The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King script
Synopsis: Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

For Your Consideration

Best Adapted Screenplay By

Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

Based on the Book by J.R.R. Tolkien

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

BLACK SCREEN . . .

SUPER:
New Line Cinema Presents

SUPER:
A WingNut Films Production

BLACK SCREEN:

EXT. RIVER ANDUIN - DAY

ANGLE ON:
SMEAGOL and his cousin, DEAGOL, sit in a SMALL

CORACLE, their FISHING LINES draped over the side . . . SUNSHINE

glinting off the surface of the water.

An idyllic image.

SUDDENLY . . . DEAGOL's FISHING ROD BENDS under the weight of a

LARGE FISH.

DEAGOL:

(excited)

Smeagol, I've got one!

(he laughs)

I've got a fish, Smeagol!

SMEAGOL:

(excitedly)

Go on, pull it in.

DEAGOL pulls on his ROD, but is HAULED OVERBOARD and

disappears underwater with a SPLASH!

ANGLE ON:
SMEAGOL leaning over the BOAT . . . CONCERNED.

SMEAGOL (cont'd)

(worried)

Deagol!

EXT. UNDERWATER, RIVER ANDUIN - DAY

ANGLE ON:
DEAGOL is towed to the RIVER BED by a LARGE FISH

. . . he suddenly lets go of the line . . . eyes fixed on a

SHINING GOLD RING, lying in 'the SILT.

Final Revision - October, 2003 2

EXT. RIVER ANDUIN, GLADDEN FIELDS - DAY

CLOSE ON:
DEAGOL climbs out of the WATER, onto the RIVER

BANK.

CLOSE ON:
the RING revealed in DEAGOL'S PALM . . .

ANGLE ON:
SMEAGOL peers over his shoulder . . . the GOLD

reflects in SMEAGOL'S EYES!

ON SOUNDTRACK:
The HUM of the RING growing LOUDER . . .

SMEAGOL:

Give us that, Deagol, my love!

DEAGOL turns to look at him, a smirk on his face.

DEAGOL:

Why?

CLOSE ON:
SMEAGOL moves towards DEAGOL . . .

SMEAGOL:

Because its my birthday, and I wants it.

ANGLE ON:
SMEAGOL jumps on DEAGOL . . . STRANGLING HIM! SMEAGOL

rips the GLITTERING RING from DEAGOL'S LIMP HAND.

SMEAGOL (cont'd)

My precious!

CLOSE ON:
SMEAGOL slips the RING onto his FINGER and DISAPPEARS.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. MISTY MOUNTAINS CAVES - DAY

IMAGES:
SMEAGOL descending into madness. His body TWISTS and

DISTORTS . . . he becomes a CREEPY, SHRIVELLED wretch . . . finally

crawling into a DARK CAVE beneath the MISTY MOUNTAINS.

SMEAGOL V/0

They cursed us. Murderer. Murderer they

called us. They cursed us and drove us

away.

(M°RE) (CONTINUED)

Final Revision - October, 2003 3.

CONTINUED:

SMEAGOL V/0 (cont'd)

And we wept, Precious, we wept to be so

alone. And we forgot the taste of bread,

the sound of trees, the softness of the

wind . . . We even forgot our own name.

(in a choking cough)

Gollum! Gollum!

ANGLE ON:
GOLLUM in the CAVE staring at the RING in his hand.

GOLLUM:

It's mine! My own. It came to me.

SMEAGOL:

(ecstatic)

My Precious.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. CULVERT, VALE OF MORGUL - DAWN

ANGLE ON:
A GRIM LANDSCAPE, covered in THORN BUSHES and the

scars of RECENT FIRES. The DARK MORGUL VALLEY disappears up

towards the MOUNTAINS.

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Fran Walsh

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson since 1987. They have two children. more…

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