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THEODEN
Eomer. Take your Èored down the left flank. Gamling, follow the King's banner down the center. Grimbold, take your company right, after you pass the wall. Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... ere the sun rises!
EOWYN
[to Merry] Whatever happens, stay with me. I'll look after you.
THEODEN
Ride now!... Ride now!... Ride! Ride to ruin and the world's ending!
THEODEN
Death!
ROHIRRIM
[echoing] Death!
THEODEN
DEATH!
EOWYN, MERRY
Death!
THEODEN
Forth, Eorlingas!
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ARAGORN
The Beacons of Minas Tirith! The Beacons are lit! Gondor calls for aid.
THEODEN
And Rohan will answer. Muster the Rohirrim. Assemble the army at Dunharrow. As many men as can be found. You have two days. On the third, we ride for Gondor... and war.
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THEODEN
Grimbold, how many?
GRIMBOLD
I bring 500 from the Westfold, my lord.
GAMLING
We have 300 more from Fenmarch, Theoden King.
THEODEN
Where are the riders of Snowbourn?
GAMLING
None have come, my lord.
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THEODEN
I know your face... Eowyn. My eyes darken.
EOWYN
No. No. I'm going to save you.
THEODEN
You already did... Eowyn. My body is broken. You have to let me go. I go to my fathers, in whose mighty company I shall not now feel ashamed. Eowyn... [dies]
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THEODEN
I take my leave.
ARAGORN
My Lord Elrond.
ELROND
I come on behalf of one whom I love. Arwen is dying. She will not long survive the evil that now spreads from Mordor. The light of the Evenstar is failing. As Sauron's power grows, her strength wanes. Arwen's life is now tied to the fate of the Ring. The Shadow is upon us, Aragorn. The end has come.
ARAGORN
It will not be our end but his.
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THEODEN
[to Eowyn] I am happy for you. He is an honorable man.
EOWYN
You are both honorable men.
THEODEN
It was not Theoden of Rohan who led our people to victory.
0
THEODEN
Tonight we remember those who gave their blood to defend this country. Hail the victorious dead.
ALL
Hail!
0
THEODEN
Six thousand spears. Less than half of what I'd hoped for.
ARAGORN
Six thousand will not be enough to break the lines of Mordor.
THEODEN
More will come.
ARAGORN
Every hour lost hastens Gondor's defeat. We have 'til dawn, then we must ride.
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SARUMAN
You have fought many wars and slain many men, Theoden King, and made peace afterwards. Can we not take council as we once did, my old friend? Can we not have peace?
THEODEN
We shall have peace... We shall have peace, when you answer for the burning of the Westfold, and the children that lie dead there! We shall have peace, when the lives of the soldiers whose bodies were hewn even as they died against the gates of the Hornberg, are avenged! When you hang from a gibbit for the sport of your own crows...! We shall have peace.
SARUMAN
Gibbits and crows! DOTARD! What do *you* want, Gandalf Greyhame? Let me guess. The key of Orthanc? Or perhaps the keys of Barad-Dur itself? Along with the crowns of the seven kings and the rods of the five wizards?
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MERRY
Excuse me? I have a sword. Please accept it. [kneels] I offer you my service, Theoden King.
THEODEN
[raises him to his feet] And gladly, I accept it. You shall be Meriadoc, Esquire of Rohan.