User:Amroth/Screenplays/Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring/A Short Cut to Mushrooms
EXT. FARMER'S FIELDS -- DAY
Wide on: Frodo and Sam walking along a country lane which
borders Farmer Maggot's Fields. Sam is looking up...Frodo has
disappeared around a corner in the lane.
Mr. Frodo. Mr. Frodo! Frodo turns,
surprised as Sam comes running towards
I thought I lost you. Frodo looks at Sam
suspiciously. Sam glances down,
What are you talking about?
It's just something Gandalf said...
What did he say?
He said..."Don't you leave him, Samwise
(looks at Frodo intently)
And I don't mean to.
Sam...we're still in the Shire...what
could possibly happen?
SUDDENLY! A figure comes crashing out of a hedgerow sending
Frodo flying. Frodo picks himself up, only to be knocked back
down again by Pippin.
Frodo! Merry, it's Frodo Baggins.
Merry, Pippin, and Frodo picking themselves up... a variety
of vegetables have scattered everywhere.
What's the meaning of this!
Sam, hold this...
Merry gives Sam a large cabbage.
You've been into Farmer Maggot's crop!
A large pitchfork can be seen racing towards them along the
Hedgerow...angry shouts from Farmer Maggot.
FARMER MAGGOT (O.S.)
Who's that in my field! Get out of it!
Get out of my field, you young varmits!
I'll show you...get out of my corn.
Merry and Pippin hurriedly gather their booty and race
away...with Frodo and Sam on their heels.
(looking behind him)
I don't know why he's so upset, it's only
a couple of carrots.
And some cabbages...and those three bags
of potatoes that we lifted last week.
And then the mushrooms the week before.
Yes, Pippin, my point is, he's clearly
The BAYING OF LARGE DOGS sounds!
EXT. WOODED ROAD -- DAY
Frodo, Sam, and Merry and Pippin tumble head over heels down
a bank, onto a dark, wooded road. CLOSE ON: A winded Pippin,
his face inches away from a large pile of Horse droppings...
That was close.
Frodo picks himself up and looks around quickly.
Ow...I think I've broken something.
Pulls a LARGE CARROT, almost broken through in the middle,
out from his back pocket.
(turning on Merry and Pippin)
Trust a Brandybuck and a Took.
What? That was just a detour...a
A shortcut to what?
Pippin has spied something under the trees on the far side of
CLOSE ON: SMALL, brown mushrooms growing amongst the Loamy
undergrowth. Sam, Merry, and Pippin race toward the
mushrooms! Frodo is tense and watchful. He realizes they are
on a wooded road. Scattered leaves rise into the air Whirling
down the road as if blown by an invisible wind...
SUDDENLY... THE SOUND OF HORSES HOOVES...
I think we should get off the road.
A long drawn WAIL comes down the wind, like the cry of some
evil and lonely creature.
Get off the road!
Sam grabs Merry and Pippin as the Hobbits quickly scramble
down the bank, hiding under a mossy log. THE SOUND OF HOOVES
is close... A sinister MOUNTED RINGWRATH steps into
view...hooded and faceless, mounted on a huge snarling black
horse with insane eyes ! Frodo freezes in terror. The
RINGWRAITH pauses right beside their hiding place...he sits
very still with his head bowed, listening. From inside the
hood comes a sniffing noise as if he is trying to catch an
elusive scent; his head turning from side to side.
CLOSE ON: FRODO
Beads of sweat gather on his brow. The ringwraith suddenly
slides off his horse, leaning over the mossy log, peering
suspiciously into the woods.
CLOSE ON: FRODO
He is drawing the ring out of his pocket, with trembling
hands...his face fevered and sweating as if in the grip of
some terrible INTERNAL STRUGGLE. The SOUND OF SNIFFING
intensifies as the ringwraith darts his head from side to
side like a bird of party.
CLOSE ON: FRODO SQUEEZING HIS EYES SHUT...
QUICK PSYCHIC BLASTS! AND EVIL DARK TOWER...A GREAT EYE...A
BURST OF FLAME.
ANGLE ON: SAM LOOKING AT FRODO WITH CONCERN
Merry desperately hurls the mushrooms across the road...the
ringwraith spins around at the sound, and darts to the far
side of the road with frightening speed. Frodo instantly
slumps...as if a PSYCHIC LINK had been broken
What was that?
Frodo is staring, a look of shock on his face at the ring
lying in the palm of his hand.