The Hobbit screenplay is our (the fans') attempt to create a fully functional screenplay for the director, most likely Peter Jackson, to utilize and gain insight from during pre-production of the yet even un-rumored 'The Hobbit' film. Now that may be a longshot but if anything our goal is to collaborate on the screenplay as a community to create what we as a whole would like to see and possibly encourage film-makers that this movie is indeed filmable and thus profitable.
We must be able to comprehend ideas as a whole and the process will get no where should everyone interject with their own radical ideas for the script. The movie is to be similar to that of The Lord of the Rings (film series) but geared towards a slightly younger audience just as J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was. The movie should run no longer than three to three and a half hours in length, although this will be difficult to determine when merely looking at a screenplay we must remember some things might have to be cut and the film will not be able to run on forever.
"Purists" - Copying The Hobbit word for word will get us no where. There will be scenes cut whether we like it or not and should we have the option of creating a screenplay that is terrible but is pure or a screenplay that has potential but leaves out something we must agree as a whole to choose the latter.
"Fanboys/Fangirls" - If you have not read Tolkien's works then please do not contribute. If you think Orlando Bloom should appear in The Hobbit because he's "so hot", well then please leave.
While the screenplay obviously will be broken into different scenes and simply not chapters I think at this early stage it is necessary to break down each chapter into points we need to get across and then we can go about merging these into a continuous flowing story.
- A prologue which details Smaug and the Dwarves.
- An opening similar to that of Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring could be interesting, where a narrator explains the plight of the Dwarves, perhaps contrasting it to the idylic life of Bilbo "Under-Hill"
- Once the script gets to a near-complete form we could have someone sketch the scenes.
- Open on Gandalf's recovery of Thráin's map from the dungeons of Dol Guldur?
- Cover the attack of the White Council on Dol Guldur as a side plotline.
- Possible cameos from various characters from Lord of the Rings alive at the time to give the audience more of a link to the Middle Earth they know (Characters like Aragorn and Arwen, Legolas, even Haldir. As well as members of the White Council like Saruman, Galadriel and Celeborn)
- Bilbo Baggins - Ian Holm, Warwick Davis, James McAvoy, David Tennant?
- Gandalf - Ian McKellen
- Thorin II Oakenshield - Anthony Hopkins(?)
- Gollum - Andy Serkis
- Smaug - Christopher Lee/Alan Rickman/Bill Nighy(?) Sean Connery/Andy Serkis /Tim Curry/Patrick Stewart
- Beorn - Brian Cox(?), Ron Perlman (?)
- Elrond - Hugo Weaving
- Thorin's twelve Dwarf companions
FADE IN: PROLOGUE
EXT. SOUTHWEST MIRKWOOD A vast patch of WOODLAND passes the camera, until a DARK TOWER on a HILL 1/4 the size of Barad-dûr looms in, only object covered in darkness.
It is DOL GULDUR.
Dark MIST creeps in, giving an awful chill to the viewer. But it is not just a tower, DARKNESS creeps all around, sounds of the deep FOREST awaken and a SCREECH is heard among the LUSH hills of MIRKWOOD shriveling the green plants.
EXT. MIRKWOOD A SPIDER LEG brushes away a few LEAVES. Camera pulls back to reveal a army of giant SPIDERS AND ORCS they serve the DARK LORD who lives in the HILL OF SORCERY.
EXT. ORC OUTPOST Several ORCS mill about a ramshackle watchtower. One of them turns uneasily. Rotate camera 90 degrees. On the road ahead, we see a DARK FIGURE. The Orcs stand at attention as the figure approaches the tower.
EXT. DOL GULDUR Again, we see the wicked tower again, the camera looks down on the ROAD in the middle of the FOREST, a RIDER CLOAKED IN ALL BLACK rides to the tower, he is KHAMUL, one of the NAZGUL: the DARK LORD’S most feared servants. EERIE MIST appears again, looking like a ghostly image. A FIGURE APPEARS all fair, and then turns into a BLACK CLADDED FIGURE he is the DARK LORD. He stands on top of DOL GULDUR and the camera pans around him.
The camera pulls back, a blinding LIGHT appears and then there is DARKNESS once again, and the RIDER can be seen climbing the HILL to the DARK LORD’S TOWER and entering it.
FADE IN: EXT. ORTHANC Camera pans around ORTHANC and zooms in a big window in ORTHANC, ORATHANC'S surroundings are lush green. Focus on the tower, then on it's balcony.
INT. SARUMAN'S CHAIR ROOM Old, wise MEN are seated around, and in the center-north, seats SARUMAN THE WISE
The WIZARDS shout and curse in their old tongues.
SARUMAN [angry expression, stands up and room darkens] "SILENCE!"
All of the ORDER sit.
GANDALF raises his hand to speak.
SARUMAN [points at GANDALF] "Yes."
GANDALF "So then it is decided" [he looks tiredfaced after the argument with the ISTARI]
GANDALF "It is kind you should think of my trouble Saruman, I will manage myself."
SARUMAN [smiles at everyone] "Good, it is agreed."
EXT. ORTHANC The ISTARI depart from ORTHANC after SARUMAN has an idle chat before they leave. GANDALF prepares to depart on his HORSE-
SARUMAN [puts his hand on GANDALF'S shoulder and smiles] My old friend, do not leave yet, I have a question for you.
GANDALF [takes SARUMAN'S hand off his shoulder] What is it?
SARUMAN [walks and talks] What hath Thorin son of Thrain requested you do?
GANDALF [stops, puts on a stern expression] To reclaim his father's jewels and kingdom under Erebor, I must go now, my old friend, I will see you with the Elves at Dol Guldur.
SARUMAN The wizards and I will be expecting you there.
GANDALF [mounts his HORSE, raises his hand and says] Farewell Saruman.
SARUMAN Farewell, travel light.
GANDALF rides away.
SARUMAN [quietly] Dark and difficult times these are, but we wizards of wise and, goodwill have a use.
An Unexpected Party
- Introduce Bilbo Baggins.
- Stress his fondness for food, slight forgetfulness, and comfortableness with his current situation yet could use an ever so slight bit of adventure.
- He should be smoking his pipe.
- Gandalf and Bilbo start talking.
- Gandalf offers Bilbo an adventure.
- Flustered Bilbo accidently invites the wizard for tea the next day.
- Bilbo forgets his invitation.
- 13 Dwarves invite themselves into his hobbit-hole followed by Gandalf.
- They have tea and act merry while Bilbo stays confused but enjoys the music.
- Bilbo doesn't like the sound of not returning for this adventure he was signed up for and acts snobbish as if he intended not to go yet when the Dwarves suggest he is not capable of this adventure of great danger he perks up for his pride.
- Gandalf states there is more to Bilbo than most see.
- Brief history of Smaug in the Lonely Mountain atop his treasures the Dwarves once owned.
- Gandalf gives Thorin a map and a small key.
SUPER: THE HOBBIT
EXT. BAG END
<ANGLE ON: BILBO smoking his PIPE outside the front door of BAG END and GANDALF pushes open the fence door and walks towards BILBO>
BILBO: Good morning! [He says with expression]
GANDALF [shortly]: Yes, it is indeed, but that is not why I am here; I have a proposition for you.
BILBO:For me? [Takes his pipe out of his mouth] And what is your business with me? I am quite comfortable here, thank you. [Puts pipe back in, leans back, and blows several smoke-rings]
GANDALF [looks at rings]: Very pretty. [looks down at BILBO] But I have no time for smoke-rings. As for my business, it is my own. As for the business I offer, you shall profit indeed from it, if you have got a good head about you.
BILBO: Profit? Good head? [At this his eyebrows raise, but though still looking bored is a bit more interested] And who are you?
GANDALF: I am — Gandalf.
BILBO: [Jumps in surprise, almost dropping his pipe] Gandalf! Dear me! Not that Gandalf that made such particularly wonderful fireworks! Ah, the colors and the beauty at the Old Took's birthday! Gandalf! [Pauses, and continues in an undertone] Not that Gandalf who also gave the Old Took a pair of diamond studs. They never came off until ordered! Dear me! Not that Gandalf that caused so many young hobbits to go on [says word slowly and even lower, as if it is taboo] "adventures". [Aloud] Not the Gandalf that gave the Old Took that belt! It never came off! Yes, Gandalf! I beg your pardon; I had no idea you were still in business!
GANDALF: And where else would I be? I am glad you remember me, if it is only for my fireworks. And I know you, Mister Bilbo Baggins, and I knew your mother Belladonna Took.
BILBO: Ah, yes, of course. Naturally you would know her, since the Tooks often go on... adventures. But when she married my father she set herself straight. What is finer than a nice comfortable hobbit-hole, with a kettle over the stove, and a sunny day perfect for blowing smoke-rings!
GANDALF [keenly]: Perhaps you do not have any of your mother in you, Bilbo.
BILBO [hurt but seemingly proud]: Well, all say I take after my father. Say nothing unexpected, and do nothing unexpected, and that is the secret to life.
GANDALF: Hmm. Well, what there is; I shall soon wake up.
BILBO: [Drops his pipe] Wake up? I beg your pardon!
GANDALF: I shall go so far as to send you on this adventure. I grant you what you asked for, and my pardon you have. You shall find this adventure quite profitable, and I daresay good for you.
BILBO [flustered]: [Stands up] Come back tomorrow! [fumbles for the knob to his door] At tea-time, would you! [Goes backwards through his door and shuts it]
GANDALF [Chuckling softly]: Dear old Belladonna's son! [Scratches mark on the door with his staff, goes off chuckling]
INT. BAG END
BILBO: [Slumps against door, slaps his hand in grief] What on earth did I ask him to tea for!
EXT. BAG END ANGLE ON: The green little door has a sign on it: GANDALF TEA WEDNESDAY
CAMERA pulls back to reveal GANDALF, he rings the doorbell.
INT. BAG END BILBO fumbles and flips with FULL TEA KETTLES and FOOD.
BILBO: [weary expression] Oh, Gandalf! Oh my word!
BILBO opens door.
Two DWARVES, who are later known as DWALIN and BALIN appear at the door.
DWALIN and BALIN: We are at your service! [Bow down]
BILBO: Bilbo at yours. [Bows down]
They come in.
DWALIN: You'd best leave the door open, there are others.
BILBO: [shocked] Others? How many?
BILBO: Come on in now! I got lots of cakes and tea! [Whispers to GANDALF]: Gandalf, I did ask only you to come, did I!
GANDALF: [Whispers back] Yes you did, but you didn't say I couldn't bring any guests! [He smiles]
[BILBO'S expression turns even more tired.]
The DOORBELL rings. Bilbo opens the door, and finds two more DWARVES, later known as FILI and KILI.
FILI and KILI We are at your service.
Angle on coat hanger, where two dwarf coats are placed. Turn to the other two dwarf coats.
- Bilbo awakes to a large mess he has to clean up or he awakens to no mess and simply thinks it was a dream?
- Finds a note stating he needs to go to the Green Dragon Inn at 11:00 AM and he will be promised 1/14th of the share of gold.
- They begin their journey on ponies and shortly after it, Gandalf disappears.
- They are out of luck and can't get a fire going and a pony with a lot of their food bolts.
- They see a light in the distance and Bilbo is sent to investigate, it turns out to be three Trolls and is caught trying to steal a purse.
- The trolls begin to fight amongst theirselves on how to eat Bilbo and the Dwarves (hearing the commotion) and are captured.
- Bilbo and Thorin are not captured but try to fight and are caught easily enough.
- Gandalf returns and mimicks the Trolls' voices so they will argue amongst theirselves until the morning sun rises and they turn to stone.
- They find the Trolls' cave but are unable to get into it even with Gandalf's help until Bilbo finds a key.
- Inside the cave is food and treasure, Thorin and Gandalf both take a sword and Bilbo acquires Sting.
- In this chapter we need to focus on Bilbo's early rise to heroic stature, Gandalf's mysteriousness and Thorin's bravery and companionship with his fellow Dwarves.
- Elves in The Hobbit appear either silly (Rivendell) or hostile (Mirkwood) These characteristics do not appear in the Lord of the Rings, in which they appear as a dignified race
INT. HOBBIT HOLE
STACKS after STACKS of PLATES and POTS are around, BILBO wakes up to find the mess that he needs to clean up.
BILBO: Darn those dwarves, making a mess of my hole!
- Gandalf suddenly appears when BILBO is dusting the FIREPLACE.
GANDALF: My dear Bilbo, would you be so kind to look on the mantelpiece and peek in the envelope sitting there.
- Bilbo opens the ENVELOPE on the mantelpiece:
Dear Mr. Baggins,
Hullo Burglar Bilbo! For your hospitality we give you our sincerest thanks, and for your offer of professional assistance, we gratefully accept.
TERMS: Cash will not exceed 1/14 of the share.
We shall await you at The Green Dragon, Bywater 11:00 sharp.
Trusting that you will be punctual.
Thorin and Co.
Gandalf: No time for that! Off you go, you still got ten minutes!
- Gandalf throws Bilbo out of his hobbit hole and onto the road.
Move your feet please, Bilbo, we wouldn't want to
EXT. ENTRANCE TO HOBBITON GANDALF and the DWARVES and BILBO ride on their steeds out of the SHIRE, to LANDS BEYOND. A HOBBIT turns from his work in the fields, and looks oddly at Bilbo in the company of the dwarves and wizards. As they cross the Brandywine Bridge, Bilbo takes one glance at the Shire, sighs, and heads off.
EXT. "LANDS BEYOND" They pass old Weathertop, trot along the misty hills, meet queer folk, then set off, and it starts to RAIN.
BILBO: [crossly] To think it will be June soon. I'm sure the rain has got into the foodbags.
INT. TROLLSHAWS They stop in a little patch of wood called TROLLSHAWS, it grows dark and there is still RAIN pouring. There is a FLASH of lighting.
DWALIN: What lands are these Thorin? [A crack of thunder is heard]
THORIN: These parts are not known well, old maps have no use for these lands, we'll just camp here tonight.
They set up a FIRE, but it doesn't work when the RAIN is pouring. OIN takes the MATCH.
OIN: Let me try, Gloin.
BALIN: Look, a light in the distance!
'KÍLI: It could be travelers.
FÍLI: Not in these parts. Send the burglar!
The rest of the dwarves exclaim, ‘ The burglar!’
THORIN: Well Mr Baggins, this is you first job, find out what that light is. If it’s safe hoot once like an Owl, if it is unsafe just come back. If you can’t come back hoot twice and we will do what we can.
Bilbo finds himself sneaking towards the light cautiously.
BILBO: ‘If you can’t come back!! But I can’t hoot like an Owl’.
INT: TROLL CAMP Bilbo wanders toward the light. He finds three GIANT TROLLS around a fire eating.
BILBO: Oh, what giant trolls! I’d better tell the dwarves. Oh, but they will say a real first class burglar would have picked the trolls pockets. Wait! There’s a wallet and probably a flint. Just what we need for the fire.
As Bilbo sneaks up on the trolls he overhears them talking.
TOM: Mutton yesterday, Mutton today and blimey if it don’t look like mutton again tomorrow. Not one blinking bit of man flesh have we had.
BERT: Shut up Tom. you can’t expect people just to walk up to us and get eaten; besides. it was Williams’s idea to come up here.
Bilbo is just about to take the Wallet when William finds him.
WILLIAM: Blimey look what I’ve copped.
BILBO: Oh my! HOOT HOOT
BERT: What is it?
TOM: Let’s cook it and find out!
The dwarves hear Bilbo’s hoots and follow the light but are picked up one by one by the trolls and bound. Last to come is Thorin, who doesn’t go without a fight. He takes out Tom’s eye but in the end Bert catches him.
TOM: Yes! Something aside from mutton.
BERT: They’ll make a fine feast!
TOM: How should we cook them?
WILLIAM: Boil ‘em!
BERT: Stew ‘em!
TOM: Sit on 'em one by one!
WILLIAM: Throw 'em on a spit!
BERT: Mince 'em into a pie!
TOM Eat 'em now!
BERT: You idiot! [hits Tom on the head] They need to be prepared!
As the trolls argue Gandalf appears from the bushes and casts a daylight spell on the trolls and they turn to stone.
. During all of this Bilbo manages to get away and hide up a tree.
Gandalf helps him down from the tree.
BILBO: Gandalf! It was you who turned the trolls into stone!
GANDALF: Not exactly, it was more the daylight that did it. You see. trolls can’t stay in the light too long or they turn to stone, so I just made light come little more swiftly this morning. The trolls must have a hidden cave somewhere and there might be a few provisions we could take.
FÍLI: There’s footprints’ leading up to that cave!
Everyone makes their way up to the cave. They find a hoard of gold, many swords and plenty of food.
Gandalf walks into the cave, and stares quizzically at a LONGSWORD leaning against the wall. He picks it up, examines the hilt, and straps it to his belt.
Thorin wanders the cave. He finds a sword lying on a sack. He looks at it.
THORIN: Such fine craftsmanship! I'll take this.
Thorin picks up the sword.
As the Dwarves pack the provisions into their packs Bilbo finds a small sword with beautifully carved symbols on it. Bilbo takes it own of it's sheath, examines it, and puts in back in.
Bilbo ties the sheath onto his belt and puts the sword in it.
Just as the dwarves sit down to start telling the story of last night.
GANDALF: Come friends. you can talk on the way we must reach an old friend of mine Elrond of Rivendell who could help unlock some of the secrets in Thorin’ map.
THORIN: PHA! Elves, they know nothing of caves and mountains.
GANDALF: Don’t be so sure Thorin. Elrond will be able to read the runes on the map and give us hospitality for a few nights to prepare us for the next leg of our journey, The Misty Mountains.
BILBO: Misty! I don’t like the sound of that.
They travel on through wilderland. Bilbo stares in awe at the mountains before him.
BILBO: Is that the Lonely Mountain?
THORIN: No. Those are the Misty Mountains. Beyond that is the forest of Mirkwood, and beyond that is the Lonely Mountain.
Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves come to Rivendell.
Bilbo feasts his eyes on the most wonderful sight he has ever seen, beautifully carved wooden houses surrounded by rivers and forests.
GANDALF: Welcome my friends to Rivendell, the house of Elrond, home of the Elves.
As the company moves closer to Rivendell elves start to appear from the trees.
Elrond waits at the front of his house. Bilbo turns, and his eyes meet with that of an Elven woman. She is ARWEN, daughter of Elrond.
ELROND: Welcome my friends. I am sure you are hungry. Please come in and sit down.
After a delicious meal Gandalf, Thorin, Elrond and Bilbo sit down and look at the map.
Elrond examines the map in great detail.
ELROND: So, you are on a quest for Erebor?
THORIN: That's the Lonely Mountain.
A Short Rest
BILBO: Oh,this is the Last Homely House! It would be delightful to live here someday. Maybe even I will someday, when I get an urge for the beauty of a valley.
Over Hill & Under Hill
EXT MOUNTAIN LEDGE We see Gandalf ushering the dwarves into the cave, with Bilbo last. Gandalf enters as camera pulls back. We see the figure of a GOBLIN, watching the group enter.
EXT CAVE The group settles down. Bilbo lies down on the floor for a good night's sleep when THORIN steps on him accidentally.
BILBO: Hey, that was my leg!
THORIN: Sorry, master Baggins.
The group goes to sleep.
Bilbo wakes up, and looks around. Suddenly, a GREAT CRACK appears in the cave wall. Out of it pour GOBLINS. They grab the dwarves and Bilbo.
BILBO: THORIN! GANDALF!
GOBLIN: Shut up, you filthy maggot!
Bilbo watches the remaining goblins rush Gandalf. Suddenly, the wizard springs to his feet, and with a blast of lightning from his staff, kills the goblins. He turns to the wall, and finds it untouched.
EXT GOBLIN TUNNEL Bilbo is dragged roughly by a GOBLIN by his hands. He looks forward, and sees torches and MORE GOBLINS up ahead.
EXT GREAT GOBLIN'S CAVE Bilbo and the dwarves are dragged into the cavern, and thrown against the wall. A GOBLIN kicks Bilbo in the stomach. The other goblins make snickering sounds as a GOBLIN SPEARMAN prods Bilbo's chest with his spear. Suddenly, the goblins cower, and move back. A LARGE GOBLIN walks up in front of the dwarves. He is the GOBLIN KING.
GOBLIN KING: What do we have here? Dwarves? Hmm?
GOBLIN: We caught 'em trespassin' on the front porch! Several of our people are dead as stones, and he hasn't explained this!
Riddles in the Dark
Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire
Flies & Spiders
Barrels Out of Bound
As stated previously in 'random thoughts' “Cover the attack of the White Council on Dol Guldur as a side plotline.” This would be the prefect opportunity as the chapter is often considered boring
A Warm Welcome
On the Doorstep
Not at Home
Fire & Water
Bard should be standing on the farthest edge of the dock. Just as Bard begins to shoot, Smaug should dive down. Bard would shoot him in his soft spot and Smaug would crash onto the dock causing it to collapse and causing a huge wave of water as he and Bard plummet into the water. Although it would seem that Bard is lost, he would grab onto some driftwood and stay afloat.
The Gathering of the Clouds
A Thief in the Night
The Clouds Burst
This Chapter includes 'The Battle of the Five Armies' and a good opportunity to reveal the glory of the elven and dwarven armies.