have for us. Not in half a thousand years have they forgotten their grievance that the lords of Gondor gave the Mark to Eorl the Young and made alliance with him.
[FADE to Gamling the Old shaking his head as he finishes explaining local politics]
That old hatred Saruman has inflamed. They are fierce folk when roused. They will not give way now for dusk or dawn, until Théoden is taken, or they themselves are slain.
[as he finishes speaking enemy trumpets blare, signalling another blast as the culvert is re-opened and simultaneously a hundred or so ladders flung up against the wall. The enemy swarms in from both sides and levels. The defenders are split in the melee, some into the Deep towards the caves, pushed back step by step, others cutting their way across to the citadel. Aragorn holds the rearguard to the Hornburg, scaring off the enemy with Andúril's flame to give everyone who can time to get inside. Legolas kneels at the top of the stairs, looking out from behind the door-arch and covering him with his last arrow]
[Aragorn turns and runs, but stumbles from exhaustion. The Orcs rush up to grab him. Legolas shoots the first one down; the others jump over him and run towards Aragorn who is dashing up the stairs. High overhead, some of the Riders are working to fling down a block of stone from the upper tier; they succeed in heaving it into middle of the attackers, and Aragorn makes it to the door which is slammed behind him with a clang.]
Aragorn: [wiping his forehead]
Aragorn: [shaking his head, panting]
Aragorn: [one-sided grin]
[Legolas tries to smile at the encouragement]
[Aragorn goes into the interior of the citadel and talks to the soldiers there, asking if anyone has seen Éomer:]
[Aragorn's expression changes from worry to dismay: the soldier tries to reassure him:]
I last saw him gathering men about him and fighting in the mouth of the Deep. Gamling was with him, and the dwarf, but I could not come to them.
[camera tracks along with Aragorn striding through the inner court and up some stairs to a room overlooking the valley. Théoden is there surveying the battle.]
[VO - we see Éomer, Gamling, and many others, some from Edoras, some from the Hornburg garrison, fighting a rearguard action into the Caves. Gimli, his face covered in blood, is one of the last to fall back through the narrow passage, and the camera tracks in with him, close-up on his tired, frustrated expression as he moves back with the Rohirrim to guard the entryway -- then something catches his attention and he looks up and behind them into the shadows in shock--]
But many of your men retreated into the Deep; and some say that Éomer was amongst them. In the narrows they may hold back the enemy and come within the caves.
[CUT back to Aragorn and Théoden in the tower above]
What hope they may have then I do not know.
Aragorn: [reasonable tone]
[shaking his head]
Had I known that the strength of Isengard was grown so great, maybe I should not so rashly have ridden forth to meet it, for all the arts of Gandalf. His counsel seems not now so good as it did under the morning sun.
[he looks out at the fighting and the burning countryside, his hands clasped behind his back, his voice steady:]
But I will not end here, taken like an old badger in a trap. Snowmane and Hasufel and the horses of my guard are in the inner court.
[turns back to look at Aragorn directly, very calm]
When dawn comes, I will bid men sound Helm's horn, and I will ride forth. Will you ride with me then, son of Arathorn? Maybe we shall cleave a road, or make such an end as will be worth a song - if any be left to sing of us hereafter.
[CUT to the outside of the Fortress, as the Riders work at trying to take back the outer Wall and stop more invaders from getting over it. Montage clips of Aragorn and Legolas making the circuit of the defenses, encouraging the Rohirrim and pitching in wherever people are getting overwhelmed by the grappling hooks and ladders. Multiple explosions, not all of which are successful in doing much damage, but which are very good at causing distraction and demoralization. The whole thing very fluid, realistic "fog-of-war" style, not the stylized modern view of "medieval" warfare -- street fighting, trench fighting, not "Robin Hood." Aragorn comes to the arc of the Gates, looks up and sees the sky starting to lighten in the east. Using the nearest arrow slit he climbs up and stands with his left hand raised in parley. (deliberate visual comparison to the Argonath)]
Orcs: [overlapping chorus]
No enemy has yet taken the Hornburg. Depart, or not one of you will be spared. Not one will be left alive to take back tidings to the North. You do not know your peril.
[he jumps down as they start shooting at him, then blow up the archway with blasting-fire. Aragorn runs to the tower. The Orcs start cheering, moving in to come in over the crater that used to be the gates - but then there is a strange sound behind them in the Coomb, like a high wind in distant trees, and alarmed yells arise from the back ranks. At this moment the horn of Helm rings out, deep and clear, echoing through the valley and the enemies cover their ears. Instead of fading, the echoes grow louder and louder, and the men look around in astonishment at this mystery:]
[Théoden rides out on Snowmane, spear in hand, his golden shield flashing in the half-light like the rising sun, with Aragorn on Hasufel at his right, behind him Gúthlaf (with banner), Háma, Déorwine, Glëowine, and others whom we saw at Edoras, and Legolas on Arod. They surge over the rubble and charge down the causeway, shouting, followed by all the surviving defenders of the Hornburg, coming from the tower and the Caves at the sound of the horncalls.]
[The enemy is flung back down the quarter-mile slope and begins to retreat before this unexpected onslaught - but as they come to the Deeping Wall and shove themselves through the gap, they stop in gibbering panic: the Forest has come up to a quarter mile from the Dike. Disorganized and demoralized, the Orcs and Dunlendings try to flee on all sides as the Rohirrim charge comes down on them, but the right side of the valley (from Théoden's POV) is too steep for them to climb, and as the routed Isengarders turn to the west, Gandalf rides to the crest of the ridge, followed by a host of Rohirrim, and marching in their center, we finally see that Marshall Erkenbrand (red shield) is still alive after all. He is sounding the signal of their arrival on his warhorn, explaining the mystery of the "echoes." PAN across the stunned, delighted faces of the King's party:]
[disorganized movement among the Isengarders. The Horn sounds out again
from the tower. Théoden's group charges down through the breach
in the Dike, as the Lord of Westfold and his men charge down the ridge
on the other side with Gandalf on Shadowfax. There is a terrible melee,
in which Háma is pulled down, blocking an enemy atttack on Théoden,
and hacked to pieces in an orgy of despairing vengeance by the Dunlendings.
The Westfolders under their Marshall now reach the combat, fresher troops
than the Hornburg garrison who have been fighting all night. As Gandalf
comes into the fray, the Isengarders are completely overwhelmed by his
aura of power and do not even try to fight him: the hillmen collapse and
surrender, and the Orcs are routed into the Trees...]
|[DVD - Dwarf Women (0:55)]
[<Scene: The refugees of Edoras are making their way to Helm's Deep. Gimli, riding a horse, is talking to Éowyn who is walking.>
(Éowyn smiles and turns back to look at Aragorn who is also riding.)
Aragorn: (Whispering and gesturing.)
(A large smile comes across Éowyn's face.)
(Éowyn and Gimli laugh)
Which is of course ridiculous.
(Gimli's horse starts to gallop and he falls to the ground. Éowyn runs up to help him, laughing all the while.)
(Éowyn helps Gimli up and brushes dirt off him. Smiling she turns
towards Aragorn, who smiles himself.)
[DVD - The Evenstar (4:28)]
<Scene: The vision of Éowyn's face slowly fades, replaced Aragorn smoking his pipe at night.>
<Flashback to Rivendell.>
Aragorn: (Reclining on a divan in Rivendell)
(Aragorn opens his eyes.)
This is a dream.
(Arwen steps away and looks out at the valley of Rivendell; Aragorn opens his eyes and turns to watch her.)
(Aragorn gets up and goes to her.)
Arwen: (Placing her fingers over his lips to stop his speech.)
(She touches the Evenstar pendant.)
<Scene: Daytime. Aragorn and Éowyn walk next to each other during the evacuation, both lead horses.>
<Flashback to Gilraen's grave in Rivendell. Aragorn and Elrond are talking.>
<Flashback to Rivendell. Members of the Fellowship can be seen preparing for departure. Aragorn is talking with Arwen.>
(Aragorn holds the Evenstar pendant out to Arwen.)
This belongs to you.
(She curls his fingers back around it.)
<End of Flashback. Scene returns to Aragorn and Éowyn walking the horses.>
[DVD - The Wolves of Isengard (6:37)]
(Háma and Gamling ride past Aragorn and Éowyn, scouting ahead of the refugees. They pass Legolas standing near the crest of a hill. Suddenly Hama's horse balks and rears.)
(A warg riding scout appears upon a hill above them. The warg leaps on Háma and his horse, knocking down the horse and throwing Háma.)
(Looks up and sees the wargs jaws just before he is killed.)
(Legolas, who has been standing at the crest of a hill, runs up and shoots the Warg with an arrow, then cuts the throat of the rider. Aragorn runs to the crest of the hill.)
Legolas: (as he cuts an Warg Rider's throat)
(Gamling rides back toward the refugees and Aragorn runs to his horse.)
(Legolas remains on the crest of the hill, watching the approaching warg riders.)
(Fear and confusion spread amongst the refugees.)
Gimli: (Who has been walking, tries to mount Arod.)
(Éowyn starts to mount the horse she is leading.)
Théoden: (to Éowyn)
Théoden to his riders: Follow me! Hya! (Rides forward to charge against the Wargs.)
Gimli: (As Arod backs up.)
Gimli: (Arod starts moving forward.)
(Legolas begins shooting at the warg riders. As the Rohirrim crest the hill, Legolas swings himself onto Arod with Gimli while the horse is at a dead run. The Rohirrim and wargs crash into each other and begin fighting.)
(The fighting rages between the Rohirrim and the Warg Riders. Gimli falls from Arod. When he stands a warg prepares to charge him.)
(Legolas rides up behind the Warg and kills it with an arrow.)
(Gimli turns around to kill another warg, the warg falls on him and he is pinned underneath.)
(Pushing at the Warg to get it off him.)
(A warg rider appears over the top of the dead warg on top of Gimli. Gimli snaps his neck, sniffs the rider, and is disgusted. Another warg then climbs on top of the pile. Aragorn sees the problem, rides up, grabs a spear, and kills the warg before it can harm Gimli. Gimli groans as it falls on top of the pile.)
(The Rohirrim wage a battle. Members of both sides are killed or knocked off their mounts.)
(Aragorn is knocked off his horse in the battle. When another warg passes him, Aragorn jumps up behind Sharku bestowing a Glasgow kiss. Sharku knocks him off, but he grips the wargs harness and while being dragged he uses his knife to stab Sharku. Sharku pushes Aragorn away, grabbing the Evenstar pendant, and falls wounded off the warg. Aragorn is caught in the harness and cannot free himself from the warg. The warg runs headlong off a cliff, and takes Aragorn with him.)
(The battle is winding down. Wargs and warg riders are pursued and killed, or run away. Legolas begins looking around.)
(Gimli uses his ax to dispatch a wounded warg.)
Legolas: (Looking around.)
Gimli: (Looking around.)
(Legolas examines the ground near the cliff.)
(Sharku, lying wounded where he fell, laughs wickedly.)
Gimli: (Raising his ax.)
Legolas: (Grabbing the Sharku by his armor.)
(Sharku dies. Legolas discovers the Evenstar pendant clutched in his hand. Taking it he joins Théoden at the cliff's edge, looking for signs of Aragorn. Gimli follows. They look at the river below.)
Théoden: (To Gamling.)
(Legolas looks up in shock. Théoden places a hand on his shoulder.)
[DVD - Helms Deep (2:25)]
<Scene: The refugees approach Helm's Deep.>
(One of the women grips Éowyn by the shoulders.)
We're safe m'lady. Thank you.
(The refugees enter Helms Deep. already crowded with other evacuees. Éowyn pauses and looks around, then heads into the halls.)
(The children run to Morwen.)
<Scene: The Rohirrim, led by Théoden, enter Helm's Deep.>
Éowyn: (Runs to greet the returning warriors.)
(Reaching up to help down an injured rider.)
Gimli: (Approaches Éowyn)
(Éowyn looks toward the King. Tears well in her eyes.)
<Scene: Refugees stream up the causeway.>
(Théoden, Gamling and other Rohirrim descend the steps of the Deeping Wall.)
(As they pass we see a culvert, crawling with rats, and surrounded with
[DVD - Isengard Unleashed (2:35)]
Helm's Deep has but one weakness. Its outer wall is solid rock but for a small culvert at its base, which is little more than a drain.
<Scene: Interior of Orthanc.>
Grima: (Holding a candle.)
(Grima gets a little too close to the explosives with his candle and Saruman pushes him back.)
Saruman: (Passes from one chamber, past the Palantir toward a
Grima: (Follows Saruman, his candle guttering.)
(He Reaches his balcony.)
(As Saruman emerges onto the balcony, a horn is heard and his vast army cheers.)
Saruman: (To the army)
To war!! There will be no dawn for men.
(Grima sheds one tear. The army marches away.)
[inserted segment based on "Treebeard" -P@L]
[DVD - The Grace of the Valar (1:39)]
<Scene: The River. >
(Aragorn floats gently ashore. Arwen is seen lying on her bed, and then she materializes over Aragorn who is lying on his back, and kisses him gently.)
(As Aragorn opens his eyes, the vision of Arwen disappears.)
(Aragorn is on his side, now fully out of the water. A horse comes to him and nuzzles him.)
(Brego kneels and Aragorn pulls himself onto Brego's back with difficulty.)
[invented scene partly based on Appendices inserted here, Elrond convincing Arwen to give up on Aragorn and go West via guilt trip -P@L]
[invented as well as inserted segment with Galadriel and Elrond doing a recap to tie both Fronts and storylines together. -P@L]
[inserted segment based on "The Window on the West" and "The Forbidden Pool", ending]
Prepare to leave. The Ring will go to Gondor.
[DVD - Aragorn's Return (5:32)]
<Scene: Rohan. Aragorn rides beyond some rocks and sees the army of Isengard at a distance, marching towards Helms Deep. He backs away and begins to ride with more urgency. He crests a hill and we see Helm's deep in the distance.> (5:32)
(Aragorn rides up the causeway into Helm's Deep.)
Gimli: (Pushing his way through the refugees.)
You are the luckiest, the canniest and the most reckless man I ever knew. Bless you, laddie.
(Gimli nods his head in the direction of the keep. Aragorn makes his way toward the King, he encounters Legolas.)
(Éowyn sees Aragorn and begins to rush over to him. She stops herself when she sees Legolas hand Aragorn the Evenstar pendant.)
(Aragorn enters Théoden's chamber, throwing the doors wide.)
<Scene: We see Théoden discussing Aragorn's news with Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Gamling and his Captains.>
Théoden: (Becoming resolute.)
(Théoden stands on the Deeping Wall with Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and his Guard. Men are spread thinly along this wall and the walls of the fortress.)
(They walk down the stairs past refugees who are being moved to the caves, then out the main gate onto the causeway.)
Théoden: (Stepping up to Gimli.)
(Théoden leads Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli and his Guard down the fortress steps and onto the fortress walls.)
(Théoden angrily turns to face Aragorn.)
(He turns to walk toward the Keep.)
(Théoden turns back in frustration.)
(Nods toward Legolas and Gimli.)
Dwarves? We are not so lucky in our friends as you. The old alliances are dead.
Théoden: (In Aragorn's face.)
(Théoden enters the Keep followed by his Guard.)
Gamling: (To another officer)
(Crebain circle the sky beyond the walls.)
[inserted scene based on "Treebeard" -P@L]
[DVD The Glittering Caves - (1:57)]
<Scene: The refugees enter the caves. As the camera draws back we can see glittering formations, and the immense size of the caves. Babies cry. Old men and young boys are leaving their families in order to prepare for battle. Some are reluctant and several women cry and beg.>
<Scene: The Helm's Deep armory. Aragorn inspects a sword, tosses it down scowling. Men and boys file by and are fitted with weapons and arms.>
(At Legolas words all the men stop and listen to the conversation.)
(Aragorn stalks away, Legolas starts after him.)
(Théoden stands before the open door of the Keep. The setting sun floods through the door behind him.)
(Gamling slides Théoden's breastplate on over his right arm and starts to fasten it. As Théoden speaks he adds additional pieces of armor.)
Where is the horse and the rider?
(Gamling adds additional pieces of armor.)
(The army of Isengard marches.)
The days have come down in the west, behind the hills, into shadow.
(Boys are fitted with armor and choose shields.)
How did it come to this?
(From overhead we see battle preparations in the courtyard of Helm's Deep.)
(Aragorn is sitting on the steps, while two young boys are standing near a fire, with looks of confusion at their armor and weapons.)
(The nearest boy hands him his sword.)
(Aragorn swings the boy's sword around.)
(Aragorn puts on chain mail then his leather jerkin over it.)
(His sword hilt appears in front of him, Legolas is holding it out to him.)
(Places his hand on Legolas shoulder. Gimli enters with chain mail bunched around his chest.)
(He lets the chain mail drop to the floor, it is several inches too long. Legolas and Aragorn look at him in amusement.)
(A horn is heard being blown.)
(Legolas and Aragorn rush out, up stairs.)
(Soldiers on the fortress wall look at the source of the horn.)
(A long file of Elves march up the causeway and into the fortress. They wear armor covered by hooded capes.)
Théoden: (Coming down steps.)
Haldir: (Stepping forward.)
(Aragorn and Legolas come down the stairs.)
We come to honor that allegiance.
(Haldir bows his head to Aragorn, while Aragorn embraces him.)
(Legolas greets Haldir.)
(Elves turn in unison.)
(The Elves stand three deep along the Deeping wall. Their capes are gone and they are in full battle dress. The army of Rohan is spread along the walls of the fortress. They watch the army of Isengard approaching. Among the Elves stand Legolas and Gimli. Just the top of Gimli's helmet can be seen over the rampart.)
(Legolas smirks, Aragorn joins them.)
(Thunder strikes and lightening highlights Legolas and Aragorn.)
(The army of Isengard comes to a stop and forms up facing Helm's Deep. They chant and beat their weapons. The refugees in Aglarond hear and are fearful.)
(Théoden and his Guard stand on the walls of the court, as rain begins to fall.)
(The Rohans and Elves draw and aim their bows.)
Aragorn: (Walking among the ranks of Elves.)
(Uruks start growling and showing more of their anger. Gimli starts jumping up and down in order to see over the wall.)
(An old man accidentally releases an arrow and it fells an Uruk in the front ranks.)
(The Uruks begin to rage.)
(The Uruk Captain orders the attack to begin. Uruks rush the walls.)
(Others repeat the command.)
(The Elves on the Deeping Wall fire their arrows.)
(The Rohan soldiers fire arrows.)
(Ranks of Elves on the ground behind the Deeping Wall fire arrows over the wall.)
(Some Orcs run up and place bases from which ladders are lifted.)
(Ladders rise with Orcs already on them, and the assault moves to the top of the Deeping Wall.)
(Uruks begin to come over the wall, The fighting intensifies and there is hand to hand battle on the wall. Now that Orcs are within his reach Gimli begins to fight.)
(After felling two Uruks, Gimli turns to Legolas.)
(And off Gimli goes hacking away at the enemy.)
(The fighting continues.)
[inserted segment based on "Treebeard" -P@L]
[DVD - Breach of the Deeping Wall (3:25)]
<Scene: Helm's Deep>
(Gimli is standing at the top of the wall counting as he kills Uruks coming up the ladder.)
(The camera draws away from the Deeping wall and reveals all of Helm's Deep. A rank of Uruks is advancing up the causeway protected by shields on three sides.)
Aragorn: (Noticing the shielded Uruks.) Causeway! Na fennas!
Théoden: (Standing on the Fortress walls.) Is this it? Is this all you can conjure, Saruman?
(Four Uruks carry two bombs and place them in the culvert. An Uruk with a torch runs through the Uruks toward the culvert.)
Aragorn: (Seeing the peril.)
(Legolas fires an arrow that hits the Uruk high in his right chest, but barely affects him.)
(Legolas fires another arrow that causes the Uruk to stagger. The Uruk begins to fall, but somehow manages to stumble forward and throw himself into the culvert, setting off the bomb. A large portion of the wall explodes. Debris boulders, Elves and Orcs fly in all directions. Aragorn is thrown to the ground unconscious, while Gimli lies unconscious on top of the wall. Théoden atop the fortress wall looks stunned. Uruks begin to charge through the culvert, but are hit with a rush of released water. The shielded Uruks reach the gate and reveal a battering ram. They begin to assault the fortress gate.)
Théoden: (Seeing the battering ram.)
(The soldiers inside the gate throw their bodies against the door to withstand the battering ram, which is damaging the gate.)
(Those manning the walls above the gate begin throwing rocks and spears at the Uruks on the causeway. PJ of Rohan hurls a spear. Now that the water has abated, Uruks on the ground again rush through the culvert. Gimli awakens and sees Aragorn is in peril.)
(Gimli leaps from the wall to the ground.)
Aragorn: (Awakened by Gimli.)
(Gimli attacks Uruks with his ax. He is knocked down and disappears under the water. Aragorn stands in front of the Elven warriors on the ground behind the wall.)
(The Elves fire arrows at the Uruks coming through the breach in the wall.)
(Aragorn and the Elves on the ground charge the Uruks with drawn swords.
Legolas who is on top of the wall, picks up an Uruk shield and slides down
stairs on it to the culvert battle. He shoots arrows as he goes. At the
bottom, he directs the shield into an Uruk's chest, and begins attacking
more Uruk's using his elven blades. Aragorn finds Gimli underwater and
drags him to his feet as the Uruks and Elves begin a pitched battle at
[invented scene not at all based on "Treebeard" - definitely Fanfic With Names Slapped On. -P@L]
[DVD - Retreat to the Hornburg (5:56)]
<Scene: The battle continues at Helm's Deep. The army of Isengard appears to be winning. Théoden looks on from the Keep.>
(He calls down to Aragorn.)
Aragorn! Fall back to the Keep! Get your men out of there!
(Many men echo the fall back command.)
(Aragorn acknowledges Théoden and speaks to the fighters.)
(He notices Haldir still fighting on top of the remnants of the Deeping Wall.)
(Haldir acknowledges Aragorn and motions to the remaining elves to retreat.)
Gimli: (as he is being carried away)
(Haldir sees the Elves start retreating to the Keep. He kills an Uruk, but another Uruk stabs him in the side. He kills this one too, but begins to react to his wound. As he turns to go a third Uruk delivers a fatal ax wound to Haldir's back.)
(As Haldir begins to fall, Aragorn sees that he is hit and fights his way to the top of the wall. Haldir looks around as he is dying and sees many dead Elves. Aragorn reaches Haldir as he dies, cradles him briefly, salutes him by touching his chest, then fights his way to a ladder. He knocks the Uruk on top off, and swings toward the Keep stairway.)
(The Uruks are breaking through the gate.)
(Draws his sword leaves the wall.)
(Théoden joins the battle at the gate. An Uruk stabs him with a spear, Théoden winces and thrusts a spear into the Uruk.)
(Gamling pulls Théoden is back to safety.)
(Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn and remaining Elves rush up the stairs and up to the gate.)
Aragorn: Gimli! (He motions to Gimli and directs him through the melee and out the postern gate.)
(Aragorn and Gimli appear outside the fortress near the top of the causeway. They look down on the Uruks fighting at the gate.)
Gimli: (Peering around Aragorn.)
(Gimli checks the distance and considers his options.)
(Arches an eyebrow.)
(Aragorn tosses Gimli to the causeway into the Uruks. Gimli gives a battle cry. Aragorn jumps to the causeway with a cry of his own. The two heroes engage the Uruks in battle. The Uruks pull and fire giant cross bows at the Hornburg which latch to the walls. The soldiers bring in timbers to barricade the gate.)
(The Uruks begin raising two huge war towers from the tackle attached to the crossbows. Hordes more Orcs swarm onto the court walls. Legolas fires an arrow into the connection of a third tower and it falls back on the Uruks who scream.)
(The gate is nearly covered, but for a small rectangular area that Théoden looks through.)
(He fits in a last board.)
(Aragorn and Gimli turn to acknowledge Théoden and are grabbed by a huge Uruk.)
(Appearing with a rope on the fortress wall.)
(Legolas tosses down a rope. Aragorn dispatches the Uruk, grabs the rope with one hand and takes Gimli in his other arm. Legolas begins to pull them up the wall to safety. The Uruks fire another crossbow to the wall. This shot impales a soldier and carries him off the wall.)
(Seeing the Uruks flooding over the fortress wall and through the breach in the Deeping Wall, Théoden orders retreat.)
(Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas join the others racing for the Keep as Orcs swarm in from every side.)
[another invented scene not based on "Treebeard" -P@L]
[invented scene not based on "Journey to the Crossroads", set in Osgiliath. -P@L]
[and another invented scene not based on "Treebeard" -P@L]
[another invented scene not based on "Journey to the Crossroads", set in Osgiliath. -P@L]
[DVD - Forth Eorlingas (4:37)]
<Scene: Saruman's army is in possession of the courtyard of the Keep. They wave banners and patrol the walls. Inside the Keep the men are barricading the doors with tables and benches.>
(The battering ram is brought to the doors of the Keep.)
(He and Legolas reach for a table.)
They still defend it.
(Aragorn approaches Théoden and Legolas manages the bench alone.)
They have died defending it!
(In the caves of Aglarond the sound of the final assault is heard by the refugees.)
(Babies and many of the women are crying in fear.)
(In the Hornburg the men use their body weight against the barricade to reinforce the doors.)
(Gamling looks at Théoden but they do not answer.)
(Insistently to Gamling.)
Gamling: (Glances at Théoden)
Aragorn: (Grabbing Gamling by the arm.) Send word for the women and children to make for the mountain pass and barricade the entrance!
(Aragorn and Gamling turn toward him as other men rush about.)
Aragorn: (Turns to Théoden.)
(We see a high window where the first suns rays are shinning into the keep.)
The Horn of Helm Hammerhand shall sound in the deep, one last time.
Théoden: (To Aragorn.)
(We see Théoden, Aragorn, Legolas and other men of Rohan mounted on horses. Gimli sounds the Great Horn. The Uruks look around in confusion. The Uruks break the door knocking down the last defender.)
(The riders charge through the Keep, over the Uruks at the door, and out to the causeway. As the riders near the end of the causeway, the horn sounds again and Aragorn looks to the East. He sees Gandalf at the top of the hill, mounted on a rearing Shadowfax.)
(Éomer appears beside Gandalf.)
(He draws his swords.)
(Eomer's mounted troops arrive and fill the hilltop.)
(The army on horseback rushes down the hillside towards the Uruks with Gandalf and Éomer leading them. The Uruks rush to the base of the hill and make a spear wall. They are blinded by the rising sun and the White Rider. Their defense fails.)
(Battle cries are heard as the Rohirrim engage the Uruks.)
[invented scene not really based on "Flotsam and Jetsam" -P@L]
[invented Osgiliath scene with flying Wraith on very-thin-skinned, not-so-fell Fell Beast. -P@L]
(We see the fight at Helm's Deep. Orcs flee from the riders.)
Sam (v.o.): ... how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?
(We see the Rohirrim winning at Helm's Deep, Théoden smiling in victory.)
it's only a passing thing, this shadow.
(We see Éowyn greeting Aragorn after the battle. She touches
his face and smiles, tears in her eyes, then puts her head on his shoulder
in an embrace.)