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ELROND
Strangers from distant lands, friends of old, you have been summoned here to answer the threat of Mordor. Middle Earth stands upon the brink of destruction; none can escape it. You will unite or you will fall. Each race is bound to this fate, this one doom. Bring forth the ring, Frodo.
BOROMIR
[Frodo puts the ring on a stand for all to see] So it is true. In a dream, I saw the Eastern sky grow dark. But in the West, a pale light lingered. A voice was crying, "The doom is near at hand, Isildur's Bane is found." [reaches for the Ring] Isildur's Bane...
ARAGORN
Boromir!
GANDALF
[speaking the words engraved on the Ring] Ash Nazg Durbatuluk, Ash Nazg Gimbatul, Ash Nazg Thrakatuluk, Agh Burzum-ishi Krimpatul. [the light darkens and the air rumbles; Boromir backs away from the Ring]
ELROND
Never before has anyone dared utter words of that tongue here, in Imladris.
GANDALF
I do not ask for pardon, Master Elrond, for the Black Speech of Mordor may yet be heard in every corner of the West! The Ring is altogether evil.
BOROMIR
is a gift. A gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use this ring? Long has my father, the Steward of Gondor, kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy. Let us use it against him.
ARAGORN
You cannot wield it. None of us can. The One Ring answers to Sauron alone. It has no other master.
BOROMIR
And what would a Ranger know of this matter?
LEGOLAS
This is no mere Ranger. He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. You owe him your allegiance.
BOROMIR
Aragorn? This is Isildur's heir?
LEGOLAS
And heir to the throne of Gondor
ARAGORN
[Elvish] Sit down, Legolas.
BOROMIR
Gondor has no King. Gondor needs no King.
GANDALF
Aragorn is right. We cannot use it.
ELROND
You have only one choice. The Ring must be destroyed.
GIMLI
Then what are we waiting for? [He strikes the ring with his axe; the axe breaks, leaving the ring intact]
ELROND
The ring cannot be destroyed, Gimli, son of Gloin, by any craft that we here possess. The ring was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there can it be unmade. The ring must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came. One of you must do this.
BOROMIR
One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten-thousand men could you do this. It is folly.
LEGOLAS
Have you heard nothing Lord Elrond has said? The ring must be destroyed!
GIMLI
And I suppose you think you're the one to do it?
BOROMIR
And if we fail, what then? What happens when Sauron takes back what is his?
GIMLI
I will be dead before I see the Ring in the hands of an Elf! Never trust an Elf!
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ARAGORN
I do not know what strength is in my blood, but I swear to you I will not let the White City fall, nor our people fail.
BOROMIR
Our people, our people. I would have would have followed you, my brother... my captain... my king.
ARAGORN
Be at peace, Son of Gondor.
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BOROMIR
None of us should wander alone, you least of all. Frodo? I know you suffer, I see it day by day. Are you sure you do not suffer needlessly? There are other ways, Frodo, other paths we might take.
FRODO BAGGINS
I know what you would say, and it would seem like wisdom, but for the warning in my heart.
BOROMIR
Warning? Against what? We are all afraid, Frodo. But to let that fear drive us to destroy what hope we have... don't you see? That is madness!
FRODO BAGGINS
There is no other way.
BOROMIR
I ask only for the strength to defend my people!
BOROMIR
If you would but lend me the Ring...
FRODO BAGGINS
[backs away] No!
BOROMIR
Why do you recoil? I am no thief.
FRODO BAGGINS
You are not yourself.
BOROMIR
What chance do you think you have? They will find you. They will take the Ring. And you will beg for death before the end!
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BOROMIR
[holding the ring after Frodo has lost it] It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. Such a little thing.
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ELROND
Strangers from distant lands, friends of old, you have been summoned here to answer the threat of Mordor. Middle Earth stands upon the brink of destruction; none can escape it. You will unite or you will fall. Each race is bound to this fate, this one doom. Bring forth the ring, Frodo.
BOROMIR
[Frodo puts the ring on a stand for all to see] So it is true. In a dream, I saw the Eastern sky grow dark. But in the West, a pale light lingered. A voice was crying, "The doom is near at hand, Isildur's Bane is found." [reaches for the Ring] Isildur's Bane...
ARAGORN
[Elvish] Sit down, Legolas.
GANDALF
Then what are we waiting for? [He strikes the ring with his axe; the axe breaks, leaving the ring intact]
ELROND
The ring cannot be destroyed, Gimli, son of Gloin, by any craft that we here possess. The ring was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there can it be unmade. The ring must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came. One of you must do this.
GANDALF
One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten-thousand men could you do this. It is folly.
BOROMIR
Have you heard nothing Lord Elrond has said? The ring must be destroyed!
ARAGORN
And I suppose you think you're the one to do it?
BOROMIR
And if we fail, what then? What happens when Sauron takes back what is his?
LEGOLAS
I will be dead before I see the Ring in the hands of an Elf! Never trust an Elf!
BOROMIR
Boromir!
LEGOLAS
[speaking the words engraved on the Ring] Ash Nazg Durbatuluk, Ash Nazg Gimbatul, Ash Nazg Thrakatuluk, Agh Burzum-ishi Krimpatul. [the light darkens and the air rumbles; Boromir backs away from the Ring]
ARAGORN
Never before has anyone dared utter words of that tongue here, in Imladris.
BOROMIR
I do not ask for pardon, Master Elrond, for the Black Speech of Mordor may yet be heard in every corner of the West! The Ring is altogether evil.
GANDALF
is a gift. A gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use this ring? Long has my father, the Steward of Gondor, kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy. Let us use it against him.
ELROND
You cannot wield it. None of us can. The One Ring answers to Sauron alone. It has no other master.
GIMLI
And what would a Ranger know of this matter?
ELROND
This is no mere Ranger. He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. You owe him your allegiance.
BOROMIR
Aragorn? This is Isildur's heir?
LEGOLAS
And heir to the throne of Gondor
GIMLI
Gondor has no King. Gondor needs no King.
BOROMIR
Aragorn is right. We cannot use it.
GIMLI
You have only one choice. The Ring must be destroyed.
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BOROMIR
Frodo... Where is Frodo?
ARAGORN
I let Frodo go.
BOROMIR
Then you did what I could not.
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BOROMIR
[about the Ring] It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing... such a little thing.
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BOROMIR
One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.
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BOROMIR
The world of men will fall, and all will come to darkness, my city to ruin.
ARAGORN
I do not know what strength is in my blood, but I swear to you I will not let the White City fall, nor our people fail.
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BOROMIR
This is no mine. It's a tomb.