Задругата на пръстена (2001)

GALADRIEL (Voiceover)

I amar prestar aen…

The world is changed.

Han mathon ne nen…

I feel it in the water.

Han mathon ne chae…

I feel it in the earth.

A han noston ned gwilith.

I smell it in the air.

GALADRIEL (V.O.)

Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it. It began with

the forging of the great rings. 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. And nine, nine rings were gifted to the race of Men who

above all else, desire power. For within these rings, was bound the strength and

will to govern each race. But they were all of them deceived, for another ring

was made. 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. And into this

Ring, he poured his cruelty, his malice and his will to dominate all life. „One

Ring to rule them all.“ One by one, free lands in Middle-Earth fell to the power

of the Ring. But there were some who resisted. 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.

(The Last Alliance of Men and Elves fight against Sauron’s forces)

GALADRIEL (V.O.)

Victory was near. But the power of the Ring could not be undone.

SAURON appears, and destroys many men with each swing of his mace.

GALADRIEL (V.O.)

It was in this moment, when all hope had faded, that Isildur, son of the

king, took up his father’s sword.

ISILDUR tries to pick up the sword, but SAURON breaks it. ISILDUR uses the

broken blade to cut off SAURON’s fingers, and the Ring.

GALADRIEL (V.O.)

Sauron, the enemy of the free peoples of Middle-earth, was defeated. The Ring

passed to Isildur, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever, but the

hearts of men are easily corrupted. And the ring of power has a will of its own.

ISILDUR’s companions are attacked by orcs. ISILDUR puts on the Ring and tries

to swim away in the Anduin River, but if slips off and he is killed. The Ring

sinks to the bottom of the river.

GALADRIEL (V.O.)

It betrayed Isildur, to his death. 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.

Deagol finds the Ring in the riverbed.

GOLLUM

My Precious

GALADRIEL (V.O.)

The Ring came to the creature Gollum, who took it deep into the tunnels of

the Misty Mountains, and there it consumed him.

GOLLUM

It came to me, my own, my love, my own, my Prrrrrecious.

GALADRIEL (V.O.)

The Ring brought to Gollum unnatural long life. For five hundred years it

poisoned his mind, and in the gloom of Gollum’s cave it waited. Darkness crept

back into the forests of the world. Rumor grew of a shadow in the east, whispers

of a nameless fear, and the Ring of Power perceived its time had now come. It

abandoned Gollum. But something happened then that the Ring did not intend. It

was picked up by the most unlikely creature imaginable.

BILBO

What’s this?

GALADRIEL (V.O.)

A hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, of the Shire.

BILBO

A Ring!

GOLLUM

Lost! My Precious is lost!

GALADRIEL (V.O.)

For the time will soon come when hobbits will shape the fortunes of all.

BILBO (voicing over a shot of a map)

*clears throat* The 22nd day of September, in the year 1400… by Shire

reckoning. Bag End, Bagshot Row, Hobbiton, Westfarthing, the Shire,

Middle-earth… the third age of this world.

The Camera pans up to reveal Bilbo’s home, Bag End and slowly tracks to

BILBO.

Title: The Fellowship of the Ring

BILBO

There and Back Again: A Hobbit’s Tale. By Bilbo Baggins. Now… where to

begin? Ah, yes. Concerning… Hobbits.

Shots of hobbits going about their daily lives are shown while BILBO narrates

BILBO

Hobbits have been living and farming in the four farthings of the Shire for

many hundreds of years quite content to ignore and be ignored by the world of

the big folk. Middle-earth being, after all, full of strange creatures beyond

count, hobbits must seem of little importance- being neither renowned as great

warriors nor counted among the very wise.

As BILBO chuckles to himself, there’s a knock at the door.

BILBO

Frodo! Someone at the door. (Continuing with his narration over the hobbit

people) In fact, it has been remarked by some that hobbits only real passion is

for food. A rather unfair observation as we have also developed a keen interest

in the brewing of ales, and the smoking of pipe-weed. But where our hearts truly

lie is in peace and quiet and good, tilled earth. For all hobbits share a love

of things that grow. And yes, no doubt to others, our ways seem quaint. But

today of all days, it is brought home to me: it is no bad thing to celebrate a

simple life.

There’s another knock at the door.

BILBO

Ah. Frodo! The door.

More knocking

BILBO

Oh, sticklebacks. Where is that boy? Frodo?!

FRODO reading a book under a tree, hears GANDALF approach singing.

GANDALF

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. 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…

FRODO

You’re late.

GANDALF

A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins, nor is he early. He arrives precisely

when he means to.

They both try to keep a straight face, and fail. FRODO throws himself into

GANDALF’s arms for a hug.

FRODO

It’s wonderful to see you, Gandalf!

GANDALF

You didn’t think I’d miss your Uncle Bilbo’s birthday? So how is the old

rascal? I here there’s to be a party of special magnificence.

FRODO

You know Bilbo. He has the whole place in an uproar.

GANDALF

Hmm, well that should please him, hmmm.

FRODO

Half the Shire’s been invited. And the rest of them are turning up anyway.

Gandalf and Frodo laugh

BILBO (narrating again)

And so life in the Shire goes on very much as it has this past Age- full of

its own comings and goings, with change coming slowly. If it comes at all. For

things are made to endure in the Shire, passing from one generation to the next.

There’s always been a Baggins living here under the Hill in Bag End, and there

always will be.

FRODO

To tell you the truth, Bilbo’s been a bit odd lately. I mean, more than

usual. He’s taken to locking himself in his study. He spends hours pouring over

old maps when he thinks I’m not looking.

BILBO, in Bag End, suddenly realizes he’s missing something and starts

looking, almost having an anxiety attack with each passing moment he can’t find

it.

BILBO

Where’s it gone?

He suddenly finds the Ring in his pocket and relaxes.

FRODO (on the cart with Gandalf)

He’s up to something.

GANDALF looks at the pretty leaves on the trees.

FRODO

All right then, keep your secrets.

GANDALF

What?

FRODO

But I know you have something to do with it.

GANDALF

Good gracious me.

FRODO

Before you came along, we Bagginses were very well thought of.

GANDALF

Indeed?

FRODO

Never had any adventures or did anything unexpected.

GANDALF

If you’re referring to that incident with the dragon, I was barely involved.

All I did was give your uncle a little nudge out of the door.

FRODO

Whatever you did, you have been officially labeled a disturber of the peace.

GANDALF

Oh really?

Odo Proudfoot gives Gandalf a grumpy look. A group of HOBBIT children see

GANDALF and come running.

CHILDREN

Gandalf, Gandalf! Fireworks, Gandalf!

GANDALF pretends he won’t, but he sets off butterfly fireworks the behind

cart. The Hobbit children cheer and Gandalf laughs. Odo Proudfoot chuckles.

Odo’s grumpy old hobbitwife comes out and gives a nagging look to Odo who

quickly restores his grumpy grim look.

FRODO

Gandalf, I’m glad you’re back.

FRODO jumps off the wagon.

GANDALF

So am I, dear boy, so am I.

GANDALF approaches BILBO’s home, Bag End

GANDALF

Woah, woah

He checks his wagon in front and walks through a gate with a sign attached

that says ‘no admittance except on party business’, knocks on the door with his

staff. A disgruntled voice comes from within.

BILBO

No thank you! We don’t want any more visitors, well-wishers or distant

relations!

GANDALF

And what about very old friends?

BILBO

Gandalf?

GANDALF

Bilbo Baggins!

BILBO

My dear Gandalf!

GANDALF

Good to see you. One hundred and eleven years old! Who would believe it? You

haven’t aged a day.

BILBO

Come on, come in! Welcome, welcome! Oh, here we are. Tea? Or maybe something

a little stronger? I’ve got a few bottles of the old Winyard left. 1296, very

good year. Almost as old as I am! Hahaha! It was laid down by my father. What

say we open one, eh?

BILBO puts GANDALF’s hat and staff away.

GANDALF

Just tea, thank you.

GANDALF knocks the chandelier, steadies it, and hits his head on the beam

when he turns around.

BILBO

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 cold chicken and a bit of pickle… here’s some

cheese here — oh no that won’t do. We’ve got raspberry jam, an apple tart, but

not much for afters I’m afraid- oh no, we’re all right! I’ve just found some

sponge cake. I can make you some eggs if you like… oh. Gandalf?

BILBO comes into the room, but GANDALF isn’t there.

GANDALF appears from behind him.

GANDALF

Just tea, thank you

BILBO

Oh, right. You don’t mind if I eat, do you?

BILBO has a mouthful of food already.

GANDALF

Oh, no, not at all.

Lobelia Sackville-Baggins knocks on the door.

LOBELIA

Bilbo! Bilbo Baggins!

BILBO (to Gandalf)

I’m not at home!

Bilbo creeps over to the window.

BILBO

It’s the Sackville-Bagginses.

LOBELIA

I know you’re in there!

BILBO

They’re after the house. They’ve never forgiven me for living this long. 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 someplace quiet where I can finish my book. Oh, tea.

GANDALF

So you mean to go through with your plan, then?

BILBO

Yes, yes, it’s all in hand. The arrangements have been made. Oh, thank you.

GANDALF

Frodo suspects something.

BILBO

Of course he does. He’s a Baggins, not some blockheaded Bracegirdle from

Hardbottle!

GANDALF

You will tell him, won’t you?

BILBO

Yes, yes.

GANDALF

He’s very fond of you.

BILBO

I know. He’d probably come with me if I asked him, but I think in his heart

Frodo is 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.

BILBO and GANDALF sit outside Bag-End, smoking.

BILBO

Old Toby, the finest weed in Southfarthing.

BILBO blows a smoke-ring, GANDALF blows a galleon, which sails through the

ring.

BILBO

Gandalf, my old friend, this will be a night to remember!

Next scene: The birthday party. GANDALF sets off fireworks –

BILBO (to guests)

Hello, hello…Fatty Bolger! Lovely to see you! Welcome, welcome.

FRODO sits down next to SAM.

FRODO

Go on, Sam, ask Rosie for a dance!

SAM is too shy.

SAM

I think I’ll just have another ale.

FRODO

Oh no you don’t! Go on!

FRODO pushes SAM to ROSIE, and they dance off

BILBO is telling a story to the young HOBBIT children.

BILBO

So there I was, at the mercy of three monstrous trolls, and they were 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 and squash us into jelly!

CUTIE-PIE HOBBIT CHILD

(shakes her head emphatically)

BILBO

They spent so much time arguing the whithertos and whyfores that when the

sun’s first light crept over the top of the trees, POOF!

HOBBIT CHILDREN

*Gasp*

BILBO

It turned them all to stone!

GANDALF sets off a butterflies firework, which the

children try to catch. MERRY and PIPPIN steal one of their own. MERRY gives

PIPPIN a boost into Gandalf’s wagon, where he roots around and comes up with

one.

MERRY

No, no! The big one, the big one!

PIPPIN grabs the largest firework he can find, which is bright red and huge.

They hurry into the tent, so they won’t be caught with it.

BILBO

Mrs. Bracegirdle, how nice to see you. Welcome, welcome. Are all these

children yours?

MRS. BRACEGIRDLE

Yea

BILBO

Good gracious, you have been productive.

LOBELIA

Bilbo?

BILBO turns to hide and runs into FRODO

BILBO

Sackville Baginses! Quickly hide!

BILBO and FRODO hide in a tent. LOBELIA and her husband walk by

BILBO

Thank you, my boy. You’re a good lad, Frodo. I’m very selfish, you know. Yes,

I am. Very selfish. I don’t know why I took you in after your mother and father

died, but it wasn’t out of charity. I think it was because of all my numerous

relations you were the one Baggins that showed real spirit.

FRODO

Bilbo, have you been in the Gaffer’s home brew?

BILBO

No… well yes, but that’s not the point. The point is, Frodo, you’ll be

alright.

PIPPIN lights the stolen firework.

PIPPIN

Done!

MERRY

You’re supposed to stick in the ground!

PIPPIN

It is in the ground!

MERRY

Outside!

PIPPIN

This was your idea!

The firework goes off, taking the roof of the tent with it, and leaving MERRY

and PIPPIN flat on the ground, covered in soot. The firework goes straight up,

becomes a dragon’s head, turns around, sprouts wings, and flies in low over the

crowd. General panic. FRODO sees it coming and tries to warn BILBO.

FRODO

Bilbo, Bilbo, look out for the dragon!

BILBO

Dragon? Nonsense, there hasn’t been a dragon in these parts for a thousand

years!

They duck to avoid the dragon, which, having given everyone a good scare,

dissolves into a spectacular shower of sparks.

PIPPIN

That was good!

MERRY

Let’s get another one!

GANDALF comes up behind and grabs MERRY and PIPPIN by their ears.

GANDALF

Meriadoc Brandybuck, and Peregrin Took. I might have known.

MERRY and PIPPIN end up washing dishes in penance. BILBO stands up.

HOBBITS

Speech! Speech!

BILBO

My dear Bagginses and Boffins, Tooks and Brandybucks, Grubbs, Chubbs,

Hornblowers, Bolgers, Bracegirdles, and Proudfoots!

ODO PROUDFOOT

Proudfeet!

BILBO

Today is my one hundred and eleventh birthday! Alas, eleventy one years is

far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits! I don’t

know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you

half as well as you deserve.

The crowd is confused

BILBO (to himself)

I have things to do. I’ve put this off for far too long.

BILBO (to the crowd)

I regret to announce this is the end! I’m going now. I bid you all a very

fond farewell! Goodbye.

BILBO puts on the ring and vanishes, to the astonishment of everyone except

GANDALF. Footsteps up the path to Bag End. Door opens. BILBO appears, taking off

the RING. Puts it in his pocket. Chooses a staff from beside the door. GANDALF

has arrived before him.

GANDALF

I suppose you think that was terribly clever.

BILBO

Come on, Gandalf! Did you see their faces?

GANDALF

There are a good many magic rings in the world, Bilbo Baggins, and none of

them should be used lightly.

BILBO

It was just a bit of fun. Oh, you’re probably right, as usual.

BILBO gathers some things to take with him.

BILBO

You will keep an eye on Frodo, won’t you?

GANDALF

Two eyes

BILBO

Yes

GANDALF

As often as I can spare them.

BILBO

I’m leaving everything to him.

GANDALF

What about this ring of yours, is that staying, too?

BILBO

Yes yes, it’s in an envelope over there on the mantelpiece.

GANDALF looks on the mantel.

BILBO

No wait, it’s… here in my pocket. Isn’t that odd, now? Yet, afterall why

not? Why shouldn’t I keep it?

GANDALF

I think you should leave the ring behind. Bilbo Is that so hard?

BILBO

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 to me!

GANDALF

There’s no need to get angry.

BILBO

Well if I’m angry it’s your fault! It’s mine. My own, my precious…

GANDALF

Precious? It’s been called that before, but not by you.

BILBO

What business is it of yours what I do with my own things?

GANDALF

I think you’ve had that ring quite long enough.

BILBO

You want it for yourself!

A shadow draws around GANDALF, revealing the power he usually keeps hidden.

GANDALF

Bilbo Baggins! Do not take me for some conjuror of cheap tricks! I am not

trying to rob you! I’m trying to help you.

The shadow retreats, and GANDALF is the kindly old man again. BILBO runs to

him.

GANDALF

All your long years, we have been friends. Trust me as you once did. Let it

go.

BILBO

You’re right, Gandalf. The ring must go to Frodo. It’s late, the road is

long. Yes, it is time.

BILBO gathers his pack and heads out the door. GANDALF stops him on the

doorstep.

GANDALF

Bilbo, the ring is still in your pocket.

BILBO

Oh, yes.

BILBO takes out the ring, holds it on his palm, and with a great effort,

turns his hand until the ring slips off and drops on the floor. BILBO walks out,

takes a deep breath.

BILBO

I’ve thought of an ending for my book. ‘And he lived happily ever after, to

the end of his days.’

GANDALF

And I’m sure you will, my dear friend.

BILBO

Goodbye, Gandalf.

They shake hands, friends as always.

GANDALF

Goodbye, dear Bilbo.

Exit BILBO, singing.

BILBO

The road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began…

GANDALF

Until our next meeting.

GANDALF reaches down to pick up the RING, sees the EYE, and leaves it where

it is. He sits in front of the fire, thinking about BILBO’s words.

BILBO (Voiceover)

It’s mine, my own, my precious.

GANDALF

Riddles in the dark… My precious…

FRODO

Bilbo!

FRODO enters, sees the ring and picks it up.

FRODO

He’s gone, hasn’t he? He talked for so long about leaving, I didn’t think he

would really do it.

GANDALF

Precious….

FRODO

Gandalf?

GANDALF looks over, sees FRODO has the RING.

GANDALF

Bilbo’s Ring. He’s gone to stay with the elves. He’s left you Bag End

GANDALF holds out an envelope, FRODO slips the RING inside. GANDALF seals it

with wax.

GANDALF

Along with all his possessions. The Ring is yours now. Put it somewhere out

of sight.

FRODO

Where are you going?

GANDALF heads for the door.

GANDALF

I have some things that I must see to.

FRODO

What things?

GANDALF

Questions, questions that need answering.

FRODO

But you’ve only just arrived! I don’t understand.

GANDALF

Neither do I. Keep it secret. Keep it safe.

GANDALF rides to the White city, sees fire over the mountains and Barad Dur

rebuilt. A voice screams ’shire! Baggins!’ The Nine ride out of Minas Morgul.

GANDALF looks through the library in Minas Tirith, and he finds a manuscript of

ISILDUR’s tale.

GANDALF

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. It has come to me, the One

Ring. It should be an heirloom of my kingdom. All those who follow in my

bloodline should 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 on the band

fade, the writing which was at first as clear as red flame has all but

disappeared, a secret now only fire can tell.

A hobbit cutting wood is startled by a BLACK RIDER. His dog sensibly retreats

into the house.

BLACK RIDER

Shire. Baggins.

HOBBIT

There’s no Bagginses around here! They’re out in Hobbiton. That way.

He follows his dog as the BLACK RIDER turns toward HOBBITON.

FRODO and his friends sing a hobbit drinking song at the Green Dragon.

Hey, ho to the bottle I go

To heal my heart and drown my woe

Rain may fall and wind may blow

But there still be many miles to go

Sweet is the sound of the pouring rain

And the stream that falls from hill to plain

But better than rain or rippling brook

PIPPIN

Is a mug of beer inside this Took!

GAFFER GAMGEE

There’s been some strange folk crossing the Shire. Dwarves and others of a

less than savory nature.

DADDY TWOFOOT

War is brewing. The mountains are fair teaming with Goblins.

ROSIE COTTON tries to catch SAM’s eye with a smile as she washes dishes. SAM

looks up and quickly down and blushes.

TED SANDYMAN

Far off tales and children’s stories, that’s all that is. You’re beginning to

sound like that old Bilbo Baggins. Cracked, he was.

DADDY TWOFOOT

Young Mr. Frodo here, he’s cracking.

FRODO

And proud of it! Cheers, Gaffer!

GAFFER

Cheers.

TED SANDYMAN

Well, it’s none of our concern what goes on beyond our borders. Keep your

nose out of trouble, and no trouble’ll come to you.

Customers exit the Green Dragon as ROSIE (drying the dishes) holds the door

ROSIE (to Frodo and Sam)

Good night, lads

FRODO and SAM

Good night.

TED SANDYMAN (to ROSIE)

Good night, sweet maiden of the golden ale!

SAM (to himself)

Boy, mind who you’re sweet-talking.

FRODO

Don’t worry, Sam. Rosie knows an idiot when she sees one.

SAM

Does she?

The hobbits say good night to each other and FRODO returns home. The window

is open and all is dark. GANDALF grabs his shoulder from behind

GANDALF

Is it secret? Is it safe?

FRODO gets out the envelope, still sealed, and GANDALF throws it in the fire.

FRODO

What are you doing?

Envelope burns away, revealing the Ring. GANDALF retrieves it from the fire

with tongs.

GANDALF

Hold out your hand, Frodo. It’s quite cool. What can you see? Can you see

anything?

FRODO

Nothing. There’s nothing. Wait. There are markings. It’s some form of Elvish.

I can’t read it.

GANDALF

There are few who can. The language is that of Mordor, which I shall not

utter here.

FRODO

Mordor?

GANDALF

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

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.

FRODO

Bilbo found it in Gollum’s cave.

GANDALF

Yes. For sixty years, the Ring lay quiet in Bilbo’s keeping, prolonging his

life, delaying old age. But no longer, Frodo. Evil stirring in Mordor. The Ring

has awoken. It’s heard its master’s call.

FRODO

But he was destroyed. Sauron was destroyed.

The RING

(whispers in the Black Speech)

GANDALF

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. They are one, the Ring and the Dark Lord. Frodo, he must

never find it.

FRODO grabs the RING.

FRODO

Alright, we put it away. We keep it hidden. We never speak of it again. No

one knows it’s here, do they?

GANDALF is silent.

FRODO

Do they, Gandalf?

GANDALF

There is one other who knew that Bilbo had the ring. I looked everywhere for

the creature Gollum, but the Enemy found him first. I don’t know how long they

tortured him, but amidst the endless screams and inane babble, they discerned

two words.

GOLLUM

Shire! Baggins!

FRODO

Shire. Baggins. But that would lead them here!

The BLACK RIDERS kill a night watchman. FRODO holds out the RING to GANDALF.

FRODO

Take it, Gandalf, take it!

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! I dare not take it, 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

What must I do?

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.

GANDALF stops, looking at FRODO, who is within minutes packed, cloaked, and

ready for a long and dangerous journey.

GANDALF

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.

There’s a noise outside the window.

GANDALF

Get down!

FRODO drops to the floor, GANDALF reaches out the window with his staff, hits

something. Hauls SAM in by the scruff of his neck.

GANDALF

Confound it all, Samwise Gamgee, have you been eavesdropping?

SAM

I haven’t been dropping no eaves, sir, honest, I was just cutting the grass

under the window there, if you follow me.

GANDALF

A little late for trimming the verge, don’t you think?

SAM

I heard raised voices.

GANDALF

What did you hear? Speak!

SAM

Nothing important. That is, I heard a good deal about a ring, and a dark

lord, and something about the end of the world, but please don’t hurt me, sir,

don’t turn me into anything unnatural.

GANDALF

No? Perhaps not. I’ve thought of a better use for you.

GANDALF and FRODO walking oustide in the morning, GANDALF leading his horse.

GANDALF

Come along, Samwise, keep up!

SAM runs to catch up. The three stop under the trees.

GANDALF

Be careful, both of you. The enemy has many spies in his service. Birds,

beasts. Is it safe?

FRODO pats his pocket, where the RING is hidden.

GANDALF

Never put it on. For the agents of the Dark Lord will be drawn to its power.

Always remember, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be

found.

GANDALF leaves. FRODO and SAM cross fields, going towards Bree. SAM suddenly

stops.

SAM

This is it.

FRODO

This is what?

SAM

If I take one more step, it will be the farthest away from home I’ve ever

been.

FRODO

Come on, Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say. It’s a dangerous business,

Frodo,

BILBO (voiceover)

going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet,

there’s no knowing where you’ll be swept off to.

SAM and FRODO are resting not far from the road. SAM is cooking some food and

FRODO is relaxing in a tree when voices are heard singing.

FRODO

Sam! Wood-elves.

The two move closer to the road to get a closer look.

FRODO

They’re going to the harbor beyond the White Towers. To the Grey Havens.

SAM

They’re leaving Middle-earth.

FRODO

Never to Return.

SAM

I don’t know why, it makes me sad.

FRODO and SAM are lying down trying to get some sleep

SAM

Everywhere I lie there’s a dirty great root sticking into my back.

FRODO

Just shut your eyes, and imagine you’re back in your own bed with a soft

mattress and a lovely feather pillow.

SAM

It’s not working, Mr. Frodo. I’m never going to be able to sleep out here.

FRODO

Me neither, Sam

As a BLACK RIDER overlooks the Shire, GANDALF rides to Isengard.

SARUMAN

Smoke rises from the mountain of Doom. The hour grows late, and Gandalf the

Grey rides to Isengard seeking my council. For that is why you have come, is it

not, my old friend?

GANDALF

Saruman.

GANDALF and SARUMAN walking outside Isengard.

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

And yet you did not have the wit to see it. Your love of the halfling’s leaf

has clearly slowed your mind.

GANDALF

But we still have time, time to counter Sauron, if we act quickly.

SARUMAN

Time? What time do you think we have?

SARUMAN and GANDALF inside Isengard.

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

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 Middle-earth.

GANDALF

You know this? How?

SARUMAN

I have seen it.

They enter another room, where a stone sphere lies covered.

GANDALF

A palantir is a dangerous tool, Saruman.

SARUMAN uncovers the stone.

SARUMAN

Why? Why should we fear to use it?

GANDALF

They are not all accounted for, the lost seeing stones. We do not know who

else may be watching.

As he re-covers the stone, GANDALF sees the EYE

SARUMAN

The hour is later than you think. Sauron’s forces are already moving. The

Nine have left Minas Morgul.

GANDALF

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

Frodo!

GANDALF tries to leave, but the doors slam, one by one.

SARUMAN

You did 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, my friend.

GANDALF

Tell me, friend, when did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for madness?

They fight, GANDALF loses his staff, breakdances, and is captured.

SARUMAN

I offered you the choice of aiding me willingly, but you have elected the way

of pain!

GANDALF rises toward the roof of Isengard. Darkness.

SAM emerges from a corn patch, alone.

SAM

Mr. Frodo? Frodo? Frodo!

FRODO reappears from the path ahead.

SAM

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

We’re still in the Shire, Sam, what could possibly happen?

They get knocked over by MERRY and PIPPIN.

PIPPIN

Frodo! Merry, it’s Frodo Baggins!

MERRY

Hello, Frodo!

SAM

Get off him! Frodo, are you alight?

PIPPIN

What’s the meaning of this?

MERRY hands SAM an armful of vegetables. MERRY

Hold these.

SAM

You’ve been into Farmer Maggot’s crops!

FARMER MAGGOT’s outraged voice

Hey! You get out of my fields! You’d better watch out when I catch up with

you!

MERRY

I don’t why he’s so upset, it’s only a few carrots.

PIPPIN

And some cabbages. And those three bags of potatoes we lifted last week. And

then mushrooms the week before that.

MERRY

Yes, Pippin! My point is, he’s clearly overreacting. Run!

They all fall over a cliff, land in a heap.

PIPPIN lands inches away from a pile of manure.

PIPPIN

Ooh! That was close.

MERRY

I think I’ve broken something.

MERRY pulls out a broken carrot.

SAM

Trust a Brandybuck and a Took!

MERRY

What? That was just a detour! A shortcut!

SAM

Shortcut to what?

PIPPIN

Mushrooms!

Three start gathering mushrooms into a bag.

FRODO looks down the road.

FRODO

I think we should get off the road.

Something dark approaches.

FRODO

Get off the road, quick!

They hide under the roots of a tree. The Black Rider comes, on his horse.

Gets off the horse, sniffing as though he can smell that the RING is close. A

spider crawls out, and a centipede, and a lot of worms. For the first time, the

Ring tries to impose its will on FRODO, pushing him to put it on so they will be

found. SAM stops him. MERRY throws a bag to distract the Black Rider, and they

run away.

MERRY

What was that?

It is dark, they have been running for some time, watching for the RIDER.

MERRY

Anything?

FRODO

Nothing.

PIPPIN

What is going on?

MERRY

That black rider was looking for something or someone. Frodo?

BLACK RIDER appears, in the distance.

PIPPIN

Get down!

They hide again.

FRODO

I have to leave the Shire. Sam and I must get to Bree.

MERRY

Right. Bucklebury ferry. Follow me.

They run, but the horse is right behind them. FRODO gets separated from the

rest, who get to the ferry ahead of him.

MERRY

Get the rope, Sam!

They untie the ferry.

HOBBITS

Run, Frodo!

The RIDER is right behind FRODO.

FRODO

Go!

HOBBITS

Hurry!

SAM

Frodo!

PIPPIN

Jump!

FRODO jumps off the dock, and just makes it onto the ferry. The BLACK RIDER

stops at the water’s edge.

FRODO

How far to the nearest crossing?

MERRY

The Brandywine bridge. Twenty miles.

They look back to see three BLACK RIDERS now, heading for the bridge.

Four HOBBITS arrive at BREE, in the pouring rain, knock on the gate. the

GATEKEEPER answers. Seeing no one at the window, he opens the lower window.

GATEKEEPER

What do you want?

FRODO

We’re heading for the Prancing Pony.

GATEKEEPER

Hobbits. Four hobbits! What’s more, out of the Shire by your talk. 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.

Arrival at the Prancing Pony.

FRODO

Excuse me?

BARLIMAN

Good evening, little masters. What can I do for you? If you’re looking for

accommodation, we got some nice cozy Hobbit-sized rooms available. Always proud

to cater to the Little Folk, Mr…?

FRODO

Underhill. My name’s Underhill.

BARLIMAN

Underhill. Hmm

FRODO

We’re friends of Gandalf the Grey. Can you tell him we’ve arrived?

BARLIMAN

Gandalf? Gandalf? Ohhh, yes! I remember. Elderly chap, big grey beard, pointy

hat. Not seen him for six months.

SAM

What do we do now?

The hobbits are sitting at a table

FRODO

Sam, he’ll be here. He’ll come

MERRY sits down.

PIPPIN

What’s that?

MERRY

This, my friend, is a pint.

PIPPIN

It comes in pints? I’m going to get one.

SAM

you’ve had a whole half already.

PIPPIN goes to the bar.

SAM

That fellow’s done nothing but stare at you since we arrived.

FRODO stops the innkeeper.

FRODO

Excuse me, that man in the corner, who is he?

BARLIMAN

He’s one of them rangers. Their dangerous folk, they are, wandering the wild.

What his right name is I’ve never heard, but around here he’s known as Strider.

FRODO

Strider.

RING tries again to get FRODO to put it on, whispering Baggins, Baggins…

PIPPIN

Baggins? Sure I know a Baggins. He’s over there. Frodo Baggins. He’s my

second cousin, once removed on his Mother’s side. And my fourth cousin twice

removed on…

FRODO runs toward PIPPIN, at the bar.

FRODO

Pippin!

PIPPIN

Steady on!

FRODO trips, the ring falls on his finger. The Nine turn towards BREE. FRODO

sees the EYE for the first time.

SAURON

You cannot hide. I see you. There is no life in the void. Only death.

FRODO takes off the ring and is dragged off to a room by STRIDER.

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.

FRODO

Who are you?

STRIDER

Are you frightened?

FRODO

Yes.

STRIDER

Not nearly frightened enough. I know what hunts you.

The three HOBBITS come in, threatening STRIDER

SAM

Let him go, or I’ll have you, Longshanks!

STRIDER

You have a stout heart, little hobbit, but that will not save you. You can no

longer wait for the wizard, Frodo. They are coming.

Four of the Nine arrive at BREE, break down the gate and kill the gatekeeper.

They find the room where HOBBITS appear to be sleeping, stab the empty

mattresses, and become angry when they find they have been tricked. FRODO is

awake already, watching STRIDER look out the window. The others wake at the

noise.

FRODO

What are they?

STRIDER

They were once men. Great kings of men. Then Sauron the Deceiver gave to them

nine rings of power. Blinded by their greed, they took them without question,

one by one falling into 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 party leaves BREE, avoiding the roads.

FRODO

Where are you taking us?

STRIDER

Into the wild.

They walk for a while.

MERRY

How do we know this Strider is a friend of Gandalf?

FRODO

I think a servant of the enemy would look fairer and feel fouler.

MERRY

He’s foul enough.

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!

Later, the hobbits stop.

STRIDER

Gentlemen, we do not stop ’til nightfall.

PIPPIN

What about breakfast?

STRIDER

You’ve already had it.

PIPPIN

We’ve had one, yes. What about second breakfast?

STRIDER walks away

MERRY

I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.

PIPPIN

What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? Do you think

he knows about them, doesn’t he?

MERRY

I wouldn’t count on it.

STRIDER throws an apple to MERRY, who catches it, and PIPPIN, who gets hit in

the head.

MERRY

Pippin!

STRIDER leads them through some marshes

MERRY

What do they eat when they can’t get hobbit?

They camp at night. STRIDER sings a song to himself in Elvish.

FRODO

Who is she? This woman you sing of?

STRIDER

‘Tis the lady of Luthien. The Elf-maiden who gave her love to Beren, a

mortal.

FRODO

What happened to her?

STRIDER

She died. Get some sleep, Frodo.

SARUMAN using Palantir.

SARUMAN

The power of Isengard is at your command, Sauron, Lord of the Earth.

SAURON

Build me an army worthy of Mordor.

Orcs enter

ORC

What orders from Mordor, my lord? What does the Eye command?

SARUMAN

We have work to do.

ORCS begin pulling down trees. GANDALF observes from his prison atop the

tower.

ORC

The trees are strong, my lord. Their roots go deep.

SARUMAN

Rip them all down.

FRODO and company cross harsh lands.

STRIDER

This was the great watchtower of Amon Sul. We shall rest here tonight.

STRIDER unwraps four swords and passes them out to HOBBITS.

STRIDER

These are for you. Keep them close. I’m going to have a look around. Stay

here.

FRODO is napping.

MERRY

Oh, my tomato’s burst.

SAM

Could I have some bacon?

MERRY

Okay, want a tomato, Sam?

FRODO (awaking)

What are you doing?

MERRY

Tomatoes, sausages, nice crispy bacon.

SAM

We saved some for you, Mr. Frodo

FRODO

Put it out, you fools, put it out!

FRODO stamps out the fire.

PIPPIN

That’s nice, ash on my tomatoes.

They look over the edge to find BLACK RIDERS approaching.

FRODO pulls out his sword.

FRODO

Go!

HOBBITS retreat to the center of the ruin, stand back to back, not knowing

where the BLACK RIDERS will come from. Five BLACK RIDERS enter the ruin.

SAM

Back, you devils!

SAM tries to fight them, gets tossed aside. MERRY and PIPPIN step in front,

get pushed away. FRODO drops his sword, backs away. Falls down. The BLACK RIDERS

seem to know he has the RING. He pulls it out of his pocket, and they all focus

on it. BLACK RIDERS close in, and he puts on the ring. The BLACK RIDER leader

tries to take the ring. It takes all FRODO’s strength to pull it away. The

Wraith seems angry that FRODO has denied him and stabs him in the shoulder.

STRIDER attacks BLACK RIDERS, FRODO takes the ring off.

SAM

Frodo! Frodo!

SAM runs to FRODO, now that he can see him.

FRODO

Oh, Sam!

STRIDER stabs and sets fire to BLACK RIDERS and drives them away.

SAM

Strider! Help him, Strider.

STRIDER picks up the sword, but the blade dissolves into dust.

STRIDER

He’s been stabbed with a Morgul blade. This is beyond my skill to heal. He

needs elvish medicine.

STRIDER picks up FRODO, who is in a lot of pain.

STRIDER

Hurry.

SAM

We’re six days from Rivendell! He’ll never make it!

STRIDER

Hang on, Frodo.

FRODO

Gandalf!

GANDALF is still imprisoned on top of Isengard, which is now barren, with

deep holes in the ground where ORCS mine and forge weapons and armor. A moth

flutters by, and GANDALF catches it, speaks to it, and lets it go. SARUMAN

oversees his latest project — a new type of creature is being bred. Lurtz

awakens, and immediately kills the ORC tending him. SARUMAN seems pleased.

FRODO looks up in pain at three stone trolls. SAM appears.

SAM

Look, Frodo. It’s Mr. Bilbo trolls. Mr. Frodo? (To STRIDER) He’s going cold!

PIPPIN

Is he going to die?

STRIDER

He is passing into the shadow world. He will soon become a wraith like them.

MERRY

They’re close!

STRIDER

Sam, do you know the Athelas plant?

SAM

Athelas?

STRIDER

Kingsfoil.

SAM

Kingsfoil? Aye, it’s a weed.

STRIDER

It may help to slow the poison.

SAM and STRIDER search for plant, STRIDER finds it.

ARWEN

What’s this? A Ranger caught off his guard?

FRODO sees ARWEN as she is from the shadow world- a beautiful, glowing

elf-maiden in white robes.

ARWEN

Frodo, Im Arwen. Telin le thaed

(I’m Arwen. I’ve come to help you.)

Lasto beth nin, tolo dan na ngalad

(Hear my voice. Return to the light.)

A black stain is spreading across FRODO’s eyes as the poison takes over.

MERRY

Who is she?

ARWEN

Frodo.

SAM

She’s an elf!

ARWEN

He’s fading. He’s not going to last. We must get him to my father.

STRIDER chews up some of the Kingsfoil and presses it into the wound.

ARWEN

I’ve been looking for you for two days. There are five wraiths behind you.

Where the other four are I do not know.

STRIDER lifts FRODO onto ARWEN’s horse.

STRIDER

Dartho guin berian. Rych le ad tolthathon.

(Stay with the hobbits. I will send horses for you.)

ARWEN

Hon mabathon. Rochon ellint im.

(I am the faster rider. I will take him.)

STRIDER

Andelu i ven.

(The road is too dangerous.)

PIPPIN

What are they saying?

ARWEN

Frodo fir. Ae athradon i hir, tur gwaith nin beriatha hon.

(If I can get across the river, the power of my people will protect him.)

I do not fear them.

STRIDER

Beyest lin

(As you wish)

ARWEN gets on her horse, behind FRODO.

STRIDER

Arwen, ride hard. Don’t look back.

ARWEN

Noro lim, Asfaloth, noro lim!

(Ride fast, Asfaloth, ride fast!)

SAM

What are you doing? The wraiths are still out there!

ARWEN and FRODO ride, chased by some Black Riders.

ARWEN

Noro lim, Asfaloth!

(Ride fast Asfaloth!)

They get to the river, ARWEN stops partway across. The Black Riders do not

want to enter the river.

Black Rider

Give up the halfling, she-elf!

ARWEN draws her sword.

ARWEN

If you want him, come and claim him!

The Black Riders draw their swords and start to cross river.

ARWEN

Nin o Chithaeglir, lasto beth daer, Rimmo nin Bruinen dan in Ulaer!

Nin o Chithaeglir, lasto beth daer, Rimmo nin Bruinen dan in Ulaer!

(Waters of the Misty Mountains listen to the great word; flow waters of

Loudwater against the Ringwraiths!)

A flood of water washes down the riverbed, led by white horse-shapes. The

Black Riders are washed away. FRODO is losing his battle. ARWEN gets off her

horse, lays him on the ground.

ARWEN

No, Frodo! No! Frodo, don’t give in! Not now!

ARWEN

What grace is given me let it pass to him. Let him be spared. Save him.

FRODO’s world dissolves into light.

ELROND

Lasto beth nin. Tolo dan nan galad.

(Hear my voice. Come back to the light.)

FRODO wakes up, in bed.

FRODO

Where am I?

GANDALF

You are in the House of Elrond, and it is ten o’clock in the morning, on

October the 24th, if you want to know.

FRODO

Gandalf?

GANDALF

Yes, I’m here. And you’re lucky to be here, too. A few more hours and you

would have been beyond our aid. But you have some strength in you, my dear

hobbit.

FRODO

What happened, Gandalf? Why didn’t you meet us?

GANDALF

Oh, I’m sorry, Frodo. I was delayed.

(Flashback: Isengard)

SARUMAN

The friendship of Saruman is not lightly thrown aside. One ill turn deserves

another.

SARUMAN holding GANDALF out over the edge of the tower.

SARUMAN

It is over. Embrace the power of the Ring or embrace your own destruction.

GANDALF

There is only one Lord of the Ring. Only one who can bend it to his will, and

he does not share power.

GANDALF jumps off the edge of the tower, and lands on the back of Gwaihir the

eagle.

SARUMAN

So you have chosen death.

(End of Flashback)

FRODO

Gandalf, what is it?

GANDALF

Nothing, Frodo.

SAM comes in, and ELROND.

SAM

Frodo, Frodo!

FRODO

Sam!

SAM

Bless you, you’re awake!

GANDALF

Sam has hardly left your side.

SAM

We were that worried about you, weren’t we, Mr. Gandalf?

GANDALF

By the skills of Master Elrond, you’re beginning to mend.

ELROND

Welcome to Rivendell, Frodo Baggins.

FRODO meets MERRY and PIPPIN again, and BILBO, looking older.

FRODO

Bilbo!

BILBO

Hello, Frodo, my lad!

FRODO

Bilbo!

BILBO and FRODO hug

Next scene: FRODO looks at BILBO’s book.

FRODO

There and back again, a hobbit’s tale, by Bilbo Baggins. This is wonderful!

BILBO

I meant to go back, wander the paths of the Mirkwood, visit Laketown, see the

Lonely Mountain again, but age, it seems, has finally caught up with me.

FRODO

I miss the Shire. I spent all my childhood pretending I was off somewhere

else, off with you on one of your adventures. But my own adventure turned out to

be quite different. I’m not like you, Bilbo.

BILBO

My dear boy.

Scene goes to SAM packing.

SAM

Now what have I forgotten?

FRODO

Packed already?

SAM

No harm in being prepared.

FRODO

I thought you wanted to see the elves, Sam.

SAM

I do.

FRODO

More than anything.

SAM

I did, it’s just… we did what Gandalf wanted, didn’t we? We got the ring

this far, to Rivendell, and I thought seeing as how you’re on the mend, we’d be

off soon. Off home.

FRODO

You’re right, Sam. We did what we set out to do. The Ring will be safe in

Rivendell. I am ready to go home.

GANDALF and ELROND, watching FRODO and SAM.

ELROND

His strength returns.

GANDALF

That wound will never fully heal. He will carry it for the rest of his life.

ELROND

And yet to have come so far still bearing the Ring, the hobbit has shown

extraordinary resilience to its evil.

GANDALF

It is a burden he should never have had to bear. We can ask no more of Frodo.

ELROND

Gandalf, the Enemy is moving. Sauron’s forces are massing in the East. His

Eye is fixed on Rivendell. And Saruman, you tell me, has betrayed us. Our list

of our allies grows thin.

GANDALF

His treachery runs deeper than you know. By foul craft, Saruman has crossed

orcs with goblin-men. He’s breeding an army in the caverns of Isengard. An army

that can move in sunlight, and cover great distances at speed. Saruman is coming

for the Ring.

ELROND

This evil cannot be concealed by the power of the elves. We do not have the

strength to fight both Mordor and Isengard. Gandalf, the Ring cannot stay here.

BOROMIR arrives, and LEGOLAS, and a group of DWARVES.

ELROND

This peril belongs to all Middle-Earth, and they must decide now how to end

it. The time of elves is over. My people are leaving these shores. Who will you

look to when we’re gone? The dwarves? They hide in their mountains seeking

riches. They care not for the troubles of others.

GANDALF

It is in men that we must place our hope.

ELROND

Men? Men are weak. The race of men is fading. The blood of Numenor is all but

spent, its pride and dignity forgotten. It is because of men the Ring survives.

I was there, Gandalf. I was there, three thousand years ago, when Isildur took

the ring. I was there when the day the strength of men failed.

(Flashback: ISILDUR takes the RING.)

ELROND

Isildur, hurry! Follow me.

ELROND (V.O.)

I led Isildur into the heart of Mount Doom, where the Ring was forged, the

one place it could be destroyed.

ELROND

Cast it in the fire! Destroy it!

ISILDUR

No.

ELROND

Isildur!

(End of Flashback)

ELROND

It should have ended that day, but evil was allowed to endure. Isildur kept

the Ring. The line of Kings is broken. There is no strength left in the world of

men. They are scattered, divided, leaderless.

GANDALF

There is one who could unite them. Who could reclaim the throne of Gondor.

ELROND

He turned from that path a long time ago. He has chosen exile.

Interior shot of Rivendell- a museum. STRIDER reads a book. Boromir enters.

BOROMIR

You are no elf.

STRIDER

Men of the south are welcome here.

BOROMIR

Who are you?

STRIDER

I am friend to Gandalf the Grey.

BOROMIR

Then we are here on common purpose… friend. (He looks at a display.) The

shards of Narsil! The blade that cut the Ring from Sauron’s hand.

He runs his fingers along the blade and cuts himself.

BOROMIR

Uh! Still sharp.

BOROMIR turns to STRIDER who is watching him

BOROMIR

No more than a broken heirloom

BOROMIR tries to replace it on the statue carelessly and it falls away.

STRIDER picks it up, and returns it to its place. ARWEN enters behind

ARWEN

Why do you fear the past? You are Isildur’s heir, not Isildur himself. You

are not bound to his fate.

STRIDER

The same blood flows in my veins, the same weakness.

ARWEN

Your time will come. You will face the same evil, and you will defeat it. A

si i-Dhuath i-orthor. U or le a u or nin.

(The Shadow does not hold sway yet, not over you and not over me.)

Scene switches to ARWEN and STRIDER on a bridge in a garden.

ARWEN

Renech i lu i erui govannem?

(Do you remember when we first met?)

STRIDER

Nauthannem i ned ol reniannen.

(I thought I had strayed into a dream.)

ARWEN

Gwenwin in enninath…U-arnech in naeth i si celich.

(Long years have passed since then. You did not have the cares you carry now.

Do you remember what I told you?

STRIDER

You said you’d bind yourself to me, foresaking the immortal life of your

people.

ARWEN

And to that I hold. I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all

the ages of this world alone. I choose a mortal life.

ARWEN gives STRIDER her pendant, the Evenstar.

STRIDER

You cannot give me this.

ARWEN

It is mine to give to whom I will. Like my heart.

STRIDER and ARWEN kiss

A council is gathered of MEN and ELVES and DWARVES and FRODO.

ELROND

Strangers from distant lands, friends of old. You’ve 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.

FRODO puts the RING on the stand in the center of the council, and seems much

relieved to be rid of it. People start whispering.

BOROMIR

So it is true.

MAN

The doom of man.

BOROMIR

In a dream I saw the eastern sky grow dark but in the west a pale light

lingered. A voice was crying: „Your doom is near at hand. Isildur’s Bane is

found.“

BOROMIR reaches out for the Ring.

BOROMIR

Isildur’s bane…

ELROND

Boromir!

GANDALF

Ash Nazg Durbatuluk! Ash Nazg Gimbatul! Ash Nazg Gimbatul! Ash Nazg Gimbatul!

ELROND

Never before has any voice uttered the words of that tongue here in Imladris.

GANDALF

I do not ask your 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

It 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 my people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy. Let

us use it against him.

STRIDER

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

Havo dad, Legolas

(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?

GIMLI picks up his axe and hits the Ring. FRODO sees the eye, and the axe is

shattered. GIMLI is knocked to the ground. The Ring whispers in the Black

Speech.

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. It must be taken deep into Mordor, and cast back into the fiery chasm

from whence it came. One of you must do this.

Silence

BOROMIR

One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more

than 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.

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! (Gimli spits)

RING

Ash Nazg Durbatuluk! Ash Nazg Gimbatul! Ash Nazg Gimbatul! Ash Nazg Gimbatul!

FRODO

I will take it!

Arguing continues.

FRODO

I will take it!

Silence returns.

FRODO

I will take the ring to Mordor. Though I do not know the way.

GANDALF

I will help you bear this burden, Frodo Baggins, for as long as it is yours

to bear.

ARAGORN

If by my life or death I can protect you, I will.

ARAGORN kneels in front of FRODO.

ARAGORN

You have my sword.

LEGOLAS

And you have my bow.

GIMLI

And MY axe.

BOROMIR

You carry the fate of us all, little one. If this is indeed the will of the

council, then Gondor will see it done.

SAM runs in.

SAM

Heh! Mr. Frodo’s not goin anywhere without me.

SAM takes his place beside FRODO.

ELROND

No, indeed, it is hardly possible to separate the two of you, even when he is

summoned to a secret council and you are not.

MERRY and PIPPIN enter.

MERRY

Wait! We’re coming, too! You’d have to send us home tied up in a sack to stop

us.

PIPPIN

Anyway, you need people of intelligence on this sort of mission… quest…

thing.

MERRY

Well, that rules you out, Pip.

ELROND

Nine companions. So be it. You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring.

PIPPIN

Great. Where are we going?

ARAGORN visits his mother’s grave as ELROND approaches

ELROND
Anirne hene beriad i chen in. Ned Imladris nauthant e le beriathar aen. (She

wanted to protect her child. She thought in Rivendell you would be safe.) In her

heart your mother knew you’d be hunted all your life. That you’d never escape

your fate. The skill of the Elves can reforge the sword of kings, but only you

have hte power to wield it.

ARAGORN
I do not want that power. I have never wanted it.

ELROND
You are the last of that bloodline. There is no other. 

BILBO and FRODO converse in FRODO’s room

BILBO
My old sword, Sting. Here, take it, take it!

FRODO
It’s so light!

BILBO
Yes. Made by the elves, you know. The blade glows blue when orcs are close. And

it’s times like that, my lad, when you have to be extra careful. 

BILBO holds up a chainmail vest

BILBO
Here’s a pretty thing. Mithril! As light as a feather, and as hard as dragon

scales. Let me see you put it on. Come on.

FRODO starts to take off his shirt.

BILBO
Oh, my old ring. I should very much like to hold it again, one last time.

FRODO knows better, and buttons up his shirt again. BILBO lashes out for it,

then recovers and begins weeping.

BILBO
I’m sorry I brought this upon you, my boy. I’m sorry that you must carry this

burden. I’m sorry for everything!

FRODO comforts him. The scene shifts to the Fellowship of the Ring preparing to

depart.

ELROND
The Ringbearer is setting out on the Quest of Mount Doom. On you who travel with

him, no oath nor bond is laid to go further than you will. Farewell. Hold to

your purpose. May the blessings of Elves and Men and all free folk go with you.

GANDALF
The Fellowship awaits the Ringbearer.

FRODO relunctantly leads the way out of Rivendell

FRODO (whispering)
Mordor, Gandalf. Is it left or right?

GANDALF (whispers)
Left

The company leaves Rivendell, wanders past ruins, over mountains, through

fields.

GANDALF
We must hold this course west of the Misty Mountains for forty days. If our luck

holds, the Gap of Rohan will still be open to us. From there our road turns east

to Mordor.

They stop for lunch, MERRY and PIPPIN practice swordfighting with BOROMIR.

BOROMIR
Two, one, five, good! Very good. 

ARAGORN
Move your feet!

MERRY
That’s good, Pippin.

PIPPIN
Thanks!

BOROMIR
Faster!

GIMLI
‘Anyone was to ask for my opinion, which I note they’re not, I’d say we were

taking the long way ’round! Gandalf, we could pass through the Mines of Moria.

My cousin Balin would give us a royal welcome.

GANDALF
No, Gimli, I would not take the road through Moria unless I had no other choice.

BOROMIR
Come on, good!

BOROMIR accidentally cuts PIPPIN.

PIPPIN
Ow!

BOROMIR
Sorry!

PIPPIN drops his sword, kicks BOROMIR in the shins and tackles him.

PIPPIN
Get him! 

MERRY joins in, and the two of them wrestle BOROMIR to the ground. 

MERRY
For the Shire!

PIPPIN
Hold him down, Merry! 

ARAGORN
Gentlemen, that’s enough.

ARAGORN gets knocked down by the hobbits and laughs

MERRY
Hey! You’ve got my arm! You’ve got my arm! 

LEGOLAS notices something on the horizon.

SAM
What is that?

GIMLI
Nothing, it’s just a wisp of cloud.

Everyone looks.

BOROMIR
It’s moving fast, against the wind.

LEGOLAS
Crebain from Dunland!

ARAGORN
Hide!

BOROMIR
Merry, Frodo!

Everyone hides under rock outcroppings. crebain fly overhead

GANDALF
Spies of Saruman. The passage south is being watched. We must take the pass of

Caradhras.

Climbing a snowy mountain, FRODO falls and rolls down.

ARAGORN
Frodo?

ARAGORN helps him, but the RING is missing. BOROMIR picks it up.

ARAGORN
Boromir.

BOROMIR
It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small

a thing. Such a little thing.

ARAGORN
Boromir! Give the ring to Frodo.

BOROMIR
As you wish. I care not.

He ruffles Frodo’s hair, and when he turns away, ARAGORN takes his hand off his

sword.

The crebain return to Isengard and report to SARUMAN.

SARUMAN
So, Gandalf, you try to lead them over Caradhras. And if that fails? Where then

will you go? If the mountain defeats you, will you risk a more dangerous road?

LEGOLAS runs atop the snow while the others struggle through it. He stands at

the edge of a cliff, listening.

SARUMAN
Cuiva nwalca Carnirasse; nai yarvaxea rasselya!
(Wake up cruel Redhorn! May your horn be bloodstained!)

LEGOLAS
There is a fell voice on the air! 

GANDALF
It’s Saruman!

Rocks fall from the side of the mountain, followed by snow.

ARAGORN
He’s trying to bring down the mountain! Gandalf, we must turn back!

GANDALF
No! Losto Caradhras, sedho, hodo, nuitho i ‘ruith!
(Sleep Caradhras, be still, lie still, hold your wrath!)

GANDALF tries to stop the storm, but SARUMAN is reinforcing it from Isengard.

SARUMAN
Cuiva nwalca Carnirasse; nai yarvaxea rasselya; talhira notto-carinnar!
(Wake up cruel Redhorn! May your horn be bloodstained!) 

Lightning strikes the mountain, and LEGOLAS pulls GANDALF back from the edge

just before snow falls and buries them all. One by one, they dig out or shake

the snow off.

BOROMIR
We must get off the mountain! Make for the Gap of Rohan and take the west road

to my city!

ARAGORN
The Gap of Rohan takes us too close to Isengard!

GIMLI
If we cannot pass over the mountain, let us go under it! Let us go through the

Mines of Moria.

SARUMAN (At Isengard)
Moria. You fear to go into those mines. The dwarves delved too greedily and too

deep. You know what they awoke in the darkness of Khazad- Dum. Shadow and flame.

GANDALF
Let the Ringbearer decide. 

BOROMIR
We cannot stay here! This will be the death of the hobbits!

GANDALF
Frodo?

FRODO
We will go through the mines!

GANDALF
So be it.

The Fellowship journeys to the walls of Moria

GANDALF
Frodo, come and help and old man. How is your shoulder?

FRODO
Better than it was.

GANDALF (whispers)
And the Ring? You feel its power growing, don’t you? I’ve felt it, too. You must

be careful now. Evil will be drawn to you from outside the Fellowship. And, I

fear, from within.

BOROMIR walks by

FRODO
Who then do I trust?

GANDALF
You must trust yourself. Trust your own strengths.

FRODO
What do you mean?

GANDALF
There are many powers in this world for good or for evil. Some are greater than

I am. And against some I have yet to be tested.

GIMLI (looking ahead)
The Walls of Moria.

The Fellowship approaches the walls looking for the doors. 

GIMLI
Dwarf doors are invisible when closed.

GANDALF
Yes, Gimli, their own masters cannot find them if their secrets are forgotten.

LEGOLAS
Why doesn’t that surprise me?

They walk next to a dark lake. FRODO’s foot slips in the water, and he scrambles

back. They reach a wall framed by two great trees. GANDALF scrubs away dirt to

find a pattern on the wall.

GANDALF
Now let’s see… Ithildin. It mirrors only starlight and moonlight.

Moon comes out, showing the shape of a door, with writing above in elvish.

GANDALF
It reads, The Doors of Durin, Lord of Moria. Speak friend, and enter.

MERRY
What do you suppose that means?

GANDALF
Oh, it’s quite simple! If you are a friend, you speak the password, and the

doors will open.

GANDALF tries a number of passwords, but none of them work.

PIPPIN
Nothing’s happened.

GANDALF tries to force the doors open to no avail.

GANDALF
I once knew every spell in all the tongues of Elves, Men, and Orcs.

PIPPIN
What are you going to do then?

GANDALF
Knock your head against these doors, Peregrin Took! And if that does not shatter

them, and I am allowed a little peace from foolish questions, I will try to find

the opening words.

ARAGORN and SAM unload the pony and let him go.

ARAGORN
The mines are no place for a pony. Even one so brave as Bill.

SAM
Bye bye, Bill.

ARAGORN
Go on, Bill, go on. Don’t worry, Sam, he knows the way home.

MERRY and PIPPIN are throwing rocks in the water, ARAGORN stops them.

ARAGORN
Do not disturb the water!

GANDALF
Oh, it’s useless!

Having tried any number of passwords, GANDALF sits down in disgust.

FRODO
It’s a riddle. Speak „friend“ and enter! What’s the Elvish word for friend?

GANDALF
Mellon.

The doors open. The Fellowship enters Moria.

GIMLI
Soon, Master elf, you will enjoy the fabled hospitality of the dwarves! Roaring

fires, malt beer, ripe meat off the bone! This, my friend, is the home of my

cousin Balin. And they call it a mine. A mine!

BOROMIR
This is no mine, it’s a tomb.

Light reveals skeletons all over

GIMLI
No!

LEGOLAS pulls an arrow out of one of the skeletons.

LEGOLAS
Goblins!

BOROMIR
We make for the Gap of Rohan! We should never have come here! Now, get out! Get

out!

FRODO is grabbed by a tentacle from the water.

SAM, MERRY, and PIPPIN
Frodo!

SAM cuts off the tentacle

SAM
Get off him!

A dozen more push the HOBBITS away while one grabs FRODO.

SAM
Strider!

ARAGORN chops off the tentacle holding FRODO, and BOROMIR catches him when he

falls.

GANDALF
Into the Mines!

Boromir
Legolas! Into the cave!

LEGOLAS puts an arrow in one of the KRAKEN’s eyes, giving ARAGORN and BOROMIR

time to get out of the water.

BOROMIR
Run!

They retreat to the Mine. KRAKEN crumbles the gate behind them.

GANDALF
We now have but one choice. We must face the long dark of Moria. Be on your

guard! There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of the

world. Quietly now. It is a four day journey to the other side. Let us hope our

presence may go unnoticed.

GANDALF leads them along many winding, narrow staircases.

GANDALF
The wealth of Moria was not in gold or jewels, but mithril. Bilbo had a shirt of

mithril rings that Thorin gave him. 

GIMLI
Oh, that was a Kingly gift!

GANDALF
Yes. I never told him, but its worth was greater than the value of the Shire.

PIPPIN almost falls down some stairs, which are steep and cluttered with debris.

MERRY
Pippin!

They come to the top of the stairs.

GANDALF
I have no memory of this place.

The Fellowship rests

PIPPIN
Are we lost?

MERRY
No.

PIPPIN
I think we’re lost.

MERRY
Shh, Gandalf’s thinking.

PIPPIN
Merry?

MERRY
What?

PIPPIN
I’m hungry.

FRODO sees something behind them.

FRODO
There’s something down there.

GANDALF
It’s Gollum.

FRODO
Gollum?

GANDALF
He’s been following us for three days.

FRODO
He escaped from the dungeons of Barad Dur!

GANDALF
Escaped? Or set loose? Now the Ring has brought him here. He will never be rid

of his need for it. He hates and loves the Ring, as he hates and loves himself.

Smeagol’s life is a sad story. Yes, Smeagol he was once called. Before the Ring

found him. Before it drove him mad.

FRODO
It’s a pity Bilbo didn’t kill him when he had the chance.

GANDALF
Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death, and

some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager

to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. My heart

tells me that Gollum still has a part to play yet, for good or ill. Before this

is over, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.

FRODO
I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

GANDALF
So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we

have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other

forces at work in the world, Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to

find the Ring, in which case you also were meant to have it. And that is an

encouraging thought.

GANDALF
Ah! It’s that way.

MERRY
He’s remembered!

GANDALF
No, but the air smells less foul down here. If in doubt, Meriadoc, always follow

your nose. Let me risk a little more light.

His brightened staff shows a grandiose hall of stone, lined with tall pillars

and arched ceilings as far as the eye can see. Members of the Fellowship,

including Gimli, react in awe

GANDALF
Behold! The great realm of the dwarf city of Dwarrowdelf.

SAM
Well, there’s an eye-opener and no mistake

GIMLI sees a brightened door, runs through it. 

GIMLI
Haugh!

GANDALF
Gimli!

The others follow, find GIMLI grieving over a tomb. GANDALF reads the dwarven

runes on the top of the tomb.

GANDALF
Here lies Balin, son of Fundin, Lord of Moria. He is dead then. It’s as I

feared.

GANDALF finds a book held by a skeleton leaning against the tomb.

LEGOLAS (to ARAGORN)
We must move on. We cannot linger.

GANDALF (reading)
They have taken the bridge, and the second hall. We have barred the gates, but

cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes. Drums, drums in the deep. We

cannot get out. A shadow moves in the dark. We cannot get out. They are coming.

PIPPIN knocks a skeleton into the well, which makes a little more than enough

noise to wake the dead.

GANDALF
Fool of a Took! Throw yourself in, next time, and rid us of your stupidity!

There is a pause where it seems they might not have been heard, then drums start

pounding. FRODO’s sword is glowing blue.

SAM
Mr. Frodo!

LEGOLAS
Orcs!

BOROMIR checks out the door, almost gets hit by two arrows, shuts the door.

ARAGORN (to the hobbits)
Get back! Stay close to Gandalf

BOROMIR
They have a cave troll.

They bar the door with the weapons of the dead.

GIMLI
Argh! Let them come! There is one dwarf yet in Moria who still draws breath!

ORCS break holes in the door. LEGOLAS and ARAGORN shoot arrows through the holes

and kill the ORCS on the other side. Finally, the doors break open and ORCS

flood in. All the companions join in the fighting, even the HOBBITS. Then the

CAVETROLL comes through the door and part of the wall. SAM slips under him. Many

ORCS killed. The CAVETROLL smashes the tomb GIMLI is standing on top of, but

misses GIMLI, then kills several of the ORCS in its attempt to get the dwarf.

The TROLL uses its chain like a whip, trying to hit LEGOLAS, who dodges. The

chain becomes momentarily caught around a pillar, and LEGOLAS runs up it to

stand on top of the CAVETROLL and gets a shot at its head, but jumps off when

the CAVETROLL grabs for his ankles.

SAM hits ORCS with his frying pan.

SAM
I think I’m getting the hang of this!

CAVETROLL catches sight of the three HOBBITS. They all dodge, but FRODO goes one

way and MERRY and PIPPIN the other. The CAVETROLL follows FRODO, who manages to

stay on the opposite side of the pillar from the CAVETROLL for a while, but then

he is surprised, falls down, and the CAVETROLL grabs his foot.

FRODO
Aragorn! Aragorn!

FRODO cuts the CAVETROLL’s hand with Sting, and it lets go. CAVETROLL reaches

for FRODO again, but ARAGORN runs over and stabs it with a spear, prompting the

TROLL to smash him into the wall. FRODO shakes ARAGORN, but he doesn’t get up.

CAVETROLL stabs at ARAGORN, but renews its interest in FRODO when he moves.

FRODO dodges the spear, then runs into it and gets thrown against the wall.

Before he can move, the CAVETROLL stabs him with the spear. FRODO falls, with

the spear in his side.

SAM
Frodo? Frodo!

MERRY and PIPPIN jump on the TROLL’s back and stab it wildly. TROLL grabs MERRY

and throws him off, PIPPIN stabs it again, when it screams LEGOLAS kills the

CAVETROLL with an arrow through the mouth through the brain. PIPPIN has a hard

landing, still being on top of the CAVETROLL when it falls. All the orcs have

fled or are dead

ARAGORN
Oh, no.

Thinking he’s dead, ARAGORN rolls FRODO over, but he sits up.

SAM
Frodo! He’s alive.

FRODO
I’m all right, I’m not hurt.

ARAGORN
You should be dead! That spear would have skewered a wild boar!

GANDALF
I think there is more to this hobbit than meets the eye.

FRODO pulls open his shirt to reveal the mithril shirt.

GIMLI
Mithril! You are full of surprises, Master Baggins!

More ORCS approach.

GANDALF
To the bridge of Khazad-Dum!

They run through the cavern, but become surrounded by ORCS. There is a roar in

the distance. The ORCS all run away.

BOROMIR
What is this new devilry?

GANDALF
A balrog. A demon of the ancient world. This foe is beyond any of you. Run!

They run. BOROMIR abruptly comes to the edge of the path, drops his torch and

teeters on the edge of a very long drop. LEGOLAS pulls him back from the edge.

ARAGORN
Gandalf.

GANDALF
Lead them on, Aragorn! The bridge is near. Do as I say! Swords are no more use

here!

They come to a gap in the apparently endless staircase, which LEGOLAS jumps

across easily.

LEOGLAS
Gandalf!

GANDALF follows after a moment’s hesitation.

BOROMIR
Merry, Pippin! Hoo ahh!

BOROMIR grabs MERRY and PIPPIN, jumps across as the edge crumbles.

ARAGORN
Sam!

ARAGORN throws SAM across, but GIMLI holds up a hand.

GIMLI
Nobody tosses a dwarf!

GIMLI jumps, but doesn’t quite make it, and LEGOLAS grabs his beard to keep him

from falling.

GIMLI
Not the beard!

More breaks off the edge, FRODO and ARAGORN scramble back. The gap is now too

far to jump. Part of roof breaks. The section FRODO and ARAGORN are on breaks

loose from the rest of the stair. It starts to tilt.

ARAGORN
Steady. Hold on! Hang on! Lean forward! Steady. 

BOROMIR
Come on!

The section falls forward into the rest of the stair, allowing FRODO and STRIDER

to rejoin the party. They keep running as the enormous section of stair falls

into the abyss. 

GANDALF
Over the bridge! Fly!

The BALROG emerges from the chasm behind them.

In the center of the bridge, GANDALF turns to face the demon, staff and sword in

hand.

GANDALF
You cannot pass.

FRODO
Gandalf!

A wave of flame spreads across the BALROG.

GANDALF
I am a servant of the secret fire, wielder of the flame of Arnor! Dark fire

shall not avail you, Flame of Udun!

BALROG draws a flaming sword and swings at GANDALF, but he parries the blow.

GANDALF
Go back to the shadow! You… SHALL NOT… PASS!

GANDALF slams his staff on the bridge, and a flash of white light drives the

BALROG back. The demon draws a whip of fire, steps onto the bridge, and it gives

way, dropping the BALROG into the chasm. It seems they have won, but as he turns

away, the tail of the whip catches GANDALF’s ankle and pulls him down. He gets a

brief grasp on the edge of the bridge.

BOROMIR (holding back Frodo)
No, no!

FRODO
Gandalf!

GANDALF
Fly, you fools!

And GANDALF follows his enemy into the abyss.

FRODO
Nooooooooooo!

BOROMIR
Aragorn! 

BOROMIR carries FRODO away. ARAGORN pauses, looking back until ORC arrows drive

him away. The diminished group escapes into the sunlight before most collapse

with grief. 

ARAGORN
Legolas, get them up.

BOROMIR
Give them a moment, for pity’s sake!

ARAGORN
By nightfall these hills will be swarming with orcs. We must reach the woods of

Lothlorien. Come Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, get them up! On your feet, Sam. Frodo?

FRODO has drawn away from the rest. Tears spill down his face.

ARAGORN jogs across a very cold stream to see LOTHLORIEN in the distance. After

some travel, they enter LOTHLORIEN, a wood of silver trees.

GIMLI
Stay close, young hobbits. They say that a great sorceress lives in these woods,

an elf-witch of terrible power. All those who look upon her fall under her spell

GALADRIEL’s VOICE
Frodo

GIMLI
and are never seen again.

GALADRIEL’s VOICE
Your coming to us is as the footsteps of doom. You bring great evil here,

Ringbearer.

SAM
Mr. Frodo?

GIMLI
Well, here’s one dwarf she won’t ensnare so easily! I have the eyes of a hawk,

and the ears of a fox!

Suddenly, they are all surrounded by ELVES with drawn bows.

HALDIR
The dwarf breathes so loud we could have shot him in the dark.

The Fellowship is brought to a special chamber

HALDIR
Mae govannen, Legolas Thranduilion.
(Welcome Legolas, son of Thranduil.)

LEGOLAS
Govannas vin gwennen le, Haldir o Lorien.
(Our Fellowship stands in your debt, Haldir of Lorien)

HALDIR
A Aragorn in Dunedain istannen le ammen.
(Aragorn of the Dunedain. You are known to us.)

ARAGORN
Hennaid
(Thank you)

GIMLI
So much for the legendary courtesy of the Elves. Speak words we can all

understand!

HALDIR
We have not had dealings with the Dwarves since the Dark Days.

GIMLI
And you know what this Dwarf says to that? Ishkhaqwi ai durugnul, in khuzdul!
(A plague upon your necks!) 

ARAGORN
That was not so courteous.

HALDIR (to FRODO)
You bring great evil with you. You can go no further.

HALDIR walks off, but Aragorn follows and argues with him.

ARAGORN
Boe ammen veriad lin! Andelu i ven. Merin le telim. Henio, aniron boe ammen i

dulu lin!
(We need your protection! The road is dangerous. I wish we could depend on you.

Understand, we need your support!)

BOROMIR (to FRODO)
Gandalf’s death was not in vain. Nor would he have you give up hope. You carry a

heavy burden, Frodo. Don’t carry the weight of the dead.

HALDIR (to FRODO and company)
You will follow me.

The company is led through the woods by HALDIR, who suddenly stops and smiles

while looking over a ledge

HALDIR
Caras Galadhon, the heart of Elvendom on earth, realm of the Lord Celeborn and

of Galadriel, Lady of Light.

They enter the elf city in the trees, and are brought before CELEBORN and

GALADRIEL.

CELEBORN
The enemy knows you have entered here. What hope you had in secrecy is now gone.

Eight there are here, yet nine there were set out from Rivendell. Tell me, where

is Gandalf? For I much desire to speak with him. I can no longer see him from

afar.

GALADRIEL
Gandalf the Grey did not pass the borders of this land. He has fallen into

shadow.

LEGOLAS
He was taken by both shadow and flame. A balrog of Morgoth. For we went

needlessly into the net of Moria.

GALADRIEL
Needless were none of the deeds of Gandalf in life. We do not yet know his full

purpose. Do not let the great emptiness of Khadad-dum fill your heart, Gimli son

of Gloin. For the world has grown full of peril, and in all lands love is now

mingled with grief.

GALADRIEL looks at BOROMIR who begins to break down and cry.

CELEBORN
What now becomes of this Fellowship? Without Gandalf, hope is lost.

GALADRIEL
The quest stands upon the edge of a knife, stray but a little and it will fail,

to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the company is true. Do not let your

hearts be troubled. Go now, and rest, for you are weary with sorrow and much

toil. Tonight you will sleep in peace…

GALADRIEL (telepathically to only Frodo)
Welcome, Frodo of the Shire, one who has seen the Eye.

There is singing in the background while they camp, more comfortable on the

ground than in the trees.

ELVES
A Olorin i yaresse
(Olorin, who once was…)
Mentaner i Numeherui
(sent by the Lords of the West…)

LEGOLAS
A lament for Gandalf.

MERRY
What do they say about him?

LEGOLAS
I have not the heart to tell you. For me the grief is still too near.

ELVES
Tirien i Romenori (to guard the lands of the East…)
Maiarion i Oiosaila…(wisest of all Maiar…)
Mana elye etevanne…(what drove you to leave…)
Norie i melanelye? (that which you loved?)

SAM
I bet they don’t mention his fireworks. There should be a verse about them. „The

finest rockets ever seen, they burst in stars of blue and green. Or after

thunder, silver showers, came falling like a rain of flowers…“ oh that doesn’t

do them justice by a long road. 

ARAGORN (to BOROMIR)
Take some rest. These borders are well protected.

BOROMIR
I will find no rest here. I heard a voice inside my head. She spoke of my father

and the fall of Gondor. She said to me, even now, there is hope left, but I

cannot see it. It is long since we had any hope. My father is a noble man, but

his rule is failing, and now our… our people lose faith. He looks to me to

make things right, and I would do it, I would see the glory of Gondor restored.

Have you ever seen it, Aragorn? The White Tower of Ecthelion glimmering like a

spike of pearl and silver, its banners caught high in the morning breeze? Have

you ever been called home by the clear ringing of silver trumpets?

ARAGORN
I have seen the White City, long ago.

BOROMIR
One day, our paths will lead us there, and the tower guard shall take up the

call, ‘the lords of Gondor have returned!’

The company sleeps, and when GALADRIEL passes, only FRODO wakes. He follows her

to a basin set in stone, which she fills with water from a silver urn.

GALADRIEL
Will you look into the mirror?

FRODO
What will I see?

GALADRIEL
Even the wisest cannot tell, for the mirror shows many things. Things that were,

things that are, and some things that have not yet come to pass. 

FRODO looks into the mirror, and sees LEGOLAS, MERRY and PIPPIN, then SAM. The

Shire as it was, then the Shire ravaged, overrun with ORCS, and SAM in chains.

Then the EYE appears, and the RING grows heavier, trying to pull itself down

into the mirror. FRODO snatches it away, falls backward onto the ground.

GALADRIEL
I know what it is you saw, for it is also in my mind. It is what will come to

pass if you should fail. The Fellowship is breaking. It has already begun. He

will try to take the Ring. You know of whom I speak. One by one, it will destroy

them all.

FRODO
If you ask it of me, I will give you the One Ring.

GALADRIEL
You offer it to me freely. I do not deny that my heart has greatly desired this.

A dark light falls over her.

GALADRIEL
In place of a Dark Lord, you will have a queen, not dark but beautiful and

terrible as the dawn! Treacherous as the sea. Stronger than the foundations of

the earth! All shall love me and despair!

GALADRIEL backs away from the Ring, but for a moment, she looks old, and it

seems to bring her no joy to have done the right thing.

GALADRIEL
I passed the test. I will diminish, and go into the west, and remain Galadriel.

FRODO
I cannot do this alone.

GALADRIEL
You are a Ringbearer, Frodo. To bear a ring of power is to be alone.

GALADRIEL holds out her hand to reveal that she bears a Ring as well

GALADRIEL
This is Nenya, the Ring of Adamant. And I am its keeper. This task was appointed

to you, and if you do not find a way, no one will.

FRODO
Then, I know what I must do. It’s just… I am afraid to do it.

GALADRIEL
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

SARUMAN (to LURTZ)
Do you know how orcs first came into being? They were elves once, taken by the

dark powers, tortured, and mutilated. A ruined and terrible form of life. And

now perfected, my fighting Uruk- Hai. Whom do you serve?

LURTZ
Saruman.

SARUMAN addresses the army of equipped URUK-HAI.

SARUMAN
Hunt them down. Do not stop until they are found. You do not know pain, you do

not know fear, you will taste man-flesh! 

SARUMAN (to LURTZ)
One of the halflings carries something of great value. Bring them to me alive,

and unspoiled, Kill the others.

The company prepares to depart aboard three boats

CELEBORN gives the Fellowship Elven cloaks

CELEBORN
Never before have we clad strangers in the garb of our own people. May these

cloaks shield you from unfriendly eyes.

LEGOLAS loads up some bundles of food into the boats.

LEGOLAS (to MERRY and PIPPIN)
Lembas! Elvish waybread. One small bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown

man.

MERRY (to PIPPIN)
How many did you eat?

PIPPIN
Four.

CELEBORN (to ARAGORN)
Every league you travel south, the danger will increase. Mordor Orcs now patrol

the eastern shore of the Anduin. Nor will you find safety on the western bank.

Strange creatures bearing the White Hand have been seen on our borders. Seldom

do the orcs journey in the open sun, yet these have done so.

CELEBORN hands ARAGORN a dagger

CELEBORN
Le aphadar aen. (You are being tracked.) By river you have the chance of

outrunning the enemy to the Falls of Rauros.

The Fellowship departs. Flashbacks to gift-giving are shown

GALADRIEL
My gift to you, Legolas, is a bow of the Galadhrim, worthy of the skill of our

woodland kin. (To MERRY and PIPPIN) These are the daggers of Noldorin. They have

already seen service in war. Do not fear, young Peregrin Took. You will find

your courage. And for you, Samwise Gamgee, Elven rope made of hithlain.

SAM
Thank you, my lady. Have you run out of those nice shiny daggers?

GALADRIEL (to GIMLI)
And what gift would a dwarf ask of the Elves?

GIMLI
Nothing. Except to look upon the lady fo the Galadhrim one last time. For she is

more fair than all the jewels beneath the earth. Actually… there was one

thing.. er.. no, no I couldn’t. It’s quite impossible. Stupid to ask.

GIMLI is shown in his boat thinking about the gift giving sequence. Flashback to

GALADRIEL speaking to ARAGORN

GALADRIEL
I have nothing greater to give than the gift you already bear. Am meleth din. I

ant e-guil Arwen Undomiel pelitha.
(For her love, I fear the grace of Arwen Evenstar will diminish.)

ARAGORN
Aniron i e broniatha ar periatham amar hen. Aniron e ciratha a Valannor.
)(I would have her leave these shores and be with her people. I would have her

take the ship to Valinor.)

GALADRIEL
That choice is yet before her. You have your own choice to make, Aragorn. To

rise above the height of all your fathers since the days of Elendil, or to fall

into darkness with all that is left of your kin. Namarie. Oniatha i gerich. Dan,

u-‘eveditham, Elessar (Farewell. There is much you have yet to do. We shall not

meet again, Elessar.)

GALADRIEL
Farewell, Frodo Baggins. I give you the light of Earendil, our most beloved

star. Numarie. May it be a light for you in dark places, where all other lights

go out.

End of Flashback

GIMLI
I have taken my worst wound at this parting, having looked my last upon that

which is fairest. Henceforth I will call nothing fair unless it be her gift to

me.

LEGOLAS
What was her gift?

GIMLI
I asked her for one hair from her golden head. She gave me three.

LEGOLAS smiles

The URUK-HAI are on the march.

The Fellowship is shown camped on the western shore. BOROMIR spots GOLLUM

floating by on a log

ARAGORN
Gollum. He has tracked us since Moria. I had hoped he would lose him on the

river. But he’s too clever a waterman.

BOROMIR
And if he alerts the enemy to our whereabouts it will make the crossing even

more dangerous.

SAM
Have some food, Mr. Frodo.

FRODO
No, Sam.

SAM
You haven’t eaten anything all day. You’re not sleeping neither. Don’t think I

haven’t noticed. Mr. Frodo…

FRODO
I’m alright.

SAM
But you’re not. I’m here to help you. I promised Gandalf that I would.

FRODO
You can’t help me, Sam. Not this time. Get some sleep.

BOROMIR (to ARAGORN)
Minas Tirith is the safer road. You know that. From there we can regroup. Strike

out from Mordor from a place of strength.

ARAGORN
There is no strength in Gondor that can avail us.

BOROMIR
You were quick enough to trust the elves! Have you so little faith in your

people? Yes, there is weakness. There is frailty. But there is courage also, and

honor to be among Men. But you will not see that.

ARAGORN tries to walk away, but BOROMIR pulls him back.

BOROMIR
You are afraid! All your life you have hidden in the shadows. Scared of who you

are, of what you are.

ARAGORN
I will not lead the Ring within a hundred leagues of your city.

They continue down the river in their boats

The company comes to a bend in the river and ARAGORN taps FRODO’s shoulder.

ARAGORN
Frodo, the Argonath. Long have I desired to look upon the kings of old, my kin.

There are two enormous statues of MEN in armor flanking the river, their left

hands outstretched in a gesture of warding. The company goes past them, into a

lake, where they find an old moorage and beach their boats. 

ARAGORN
We cross the lake at nightfall, hide the boats, and continue on foot. We

approach Mordor from the north.

GIMLI
Oh yes? Just a simple matter of finding our way through Emyn Muil, an impassable

labyrinth of razor-sharp rocks?! And after that, it gets even better! Festering,

stinking marshlands as far as the eye can see!

ARAGORN
That is our road. I suggest take some rest, and recover your strength, Master

Dwarf

GIMLI
Recover my…?! Phrrr

LEGOLAS (to ARAGORN)
We should leave now.

ARAGORN
No. Orcs patrol the eastern shore. We must wait for cover of darkness.

LEGOLAS
It is not the eastern shore that worries me. A shadow and a threat has been

growing in my mind. Something draws near, I can feel it.

GIMLI
No dwarf need recover strength! Pay no heed to that, young hobbit.

MERRY returns from gathering firewood.

MERRY
Where is Frodo?

ARAGORN looks around and realizes BOROMIR is also missing.

FRODO walks in the forest, BOROMIR finds him.

BOROMIR
None of us should wander alone, you least of all. So much depends on you. Frodo?

I know why you seek solitude. You suffer, I see it day by day. You sure you do

not suffer needlessly? There are other ways, Frodo, other paths that we might

take.

FRODO
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? It’s madness.

FRODO
There is no other way.

BOROMIR
I only ask for the strength to defend my people! If you would but lend me the

Ring.

FRODO
No!

BOROMIR
Why do you recoil? I am no thief.

FRODO
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! Fool! It is not yours save by unhappy

chance. It could have been mine. It should be mine! Give it to me!

FRODO
No!

They struggle, FRODO puts on the Ring and disappears.

BOROMIR
I see your mind! You would take the Ring to Sauron! You will betray us! You go

to your death, and the death of us all! Curse you! Curse you and all the

halflings!

BOROMIR trips, and seems to recover himself.

BOROMIR
Frodo? Frodo? What have I done? Frodo, I’m sorry! Frodo!.

FRODO runs away, with the ring on. He hides atop a stone platform in the woods,

looks east and sees Barad Dur, an army of ORCS, and the EYE. He falls off the

platform and takes off the Ring.

ARAGORN
Frodo?

FRODO
It has taken Boromir.

ARAGORN
Where is the Ring?

FRODO backs away.

FRODO
Stay away!

ARAGORN
Frodo! I swore to protect you.

FRODO
Can you protect me from yourself? Would you destroy it?

THE RING
Aragorn… Aragorn… Elessar

ARAGORN
I would have gone with you to the end, into the very fires of Mordor.

FRODO
I know. Look after the others. Especially Sam, he will not understand.

ARAGORN sees Sting glowing blue

ARAGORN
Go, Frodo! Run! Run!

LURTZ
Find the halfling! Find the halfling! 

ARAGORN fights a lot of ORCS. When the ORCS return to hunting halflings, he

jumps off the platform onto them. LEGOLAS and GIMLI join him. When one ORC gets

too close to shoot, LEGOLAS stabs him in the eye with the arrow he is holding,

then puts it in his bow to kill the next one, too. FRODO runs away, sees MERRY

and PIPPIN hiding. 

MERRY
Frodo!

PIPPIN
Hide here, quick! Come on!

FRODO shakes his head.

PIPPIN
What’s he doing?

MERRY
He’s leaving.

PIPPIN
No!

MERRY
Pippin!

MERRY and PIPPIN come out into the open. Several Uruk-Hais are approaching. 

MERRY
Run, Frodo. Go on.

MERRY waves his arms at the approaching ORCS.

MERRY
Hey, you, over here!

PIPPIN
Hey!

MERRY
Over here!

PIPPIN
This way!

MERRY and PIPPIN run, leading a pack of ORCS. FRODO runs the other way.

PIPPIN
It’s working!

MERRY
I know it’s working, run!

The Orcs are about to get MERRY and PIPPIN, but then BOROMIR appears and starts

slaughtering the enemy. He winds his horn, but it only brings more enemies.

BOROMIR gets shot three times before he stops killing ORCS. MERRY and PIPPIN get

kidnapped, and all but one of the ORCS leave. Lurtz is going to finish him off,

but ARAGORN arrives and kills him.

BOROMIR
They took the little ones!

ARAGORN
Be still.

BOROMIR
Frodo. Where is Frodo?

ARAGORN
I let Frodo go.

BOROMIR
Then you did what I could not. I tried to take the Ring from him.

ARAGORN
The Ring is beyond our reach now.

BOROMIR
Forgive me. I did not see it. I have failed you all.

ARAGORN
No, Boromir. You fought bravely. You have kept your honor.

ARAGORN reaches to pull out one of the arrows, but BOROMIR stops him.

BOROMIR
Leave it. It is over. The world of men will fall. And all will come to darkness,

and 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.

BOROMIR
Our people? Our people.

ARAGORN gives BOROMIR back his sword.

BOROMIR
I would have followed you, my brother, my captain, my king!

BOROMIR dies.

ARAGORN
Be at peace, son of Gondor. They will look for his coming from the White Tower.

But he will not return.

FRODO at the boats, holding the Ring in his hand. SAM searching for him.

SAM
Frodo!

(Voiceover Flashback)

FRODO 
I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.

GANDALF
So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All

you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you.

(End of flashback)

FRODO regains his resolution, tucks the Ring in his pocket and jumps in a boat.

SAM arrives on shore.

SAM
Frodo, no! Frodo! Frodo!

FRODO
No, Sam.

SAM starts wading in.

FRODO
Go back, Sam. I’m going to Mordor alone!

SAM
Of course you are, and I’m coming with you!

SAM keeps going, well into the lake.

FRODO
You can’t swim! Sam! Sam!

SAM gets in over his head, FRODO turns around and pulls him into the boat.

SAM
I made a promise, Mr. Frodo. A promise! Don’t you leave him, Samwise Gamgee, and

I don’t mean to. I don’t mean to.

FRODO
Oh, Sam. Come on.

BOROMIR’s body, in one of the boats, floats over the waterfall. LEGOLAS pushes

the last boat to the water.

LEGOLAS
Hurry! Frodo and Sam have reached the eastern shore!

ARAGORN finishes putting on BOROMIR’s vambraces, with the white tree of Gondor.

LEGOLAS realizes that ARAGORN isn’t coming.

LEGOLAS
You mean not to follow them.

ARAGORN
Frodo’s fate is no longer in our hands.

GIMLI
Then it was all in vain. The Fellowship has failed.

ARAGORN
Not if we hold true to each other. We will not abandon Merry and Pippin to

torment and death. Not while we have strength left. Leave all that can be spared

behind. We travel light. Let’s hunt some orc.

GIMLI, LEGOLAS, and ARAGORN set off in pursuit. 

FRODO and SAM reach a height from which they can see the path ahead.

FRODO
Mordor. I hope the others find a safer road.

SAM
Strider will look after them.

FRODO
I don’t suppose we’ll ever see them again.

SAM
We may yet, Mr. Frodo. We may.

FRODO
Sam, I’m glad you’re with me.
 

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