I amar prestar aen. The world is changed. Han mathon ne nen. I feel it in the waters. Han
mathon ne chae. I feel it in the earth. a han noston ned gwilith. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost. For none
now live who remember it.
(The words 'The Lord of the Rings' appears in gold lettering on the screen, the screen fades back to black, then a fire
comes onto the screen. A pair of tongs are seen pouring a heated liquid into a mold.)
It began with the forging of the Great Rings.
(Three elf hands are seen, each wearing one of the elven rings, which each have jewels on them. We see the elves looking
at the rings on their fingers.)
Three were given to the Elves: immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings.
Seven to the dwarf-lords: great miners and craftsmen of the mountain halls.
(We see the dwarves take their rings)
And nine. Nine rings were gifted to the race of men, who above all else desire power.
(The men are seen with their
For within these rings was bound the strength and will to govern each race. But they were all of them deceived.
see a map of Middle Earth, which blackens, as the screen blacks out.)
For another ring was made.
(Map is shown again, this time showing Mordor).
In the land of Mordor, in the fires of Mount Doom, the Dark Lord Sauron forged in secret a master ring to control all others.
(We see Mt Doom, a volcano, spitting out lava from the top. We see Sauron's face, wearing a golden mask. Then we see
a more distant shot of Sauron, this time holding something up in his hand).
And into this ring he poured his cruelty, his malice, and his will to dominate all life.
(Fire blots out his image,
and in the fire we see round, gold ring. We see a close shot of Sauron, with the ring on his hand. The camera zooms in on
the ring, which has fiery elvish letters on it.)
One Ring to rule them all.
(Once again, we see a map of Middle Earth. A dark cloud originating from Mordor spreads
to the rest of Middle Earth).
One by one, free lands of Middle Earth fell to the power of the ring.
(The map blends into a village in Middle
Earth, where people are running away from Orcs, who are brandishing axes, and burning down houses)
But there were some who resisted.
(We see an army of men marching, then a long shot of the battle field, where
there are thousands of men, elves, and Orcs in battle, marching towards each other. The camera moves up to show Mt Doom)
A last alliance of Men and Elves marched against the armies of Mordor. And on the slopes of Mount Doom, they fought for
the freedom of Middle-earth.
We see an Orc snarling, then a line of archers shooting arrows. Once again, we see a long shot of the battlefield, with
Orcs falling off cliff tops as they are shot. There are tens of thousands on the battlefield.
We see an army of elves and men, commanded by Elrond, who shouts a battle cry
: Tangado haid! Hado i philinn! (Translation: 'Hold [your] positions! Fire the arrows!')
(The Elves/Men have their shields drawn, and as the Orcs charge towards them, they draw their swords and fight them. They
slaughter many Orcs)
Victory was near. But the power of the ring could not be undone.
(Sauron appears, and with him, a hazy cloud. We see a close up shot of his hand, which is wearing the golden ring. The
fiery letters are very clear. Sauron swings his mace, and the men and elves against him are flung outwards, yelling in pain.
The king charges forward, trying to kill Sauron. Sauron slashes at him, flinging him to the ground. His sword falls. Isildur,
his son, runs to his side, and takes off his helmet)
It was in this moment, when all hope had faded, that Isildur, son of the king, took up his father's sword.
As he grabs at the sword, Sauron steps on it, breaking it. But Isildur still has a hold on its hilt, and slashes at Sauron's
hand, cutting off the finger, which wears the ring. The finger, still with the ring on it, falls to the ground, as Sauron
falls backwards. Isildur sits up and leans over the ring, as Sauron is destroyed in a light that seems to come from his body.
A bright light comes from him, and a cloud spreads over the battlefield, killing all the Orcs and Sauron's allies. Sauron's
mask/helmet falls to the ground, smoke coming out of it.)
Sauron, the enemy of the Free peoples of Middle-earth, was defeated.
(Isildur, amazed, picks up Sauron's finger,
with the ring on it)
The ring passed to Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever.
(We see the ring in Isildur's hand,
and as he holds it, the finger of Sauron turns to powder)
But the hearts of men are easily corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of its own.
(We see Isildur on a horse,
and the ring on a chain around his neck. He is attacked by Orcs. One jumps onto his back, and the others shoot him with their
arrows. He is seen in the Great River, dead, with three arrows in his back.)
It betrayed Isildur to his death.
(The ring is seen floating down to the bottom of the river)
And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend; legend became myth. And for two and
a half thousand years the ring passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, it ensnared a new bearer.
(Screen fades to black, we see the same spot of the river, then we see the ring, half buried, still on the river floor.
A hand is seen closing over it)
(We see Gollum holding the ring in his hand, then a shot of the Misty Mountains)
The ring came to the creature Gollum who took it deep into the tunnels of the Misty Mountains. And there it consumed him.
(We see Gollum, deep in a cave, squatting on a rock, looking at the ring in his hand)
It came to me. My own. My love. My own. My Preciousss... Gollum...
The ring brought to Gollum unnatural long life. For 500 years it poisoned his mind. And in the gloom of Gollum's cave it
(Screen blacks out, then we see an indistinct shape, which comes into focus: a full moon. The image sharpens
more, and we see it behind the cover of a tree.)
Darkness crept back in the forest of the world. Rumour grew of a shadow in the East, whispers of a nameless fear.
see a ripple in the Great Lake, the screen merges into a shot of a red sunset.)
And the ring of power perceived it's time had now come.
(We hear the sound of metal on rock, echoing through Gollum's
cave, and see his ring falling.)
It abandoned Gollum. But something happened then, the ring did not intend. It was picked up by the most unlikely creature
(A hand is seen on the ring)
A hobbit. Bilbo Baggins of the Shire.
(We see a full view of a hobbit, who fingers it, then smiles)
(Offstage, in the distance
) Lost! My Precious is lost!!!
(We see the outside of the Misty Mountains, now moving away from them.)
For the time would soon come when
hobbits would shape the fortunes of all.
(The screen blacks out).
Screen fades in,and we a scene in the woods, where a Frodo is sitting under a tree, reading a book. The words "The Fellowship
of the Ring" appear, then 'The Shire... 60 years later.'
We hear a voice singing, and Frodo looks up.
(singing) Down from the door where it began... Frodo stands up, taking a pipe out of his mouth as he
does so. He smiles, and runs off. We see the back of a cart, and of Gandalf, who is singing
The Road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began,
Now far ahead
the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can.
A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to. (They
try to keep a straight face, but fail. They both laugh. Frodo jumps onto his wagon).
It's wonderful to see you, Gandalf!
You didn't think I'd miss your uncle Bilbo's birthday? (laughs)
What news of the outside world? Tell me everything.
Everything? You're far to eager and curious for a hobbit. Most unnatural... Well, what can I tell you? Life
in the wide world goes on, much as it has this past Age. Full of its own comes and goings. Scarcely aware of the existence
of Hobbits. For which I am very thankful.
) Look! It's Gandalf!
Ooh - The long expected party.
Hobbits can be seen putting up a banner saying 'Happy Birthday Bilbo
So how is the old rascal? I hear it's going to be a party of special magnificence.
You know Bilbo. He's got the whole place in an uproar.
Now, well, that should please him.
Half the Shire's been invited!
Good gracious me!
He's up to something
All right then, keep your secrets. Before you came along, we Bagginses were very well thought of.
Never had any adventures or did anything unexpected.
If you're referring to the incident with dragon, I was barely involved. All I did was give your uncle a little
nudge out of the door.
Whatever you did, you've been officially labelled a disturber of the peace.
) Oh, really?
(A hobbit sees Gandalf, and looks rather displeased) (Hobbit children are seen running through the fields. Soon, they
come to the road that the cart is on, and stand on one fork of it.)
Gandalf! Gandalf's here!! GanDALF! Fireworks, Gandalf... Gandalf! Fireworks, Gandalf... (Gandalf
takes the other fork).
Gandalf lets some fireworks out of the back of the wagon.
Hobbit children cheer Gandalf laughs. Hobbit man laughs,
but stops when he sees the look on his wife's face)
Frodo: (Gets off the wagon
) Gandalf - I'm glad you're back.
So am I, dear boy. (mutters to himself:) So am I.
(Frodo runs off into the fields, Gandalf continues on to Bag End. Gandalf opens a gate, which reads 'No admittance except
on party business.' Gandalf knocks on the door)
No, thank you! We don't want any more visitors, well-wishers, or distant relations!
And what about very old friends?
Bilbo Baggins. (Holds his hands out to him)
My dear Gandalf! (He walks towards Gandalf, who kneels down and embraces him)
Good to see you. One hundred and eleven years old. Who would believe it? (Looks at Bilbo
) You haven't
aged a day. (they both laugh)
Come on, come in! Welcome, welcome. (Shuts the door
(Mutters) Oh, here we are.
(He takes Gandalf's stick and hat).
Tea? Or maybe something a little stronger. I've got a few of bottles of the old Winyard left. 1296. Very good year. Almost
as old as I am. Ha ha ha ha ha It was laid down by my father. What's say we open one, eh?
Just tea, thank you. (Gandalf hits his head on one of the lights. Then, as he's putting it straight,
he hits his head on the ceiling)
Bilbo: (mutters in the background:)
I was expecting you sometime last week. Not that it matters. You come
and go as you please. Always have done and always will. You caught me a bit unprepared, I'm afraid. We've only got some cold
chicken and a bit of pickle... There's some cheese. Oh no, that won't do. We've got raspberry jam, an apple tart... But not
much for afters. Oh, no, we're all right. I've just found some sponge cake.
(Gandalf looks at some maps on the table)
I can make you some eggs if you li-- Ganda- Gandalf?
Just tea, thank you.
Oh, right. (Stuffs some cake in his mouth, and mumbles:)
You don't mind if I eat, do you?
No, not at all.
Female Voice: (bangs on door)
Bilbo! Bilbo Baggins. (bangs on door more loudly)
I'm not at home! I've got to get away from these confounded relatives, hanging on the bell all day, never giving
me a moment's peace. I want to see mountains again, mountains, Gandalf. And then find somewhere quiet where I can finish my
book... Oh - tea!
So you mean to go through with your plan, then?
Yes, yes, it's all in hand. All the arrangements are made. (Bilbo gets the tea, and Gandalf takes the lid
off for him).
Oh, thank you.
Frodo suspects something.
'Course he does. He's a Baggins! Not some blockheaded Bracegirdle from Hardbottle.
You will tell him, won't you.
He's very fond of you.
I know. He'd probably come with me if I asked him. I think in his heart, Frodo's still in love with the Shire.
The woods, the fields. Little rivers. I'm old, Gandalf. I know I don't look it, but I'm beginning to feel it in my heart.
I feel thin. Sort of stretched, like butter, scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday. A very long holiday. And I don't
expect I shall return. In fact, I mean not to.
(The night of the party. Bilbo and Gandalf are sitting on the top of a hill together)
Old Toby. The finest weed in the Southfarthing.
(Bilbo blows a smoke ring, and Gandalf blows a ship that goes through it)
Gandalf, my old friend. This will be a night to remember.
Bilbo: (Is talking to some guests)
- (fireworks go off, everyone cheers. Hobbits are dancing).
Hello, hello. Fatty Bolger. Lovely to see you. Welcome, welcome!
Go on, Sam, ask Rosie for a dance
I think I'll just have another ale
Oh, no you don't! Go on! (Sam stands up for another ale, but Frodo pushes him towards Rosie. They dance).
(Bilbo is telling a group of young hobbit children a story)
So there I was, at the mercy of three monstrous trolls. And they were all arguing amongst themselves about
how they were going to cook us. Whether it be turned on a spit, or whether they should sit on us one by one, squash us, to
Hobbit girl: (gasps)
And they spent so much time arguing, the whitertos and the whyfors that the sun's first light crept over the
top of the trees -poof-
Hobbit kids: (gasp)
: And turned them all to stone!
(Gandalf takes out some fireworks from a wagon in a tent. As he leaves, Merry and Pippin come out from behind the tent.)
Quickly! (Merry gives Pippin a leg up onto the wagon)
(Gandalf is letting off some butterfly fireworks for the young hobbit children)
Oh! Up they go!
(Pippin takes out a cracker)
No, no, the big one, big one (Pippin takes out a dragon shaped one. They light it)
Done (pushes the top end towards Merry)
You're supposed to stick it in the ground. (pushes it back to Pippin)
It is in the ground (Pushes it back to Merry, who pushes it back to Pippin)
Outside... (They continue pushing the lit firework back and forth)
This was your idea! (Cracker goes off, and Merry and Pippin are both thrown to the ground. The cracker
lets out fireworks, then turns into a fiery dragon. The hobbits scream and run away from it.)
Bilbo, watch out for the dragon
Dragon? Nonsense, there hasn't been a dragon in these parts for a thousand years! (The 'dragon' goes off
in to the distance, and fills the sky with fireworks).
Oh! (They cheer)
That was good!
Let's get another one
Gandalf: (grabs them by the ears
.) Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took. I might've known.
(Merry and Pippin are seen washing up the dishes.)
The hobbit crowd:
Speech, Bilbo! Speech! (They cheer and clap)
(Bilbo walks up to the front of the crowd)
My dear Bagginses and Boffins! (Cheers from the crowd)
Tooks and Brandybucks! (More cheers)
Chubbs! (yet more cheers)
Today is my one hundred and eleventh birthday! (Cheers from the crowd).
Hobbit in the crowd:
Alas. Eleventy one years is far too short a time to live amongst such excellent, and admirable hobbits. I don't
like half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. I er ... I have
things to do. (Puts his hand into his pocket, and takes out a gold ring) (whispers)
I've put this off for far too
long. I regret to announce this is the end. I'm going now. I bid you all a very fond farewell. (whispers) Goodbye
(He vanishes, and the crowd gasps. He makes his way back to Bag End, still invisible, and takes off his ring once he has
closed the door behind him. He appears, laughing. He flips the ring into the air, then catches it, putting it back into his
coat pocket. Humming, he picks up his stick, and enters the living room, where the fireplace is already lit.)
I suppose you think that was terribly clever.
Bilbo: (Gasps, looking around him, and seeing Gandalf)
Come on Gandalf, did you see their faces!
There are many magic rings in this world, Bilbo Baggins, and none of them should be used lightly!
It was just a bit of fun... Oh, you're probably right, as usual... You will keep an eye on Frodo, won't you?
Two eyes, as often as I can spare them.
I'm leaving everything to him.
What about this ring of yours, is that staying too?
Yes, yes. It's in an envelope over there, on the mantelpiece... No, wait it's - here in my pocket. (Takes
ring out and fingers it)
Why - isn't that - isn't that odd, now. Yet after all that, why not. (whispers)
shouldn't I keep it?
I think you should leave the ring behind, Bilbo. Is that so hard?
Well no… And yes. Now it comes to it, I don't feel like parting with it. It's mine! I found it! It came
There's no need to get angry.
Well if I'm angry, it's your fault! ... It's mine. My own. My precious. (eyes bulge)
Precious? It's been called that before, but not by you.
Oh, what business is it of yours what I do with my own things?!
I think you've had that ring quite long enough.
You want if for yourself!!
Gandalf: (Rises up, and becomes very angry)
BILBO BAGGINS! DO NOT TAKE ME FOR SOME CONJUROR OF CHEAP
TRICKS! I AM NOT TRYING TO ROB YOU!! (Becomes normal again).
I'm trying to help you. (kneels down
beside Bilbo, and places his hand on his shoulder).
All your long years, we've been friends. Trust me, as you once
did, hmm? Let it go.
You're right, Gandalf. The ring must go to Frodo. (Prepares to leave)
It's late, the road is long...
Yes, it is time... (Walks out the door)
Bilbo. The ring is still in your pocket.
Oh - yes. (Puts it on the palm of his hand, and turns his hand over, letting it drop. It does not bounce.
Bilbo turns and walks out his door, and Gandalf follows him.)
I've thought up an ending for my book. (He turns around to look at Gandalf) "
he lived happily ever after, to the end of his days"
And I'm sure you will, my dear friend.
Goodbye, dear Bilbo
(They shake hands)
Bilbo: (Bilbo leaves)
The road goes ever on and on, etc.
Gandalf: (Softly, to himself:)
Until our next meeting (Walks back into the house. He leans over the ring,
and reaches out the touch it, but sees a red eye. He leaves it on the floor. The scene cuts out, and we see him sitting by
the fire, smoking).
Voice of Bilbo:
It's mine. My own. My precious
Riddles in the dark...
Frodo: (In the distance
). Bilbo! (Opens door
). Bilbo! (Leans over, and picks up the ring).
My precious... Precious...
He's gone, hasn't he?
(Lets out a puff of smoke)
He talked so long about leaving. I didn't think he'd really do it... Gandalf?
Gandalf: (Turns around to face Frodo
Frodo: (Shows Gandalf the ring in the palm of his hand)
) Bilbo's ring. He's gone to stay with the Elves. He's left you Bag End. (He holds out
an envelope to Frodo, who puts the ring into it. Gandalf seals the envelope with a red stamp)
. Along with all his possessions.
The ring is yours now. (Gandalf holds out the envelope to Frodo, who takes it).
) Put it somewhere
out of sight.
(Gandalf prepares to leave).
Where are you going?
There are some things that I must see to.
Questions. Questions that need answering
You've only just arrived. I don't understand.
Gandalf: (stops and turns around)
Neither do I. (Leans over to face Frodo).
Keep it secret. (Places
his hand on Frodo's shoulder).
Keep it safe. (He leaves, and shuts the door)
Frodo: (Looks at the envelope in his hand).
(Shot of Mt Doom, then Minas Morgul)
Voice: Shire! Shire! Baggins!
(The Gates of Minas Morgul open, and the riders in black are seen riding out from them. Then the scene switches to Gandalf,
who is riding up a slope and looking out onto Mount Doom. He then rides off to Minas Tirith, and enters a building full of
The year 3434, of the Second Age. Here follows the account of Isildur, High King of Gondor,
and the finding of the Ring of Power. (Images are seen of Isildur taking the ring from the hand of Sauron).
come to me, the One Ring, which shall be an heirloom of my kingdom. All those who follow in my bloodline shall be bound to
its fate, for I will risk no hurt to the Ring. It is precious to me, though I buy it with a great pain... The markings upon
the band begin to fade. The writing which at first was as clear as red flame, has all but disappeared, a secret now that only
fire can tell.
- (Scene switches to a house in the Shire. It is dark, and a man and his dog are standing outside the door, when a rider
in black approaches. The dog starts barking, but backs into the house.)
There's no Bagginses around here. They're all up in Hobbiton. That way...
- (Scene switches to Hobbiton, where Frodo is at the Green Dragon Inn. Sam and Frodo leave, and pass by Rosie Cotton, a
Hobbit Lass who is drying a cup.)
(Frodo and Sam leave, and walk back to Bag End.)
Good night, Sam
(Frodo enters Bag End, while Sam continues on his way home. Upon entering Bag End, Frod finds the windows open, and his
papers flying about the house. Suddenly, he feels a hand on his shoulder. He turns around, and sees Gandalf.
Is it secret? Is it safe?
Frodo: (Searches in a box, where he finds the envelope he put the ring into)
Gandalf: (Grabs it from him, and throws it into the fire.)
What are you doing?
Gandalf: (Takes it out from the fire with tongs, and holds it out to Frodo).
Hold out your hand, Frodo. It's
Frodo: (Holds out his hand, as though expecting it to be hot. Gandalf drops the ring onto his palm.)
What can you see? Can you see anything?
Frodo: (Examines the ring).
Nothing. There's nothing. (Gandalf sighs in relief).
There are markings. It's some form of Elvish. I can't read it.
There are few who can. The language is that of Mordor, which I will not utter here.
In the common tongue, it says "One Ring to Rule them all, One Ring to find them. One Ring to bring them all,
and in the darkness bind them."
(Gandalf sits at the table, smoking, while Frodo makes tea)
This is the One Ring, forged by the Dark Lord, Sauron in the fires of Mount Doom, taken by Isildur from the
hand of Sauron himself.
: Bilbo found it. In Gollum's cave.
: Yes. For 60 years the Ring lay quiet, in Bilbo's keeping, prolonging his life, delaying old age. But no,
no longer, Frodo. Evil is stirring in Mordor. The Ring has awoken. It's heard its master's call.
: But he was destroyed. Sauron was destroyed.
(Sounds come from the Ring, and Gandalf and Frodo look at it, as though afraid of it.)
) No, Frodo. The spirit of Sauron endured. His life force is bound to the Ring, and the
Ring survived. Sauron has returned. His orcs have multiplied, his fortress of Barad-dur is rebuilt in the land of Mordor.
Sauron needs only this Ring to cover all the lands in a second darkness. He is seeking it. Seeking it, all his thought is
bent on it. The ring yearns above all else to return to the hand of its master. (whispers
) They are one. The ring,
and the Dark Lord. Frodo. He must never find it.
: (Takes the envelope containing the ring, and walks into the next room, as though seeking for a place to
All right. We put it away. We keep it hidden. We never speak of it again. No one knows it's here, do they?
Do they, Gandalf? (Turns around to face Gandalf)
: There is one other that knew that Bilbo had the Ring. I looked everywhere for the creature Gollum. But the
enemy found him first. (We see shots of Gollum being tortured.) I don't know how long they
tortured him for. But amidst the endless screams and inane babble, they discerned two words.
Gollum: SHIRE! BAGGINS!
Frodo: Shire! Baggins?! But that would lead them here!
Hobbit: Who goes there?
(One of the riders swings a sword at his head.)
Frodo: Take it Gandalf! Take it! (Frodo holds out the ring to Gandalf).
Gandalf: No Frodo
Frodo: You must take it!
Gandalf: You cannot offer me this Ring.
Frodo: I'm giving it to you!
Gandalf: DON'T ... tempt me, Frodo! (Frodo lowers his hand). I dare not take it. (whispers) Not
even to keep it safe. Understand, Frodo, I would use this Ring from a desire to do good. But through me, it would wield a
power too great and terrible to imagine.
Frodo: But it cannot stay in the Shire!
Gandalf: No - no it can't.
Frodo: (Closes his hand over the Ring) What must I do?
(We hear a cupboard door creaking, and we see Frodo packing to leave.)
Gandalf: You must leave. And leave quickly.
Frodo: Where? Where do I go?
Gandalf: Get out of the Shire. Make for the village of Bree.
Frodo: Bree... What about you?
Gandalf: I'll be waiting for you, at the inn of the Prancing Pony.
Frodo: And the Ring will be safe there?
Gandalf: I don't know, Frodo. I don't have any answers. I must see the head of my order. He is both wise, and powerful.
Trust me, Frodo. He'll know what to do. You'll have to leave the name of Baggins behind you, for that name is not safe outside
the Shire. Travel only by day, and stay off the road.
Frodo: I can cut across country easily enough.
- (Scene switches, and the riders in black are seen. A hobbit holds out a lantern.)
My dear Frodo. Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all that there is to know about their
ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years, they can still surprise you. (A clicking noise
is heard. The camera view moves to the window)
Get down. (He takes his staff, slowly
moving towards the window, then points his staff out of the window, and hits something. Then he sticks his hands out of the
window and grabs something. It turns out to be a hobbit. He drops him onto the table.)
Confound it all, Samwise
Gamgee! Have you been eavesdropping?
I haven't been dropping no eaves, sir. Honest. I was just cutting the grass under the window there, if you follow
: A little late for trimming the verge, don't you think?
: I heard raised voices...
What did you hear? SPEAK!
N-n-n-nothing important. That is I heard a good deal about a Ring, Dark Lord, and something about the end of
the world, but, please Mr Gandalf, sir, please don't 'urt me. Don't turn me into anything - unnatural...
: No... Perhaps not... (whispers
) I've thought of a better use for you
- (The next day, at dawn, Gandalf is seen leading his horse into the woods, with Frodo and Sam following him.
Come along, Samwise, keep up. Be careful, both of you. The enemy has many spies in his service: Birds, beasts...
:) Is it safe?
: Puts his hand over his coat pocket.
Never put it on. For the agent of the Dark Lord will be drawn to its power. Always remember, Frodo. The Ring
is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found. (Gandalf rides off into the woods, birds are heard screeching).
(Sam and Frodo set off. We see several shots of them travelling across the countryside. After some time, they come to
a field, with knee-high crops. Sam stops.)
This is it.
This is what?
If I take one more step, it'll be the farthest away from home I've ever been.
Frodo: (Walks back towards Sam)
Come on, Sam. (Sam takes
step) (Puts his hand onto Sam's shoulder)
Remember what Bilbo used to say? (They continue
"It's a dangerous business... (Voice changes to Bilbo's)
Bilbo: Frodo, going out your door. You step out onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing
where you might be swept off to."
(Scene switches to Gandalf. He rides off to Isengard, to find Saruman, the head of his order. We see shots of him on the
way to Isengard.)
Saruman: Smoke rises from the mountain of Doom, and the hour grows late, and Gandalf the Grey rides to Isengard, seeking
my counsel. For that is why you have come, is it not? My old friend...
Gandalf: Saruman. (bows head)
Saruman: You are sure of this?
Gandalf: Beyond any doubt.
Saruman: So the Ring of Power has been found.
Gandalf: All these long years, it was in the Shire, under my very nose.
Saruman: Yet you did not have the wits to see it. Your love of the Halflings' leaf has clearly slowed your mind.
Gandalf: But we still have time. Time enough to counter Sauron if we act quickly.
Saruman: Time? What time do you think we have?
- (Gandalf and Saruman are talking as they walk in the garden.)
Saruman: Sauron has regained much of his former strength. He cannot yet take physical form, but his spirit has lost
none of its potency. Concealed within his fortress, the Lord of Mordor sees all. His gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth and
flesh. You know of what I speak, Gandalf. A Great Eye, lidless, wreathed in flame.
Gandalf: (Whispers) The Eye of Sauron.
Saruman: He is gathering all evil to him. Very soon he will summon an army great enough to launch an assault upon
Gandalf: You know all this? How?
Saruman: I have seen it.
- The scene moves to Saruman's room.
Gandalf: A palantir is a dangerous tool, Saruman. (walking towards the palantir).
Saruman: Why? Why should we fear to use it? (Takes cover off palantir)
Gandalf: They are not all accounted for, the lost Seeing-stones. We do not know who else may be watching. (Puts
the cover back onto the palantir)
Saruman: The hour is later than you think. Sauron's forces are already moving. The nine have left Minas Morgul.
Gandalf: (whispers)The Nine?
Saruman: They crossed the River Isen on Midsummer's Eve, disguised as riders in black.
Gandalf: They've reached the Shire?
Saruman: They will find the ring, and kill the one who carries it.
Gandalf: (whispers)Frodo! (Makes for a door, but as he approaches it, it is closed. He makes for the
other 3 doors, but each close as he heads for them).
Saruman: You do not seriously think that a Hobbit could contend with the will of Sauron? There are none who can. Against
the power of Mordor, there can be no victory. We must join with him, Gandalf. We must join with Sauron. It would be wise,
Gandalf: Tell me, friend. When did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for madness?
(Saruman pins Gandalf against the wall about the door, then lets him drop. They use their staffs to fight, but Saruman
manages to take Gandalf's staff from him.)
Saruman: (Pointing both staffs at Gandalf.) I gave you the chance of aiding me willingly, but you have elected
a way of pain!
(He uses his staff to throw him to the top of the tower of Isengard.)
- (Gandalf and Saruman are walking into the hall.)
Sam: Mr Frodo? Frodo! FRODO! (Frodo comes into sight, and Sam sighs in relief.) I thought I'd lost you.
Frodo: What are you talking about?
Sam: It's just something Gandalf said.
Frodo: What did he say?
Sam: "Don't you lose him, Samwise Gamgee." And I don't mean to.
Frodo: Sam, we're still in the Shire. What could possibly happen?
(Just then, Merry and Pippin come out from the bushes, and fall onto Frodo and Sam.)
Pippin: Frodo! Merry - It's Frodo Baggins!
Merry: Hello, Frodo.
Sam: (Heaves Pippin off Frodo). Get off him! Come on, Frodo.
Frodo: What's the meaning of this?
Merry: (To Sam) Hold these.
Sam: You've been into Farmer Maggot's crop!
Farmer Maggot: (Barking noises are heard) Oi! You get back here! Get out of my fields! You know what's gonna
happen when I catch up with you?
Sam: (Stands holding the cabbages and carrots) Ooh. Drops them on the ground and follows the others into
the cover of Farmer Maggot's crop.
Merry: I don't know why he's so upset. It's only a couple of carrots
Pippin: And some cabbages. And then those three bags of potatoes we lifted last week, and, and, the mushrooms, the
Merry: Yes, Pippin, my point is, he's clearly overreacting! Run!
(They run, but come to the edge of a steep slope. Pippin, Merry, and Frodo try to keep their balance, and almost manage,
but then Sam hits into the back of Frodo, causing them all to fall down the slope.)
Pippin: (Falls near a pile of animal manure.) Oh. That was close.
Merry: Ahhh. Ohhh. I think I've broken something. (Pulls out a broken carrot from underneath him)
Sam: Trust a Brandybuck and a Took.
Merry: What? It was just a detour. A shortcut.
Sam: A shortcut to what?
Pippin: (Spots something on the ground) Mushrooms!!
(Sam, Pippin, and Merry and whispering, as they put some mushrooms into a bag.)
Merry: Take that one...
Pippin: That's mine... Mmmm... That's nice, Merry. Here's a nice one, Sam.
Frodo: I think we should get off the road.
(the sound of a horse neighing is heard, and the leaves rustle on the ground.)
Frodo: Get off the road! QUICK!
(The hobbits hurry off the road, and find a hiding place under the roots of a tree. Merry and Pippin fight over the bag
Sam: (Whispers) Be quiet!
(A rider in black comes dismounts, and comes towards their hiding place. Frodo closes his eyes, and takes out the Ring,
and as he does so, the rider turns his face towards him. Frodo holds the Ring near to his finger, preparing to put it on,
but Sam notices, and taps him on the shoulder. Frodo opens his eyes, and puts the Ring away, and as he does, the Rider looks
away. Merry throws the bag of mushrooms off into the distance, and the rider moves towards it. The Hobbits leave their hiding
place and run.)
Merry: What was that?
(Frodo does not answer, but takes out the Ring, holding it in the palm of his hand.)
(The Hobbits are shown running through the woods in the dark. At least one rider is nearby.)
Pippin: What is going on?
Merry: That Black Rider was looking for something. Or someone... Frodo?
Frodo: (Turns around to face Merry)
Pippin: (Urgently) Get down!
(The Hobbits get down, and a Rider is seen nearby.)
Frodo: I have to leave the Shire. Sam and I must get to Bree.
Merry: Right... Bucklebury Ferry. Follow me.
(They follow Merry, but a black rider sees and chases them.)
Merry: Run! Frodo, this way! Follow me! Frodo! Hurry! Run! Frodo!
(They run, and come to the river. Sam, Merry and Pippin are there, but a black rider is still chasing Frodo.)
Merry: Get the rope, Sam!
The Hobbits: Run, Frodo! Go! Hurry! Come on! Faster! Jump!
(The others have untied the boat, and it is drifting off. Frodo runs, and manages to jump onto the boat. The rider stops
at the river bank, and turns around.)
Frodo: How far to the nearest crossing?
Merry: The Brandywine bridge. Twenty miles.
(The rider is seen riding off, and is joined by at two other Riders in black.)
- The scene shifts back to Frodo and Sam. We see Sam, who is now walking along a path. On either side of him are crops considerably
taller than himself. He looks around him, and cannot see Frodo.
Frodo: Come on.
(They knock on the gate. The gatekeeper opens a shutter, but it is too high up to see the hobbits, and opens a lower one.)
Gatekeeper: What do you want?
Frodo: We're heading for the Prancing Pony.
Gatekeeper: (Opens gate). Hobbits. Four hobbits! What business brings you to Bree?
Frodo: We wish to stay at the inn. Our business is our own.
Gatekeeper: Alright, young sir, I meant no offence. It's my job to ask questions after nightfall. There's talk of
strange folk abroad. Can't be too careful.
(The gatekeeper lets them in. Bree is full of men, or 'big folk', as the hobbits call them, and it is a rough area. One
of the hobbits bump into one of the men.)
Man: Out of the way! Watch where you're walking.
- (The Hobbits are seen approaching the gate into Bree.)
(Eventually, they find the inn of the 'Prancing Pony', and enter it.)
(Walks up to the counter) Excuse me.
Innkeeper: Good evening, little masters. If you're seeking accommodation, we've got some nice cozy, Hobbit-sized rooms
available... Mr.. er...
Frodo: Underhill. My name's Underhill.
Innkeeper: Underhill, yes...
Frodo: We're friends of Gandalf the Grey. Can you tell him we've arrived?
Innkeeper: Gandalf? Gandalf... Oh.... yes! I remember. Elderly chap. Big grey beard, and pointy hat.
Frodo: (Smiles and nods)
Innkeeper: Not seen him for 6 months.
Frodo: (turns around to face Sam, Merry, and Pippin)
Sam: What do we do now?
(The scene skips to the hobbits sitting at a table)
Frodo: Sam - he'll be here. He'll come.
Merry: (Makes his way to the table, with a large mug of drink, but bumps into a man.)
Man: Get out of my way!
Pippin: What's that?
Merry: This, my friend, is a pint.
Pippin: It comes in pints? I'm getting one. (walks off)
Sam: You've got a whole half already!!
(To Frodo). That fellow's done nothing but stare at you since we arrived.
Frodo: (To innkeeper, as he walks past)Excuse me. That man in the corner. Who is he?
Innkeeper: (Looks at the man) He's one of them Rangers. Dangerous folk, they are, wandering in the Wilds.
What his right name is, I've never heard, but around here, he's known as Strider. (He walks off)
Frodo: Strider... (Frodo fingers his ring.)
Voice of the Ring: Baggins. Baggins. Baggins... Baggins...
Pippin: Baggins? Sure I know a Baggins. He's over there (Pippin is talking to some men, and points to Frodo).
Frodo Baggins. He's my second cousin once removed on his mother's side and my third cousin, twice removed... (The voices
of the other people in the room drown out his voice)
Frodo: (Anxiously makes his way towards Pippin to stop him) Pippin! (He grabs him, causing him to spill
some of his drink)
Pippin: Steady on Frodo!
Frodo: (Trips on the foot of one of the men, falling backwards. As he hits the ground, his ring flies upwards, and
it falls back down onto his finger, causing him to disappear).
(The black riders are seen coming closer to the inn: they are drawn to its power. Frodo sees the world in darkness when
he puts on the ring. There are many shadows, and he hears a voice.)
Voice: You cannot hide. I see you. There is no life in the void. Only death.
Frodo: (He sees a great red eye, and pulls the ring off his finger. Just as he is recovering, he finds a hand
on his shoulder. The man, Strider pulls him up the stairs into his room).
Strider: You draw far too much attention to yourself, Mr Underhill.
Frodo: What do you want?
Strider: A little more caution from you, that is no trinket you carry.
Frodo: I carry nothing.
Strider: Indeed. I can avoid being seen if I wish. But to disappear entirely. That is a rare gift. (he pinches
the candles in the room to put them out, and takes off his hood)
Frodo: Who are you?
Strider: Are you frightened?
Strider: Not nearly frightened enough. I know what hunts you.
(The door is opened, and Strider draws his sword. Merry, Pippin, and Sam are seen standing in the doorway. Sam has his
fists held forward.)
Sam: Let him go, or I'll have you, Longshanks!
Strider: You have a stout heart little Hobbit (Puts his sword away) But that will not save you. You can no
longer wait for the wizard, Frodo. They're coming.
Frodo: What are they?
Aragorn: They were once Men. Great kings of Men. Then Sauron the Deceiver gave to them 9 rings of power. Blinded by
their greed, they took them without question. One by one, falling to darkness. Now they are slaves to his will. They are the
Nazgul. Ringwraiths. Neither living nor dead. At all times they feel the presence of the Ring. Drawn to the Power of the One.
They will never stop hunting you.
- (The scene switches to the Black riders. The gatekeeper hears them coming to the gate, and walks towards it. The Black
riders knock down the gate, and enter Bree.)
- (The scene switches back to the hobbits, who are sleeping. Then we see the Black riders approach, and enter the hobbit
rooms. There is a rider standing over each bed, and in unison, they thrust their swords into them. They do this several times,
but when they take the blankets off, they find that there was no one sleeping in the beds. They turn over the beds, and ride
- (The scene switches back to Strider, who is sitting by the window with the hobbits, who have awoken.)
Frodo: Where are you taking us?
Strider: Into the Wild.
Merry: How do we know this Strider is a friend of Gandalf?
Frodo: We have no choice but to trust him.
Sam: But where is he leading us?
Strider: To Rivendell, Master Gamgee, to the House of Elrond.
Sam: Did you hear that? Rivendell. We're going to see the Elves.
(They walk on for some time. At one point, Strider hears the Hobbits whispering behind him, and realises that they have
Strider: (turns around) Gentlemen. We do not stop 'till nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Strider: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
Strider turns around, and continues on.
Merry: Don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Merry: I wouldn't count on it.
Strider throws an apple back, and Merry catches it. He hands it to Pippin, pats him on the back. Then Strider throws another
apple, which hits Pippin on the head. Pippin looks up, and around him, bewildered.
- (The next day, Strider is seen leading a pony into the countryside, with the Hobbits following him.)
Saruman: The power of Isengard is at your command, Sauron, Lord of the Earth.
Voice of Sauron: Build me an army worthy of Mordor.
(The scene switches to a room in Saruman's tower.)
Orc 1: What orders from Mordor, my lord?
Orc 2: What does the Eye command?
Saruman: We have work to do.
(The orcs outside Isengard are uprooting all the trees. We see Gandalf on top of the tower of Isengard. Then we see the
orcs working down below, pulling down the trees.)
Orc: The trees are strong, my lord. Their roots go deep.
Saruman: Rip them all down.
(Once again, we see Gandalf at the top of the tower of Isengard. It is raining, and there is no shelter.
- In Isengard: Saruman is using the Palantir.
Strider: This was the great watchtower of Amon Sul. We shall rest here tonight.
(The hobbits settle down in a corner. Strider takes out four short swords, and passes one to each hobbit)
Strider: These are for you. Keep them close. I'm going to have a look around. Stay here.
(Some time later, when it is dark, Frodo wakes up suddenly. Merry, Pippin, and Sam are cooking something around a fire)
Merry: My tomato's burst.
Pippin: Could I have some bacon?
Merry: Ok. Want a tomatoes, Sam?
Frodo: (Gets up, and walks over to his friends) (In an urgent voice) What are you doing?!
Merry: Tomatoes, sausages, nice crispy bacon.
Sam: We saved some for you, Mr Frodo.
Frodo: (Stamps onto the fire, putting it out with his bare feet). Put it out, you fools! Put it out!
Pippin: Oh, that's nice! Ash on my tomatoes...
(The cry of the Nazgul is heard. The hobbits draw their swords, and see the Nazgul encircling Amon Sul)
Frodo: (Gesturing for the others to go up to the top of the watchtower) Go!!!
(The Nazgul follow the hobbits to the top, and face them.)
Sam: Back you devils!!!
(The Riders draw their swords, and swipe Merry, Pippin, and Sam out the way. Frodo falls backwards. The riders stand over
him with their swords, and Frodo puts on the ring. He sees the faces of the riders in bright light. The Witch-King steps forward,
and speaks to Frodo in the Black Language. Horrified, Frodo pulls his hand (with the Ring on it), away from the Witch-King,
who then stabs Frodo in the shoulder. )
(Aragorn appears behind the Witch-King, with a torch in one hand, and a sword in the other. He takes on the Nazgul Frodo
takes the ring off).
Sam: Frodo! (He runs over to Frodo).
Frodo: Oh, Sam.
(Aragorn manages to set the Nazgul alight, and they flee from the watchtower. We see Sam, Merry, and Pippin crowded around
Sam: Strider! Help him Strider!
Aragorn: He has been stabbed by a Morgul blade. This is beyond my skill to heal. He needs Elvish medicine. (He
picks Frodo up over his shoulder, and they head off into the night.) Hurry!
Sam: We're 6 days from Rivendell! He'll never make it!
Aragorn: Hold on, Frodo
(We see shots of the caverns of Isengard. A moth flies up to the tower of Isengard, where Gandalf is imprisoned. Gandalf
catches the moth in his hand, and begins to speak to it in Elvish.)
Gandalf: (something in elvish to moth) … Fetch Gwaihir, fetch Gwaihir... Go...
(We see Orcs cutting down trees near Isengard, then more footage in the caverns of Isengard. Saruman watches, as a
Uruk-Hai comes out from mud.)
- (The scene goes back to Strider and the hobbits.)
Sam: Mr Frodo? He's going cold!
Pippin: Is he going to die?
Aragorn: He's passing into the Shadow World. He'll soon become a Wraith like them.
Merry: (Hears the Riders) They're close!
Aragorn: Sam, do you know the Athelas plant?
Sam: Kingsfoil, aye, it's a weed.
Aragorn: It may help to slow the poisoning. Hurry! (He gives Sam a torch, and then goes off to look for the weed.
He finds some, and takes out a knife to cut it, but finds a blade at his throat.)
- (Aragorn and the Hobbits have stopped walking
: What's this, a Ranger, caught off his guard? Frodo... I'm Arwen. Telin le thaed. Lasto beth nin, tolo dan na
ngalad. (Translation into English
:) I am Arwen. I've have come to help you. Hear my
voice. Come back to the light.
: Who is she?
Sam: She's an elf.