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PIPPIN
Eagles! The eagles are coming!
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ARAGORN
Let the Lord of the Black Land come forth!
ARAGORN
Let justice be done upon him!
THE MOUTH OF SAURON
My master, Sauron the Great, bids thee welcome. [smiles] Is there any in this rout with authority to treat with me?
GANDALF THE WHITE
We do not come to treat with Sauron, faithless and accursed. Tell your master this: the armies of Mordor must disband. He is to depart these lands, never to return.
THE MOUTH OF SAURON
Ahh, old Greybeard. I have a token I was bidden to show thee. [reveals Frodo's mithril vest and throws it at them]
PIPPIN
[whispers] Frodo...
GANDALF
Silence.
MERRY
No!
GANDALF
Silence!
THE MOUTH OF SAURON
The halfling was dear to thee, I see. Know that he suffered greatly at the hands of his host. Who would've thought one so small could endure so much pain? And he did, Gandalf, he did. [Aragorn rides towards the Mouth of Sauron] And who is this? Isildur's heir? It takes more to make a King than a broken Elvish blade...
GIMLI
I guess that concludes negotiations.
ARAGORN
[to Gandalf] I do not believe it! I will not!
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DENETHOR
Can you sing, Master Hobbit?
PIPPIN
Well... yes. At least, well enough for my own people. But we have no songs for great halls and... evil times.
DENETHOR
And why should your songs be unfit for my hall? Come, sing me a song. [pause]
PIPPIN
[sings] Home is behind, the world ahead... And there are many paths to tread. Through shadow, to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight... Mist and shadow, cloud and shade, all shall fade... all... shall... fade...
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PIPPIN
The last of the Longbottom leaf?
MERRY
I know you've run out. You smoke too much, Pip.
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GANDALF THE WHITE
All has turned to vain ambition! He would even use his grief as a cloak! A thousand years this city has stood. Now, at the whim of a madman, it will fall. And the White Tree, the Tree of the King, will never bloom again.
PIPPIN
Why are they still guarding it then?
GANDALF THE WHITE
They guard it because they have hope. A faint and fading hope, that one day it will flower. A King will come, and this city will be as it once was. Before it fell into decay. The old wisdom born out of the West was forsaken. Kings made tombs more splendid than the houses of the living, and counted the names of their descent dearer than the names of their sons. Childless lords sat in aged halls, musing on heraldry, or in high cold towers asking questions of the stars. And so, the people of Gondor fell into ruin. The line of Kings failed. The White Tree withered. The rule of Gondor was given over to lesser men.
PIPPIN
[staring towards Mordor] Mordor.
GANDALF THE WHITE
Yes, there it lies. This city has dwelt ever in the sight of its shadow.
PIPPIN
A storm is coming.
GANDALF THE WHITE
This is not the weather of the world. This is a devise of Sauron's making, a broil of fume he sends ahead of his host. The Orcs of Mordor have no love of daylight. So he covers the face of the sun to ease their passage along the road to war. When the shadow of Mordor reaches this city, it will begin.
PIPPIN
Well, Minas Tirith, very impressive. So where are we off to next?
GANDALF THE WHITE
Oh, it's too late for that, Peregrin. There's no leaving this city. Help must come to us.
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PIPPIN
[looking at his armor] So, I imagine this is just a ceremonial position. I mean, they don't actually expect me to do any fighting. Do they?
GANDALF THE WHITE
You're in the service of the Steward now. You're going to have to do as you're told, Peregrin Took, Guard of the Citadel!
PIPPIN
It's so quiet.
GANDALF THE WHITE
It's the deep breath before the plunge.
PIPPIN
I don't want to be in a battle, but waiting on the edge of one I can't escape is even worse. Is there any hope, Gandalf... for Frodo and Sam?
GANDALF THE WHITE
There never was much hope. Just a fool's hope. Our enemy is almost ready, his full strength gathered. Not only Orcs, but men as well; legions of Haradrim from the South, mercenaries from the coast- All will answer Mordor' s call. This will be the end of Gondor as we know it. Here the hammerstroke will fall hardest. If the river is taken, if the garrison at Osgiliath falls, the last defence of this city will be gone.
PIPPIN
But we have the White Wizard. That's got to count for something. [Gandalf does not answer] Gandalf?
GANDALF THE WHITE
Sauron has yet to reveal his deadliest servant. The one who will lead Mordor's armies in war. The one they say no living Man can kill. The Witch-King of Angmar! You've met him before. He stabbed Frodo on Weathertop. He is the Lord of the Nazgûl, the greatest of the Nine. Minas Morgul is his lair.
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ARAGORN
Let the Lord of the Black Land come forth! Let justice be done upon him!
THE MOUTH OF SAURON
My master, Sauron the Great, bids thee welcome. Is there any in this rout with authority to treat with me?
GANDALF
Silence.
THE MOUTH OF SAURON
No!
PIPPIN
Silence!
GANDALF
The halfling was dear to thee, I see. Know that he suffered greatly at the hands of his host. Who would've thought one so small could endure so much pain? And he did, Gandalf, he did.
MERRY
And who is this? Isildur's heir? It takes more to make a King that a broken Elvish blade...
GANDALF
I guess that concludes negotiations.
THE MOUTH OF SAURON
[to Gandalf] I do not believe it! I will not!
THE MOUTH OF SAURON
We do not come to treat with Sauron, faithless and accursed. Tell your master this: the armies of Mordor must disband. He is to depart these lands, never to return.
GIMLI
Ahh, old Greybeard. I have a token I was bidden to show thee.
ARAGORN
[whispers] Frodo...
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PIPPIN
I didn't think it would end this way.
GANDALF THE WHITE
End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass... then you see it!
PIPPIN
What? Gandalf? See what?
GANDALF THE WHITE
White shores... and beyond. A far green country, under a swift sunrise.
PIPPIN
Well, that isn't so bad.
GANDALF THE WHITE
[smiles] No... no, it isn't.