User:Amroth/Screenplays/Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring/The Shire
EXT. HOBBITON WOODS -- DAY
ANGLE ON: TWO HOBBIT FEET
resting on a small rock...rising out of the LONG, OVERGROWN
GRASSES SUPER: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING SUPER: THE
SHIRE....60 YEARS LATER CAMERA TRACKS TO: a Figure lies
beneath the dappled sunlight of an old tree.
White flowers are scattered among the Well seeded grasses.
An idyllic setting at the end of a long hot summer... the
figure is reading a book. ON THE SOUNDTRACK: In the distance,
growing louder..over the Gentle clip clop of an approaching
cart and horse can be heard the HUMMING OF A DEEP VOICE to
the tune of "The Road Goes Ever On and On..."
SUDDENLY! The figure in the grass sits up...looking straight
at camera is a handsome young HOBBIT, with dark curly hair
and deep blue eyes. This is FRODO BAGGINS...his EYES alight
with EXCITEMENT! Tossing away the long stem of grass in his
mouth, Frodo runs off.
EXT. SHIRE LANE -- DAY
The cart rattles along a leafy lane, driven by a stooped
figure in Grey.
INTERCUT WITH; SHOTS OF FRODO RUNNING... CAREERING DOWN A
HILL. . .JUMPING OVER LOGS... DODGING TREE BRANCHES.
The shambling OLD PONY snorts and rears as... SUDDENLY FRODO
appears on a bank above the cart.
CLOSE ON: GANDALF glowers at the young Hobbit...
A Wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins,
nor is he early. He arrives precisely
when he means to.
They look at each other a moment..then both start laughing as
FRODO'S face breaks into a smile and he leaps on to the front
seat of the cart.
It's wonderful to see you, Gandalf!
Next to Gandalf, we see how small Hobbits are...Frodo is 3
foot 6 inches tall.
You didn't think I'd miss your Uncle
EXT. HOBBITON FIELDS -- DAY
Wide on: The cart rattles past a FIELD LUPIN being tended by
What news of the outside world? Tell me
Gandalf looks down at Frodo, a twinkle in his eye.
What, everything? Far too eager and
curious for a Hobbit. Most unnatural...
Wide on: The cart rattles over a Stone bridge towards a Busy
GANDALF (V.O.) (CONT'D)
Well, what can I tell you? Life in the
wide world goes on much as if it has past
age. Full of its own comings and goings,
scarcely even aware of the existence of
Close on: Gandalf as he surveys the peaceful scene before
...for which I am very thankful.
Hobbits look up exclaiming in wonder and excitement as the
cart bearing Gandalf and Frodo rolls past the Green Dragon
Inn...towards... Wide on: The party field. Where scOrcs of
Hobbits are busy preparing for the big night.
Ah, the long expected party. So, how is
the old rascal? I hear it's going to be
a Party of Special Magnificence.
You know Bilbo...he's got he whole place
in an uproar.
Oh, well...that should please him.
Half the Shire's been invited...
Good gracious, me.
He's up to something.
Frodo shoots a knowing look, as Gandalf averts his eyes.
Alright then..keep your secrets. Before
you came along we Bagginses were very
well thought of.
Never had any adventures or did anything
If you're referring to the incident with
the Dragon...I was barely involved...all
I did was give your Uncle a little nudge
out the door.
Whatever you did...you've been officially
labelled as a Disturber of the Peace.
ODO PROUDFOOT looks up as the Cart passes by, deeply
EXT. HOBBITON -- DAY
As the cart rattles into the small village of Hobbiton...a
quaint rustic settlement, nestled amongst rolling green hills
and large trees.
The Hobbits live in Hobbit Holes: neat burrows dug into the
grassy hillside, with round doors and cute front gardens.
Excited children, chasing after the cart.
Gandalf ignOrcs the children's cries. The children stand
deflated, watching Gandalf disappear up the lane. At that
moment: spinning balls of bright color suddenly leap out of
the cart, fizzing over the heads of the delighted children.
Gandalf smiling to himself, well pleased with his joke. ODO
PROUDFOOT is unable to suppress a chuckle. Frodo stands up in
the cart as Gandalf reigns in the horse.
Gandalf... I'm glad you're back. Frodo
leaps expertly from the cart. Gandalf
So am I, dear boy...so am I