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INT. GREEN DRAGON INN -- NIGHT

ANGLE ON: ROSIE COTTON

bids the last of the Patron's "Goodnight"...Sam meets her
eyes for a moment as he and Frodo leave the inn.

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EXT. BAG END -- NIGHT

WIDE ON: FRODO FAREWELLS SAM outside Bag End, and heads
towards the front door. Creepy POV from inside Bag end: Frodo
coming up the path.

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INT. BAG END HALLWAY -- NIGHT

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FRODO enters Bag End...he immediately Pauses, sensing that
something is amiss. All is quiet...Frodo peers uneasily into
the darkened living room. SUDDENLY! A large figure looms out
of the shadows, reaching for Frodo. Frodo lets out a
startled cry, pulls himself free and spins around to face his
Assailant. Gandalf steps into a shaft of moonlight. Paranoia
blazes in his eyes. His clothes are dirty and ragged from
much traveling. Hair and beard much longer an unkempt.

                    GANDALF
              (urgent whisper)
          Is it secret? Is it safe?

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INT. BAG END LIVING ROOM -- NIGHT

Frodo pulls the envelope out of an old chest. Gandalf,
suspicious, Alert. Without a word, Gandalf takes the envelope
and tosses it into the fireplace!

                    FRODO
              (bewildered)
          What are you doing?

Flames instantly consume the envelope...revealing the ring,
as it sinks into the red hot embers. Gandalf reaches into the
fire with a pair of tongs...he lifts the ring out.

                    GANDALF
          Hold out your hand, Frodo...it is quite
          cool.

Gandalf drops the ring into Frodo's hand...he reacts to its
weight.

                    GANDALF (CONT'D)
          What can you see? Can you see anything?

                    FRODO
          Nothing...there's nothing. Wait...

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CLOSE ON: The Gold Band of the ring as fiery letters begin to
appear...a tiny inscription glows red...as if burning from
within.

                    GANDALF
          ...these are markings.

CLOSE ON: GANDALF...STILL...TENSE

                    FRO DO
          It's some form of Elvish...I can't read
          it.

                    GANDALF
              (ominous)
          There are few who can...the language is
          that of Mordor, which I will not utter
          here.

Mordor?

                    FRODO
          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."

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INT. BAG END KITCHEN -- NIGHT

CLOSE ON: The ring lies on Frodo's simple kitchen table.

                    GANDALF
          This is the one ring forged by the dark
          lord, Sauron, in the fires of Mt
          Doom...taken by Isildur from the hand of
          Sauron himself.

CLOSE ON: FRODO...STUNNED

                    FRODO
              (quiet realization)
          Bilbo found it...in Gollom's cave.

                    GANDALF
          For sixty years the ring lay quiet in
          Bilbo's keeping, prolonging his life,
          delaying old age...but no longer, Frodo.
          Evil is stirring in Mordor. The ring has
          awoken. It has heard its master's call.
                    (MORE)

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                    GANDALF (CONT'D)
          AT THAT MOMENT: A FLEETING, LOW WHISPER
          of BLACK SPEECH

emanates from the Ring. Frodo looks at Gandalf, each knowing
the other has heard it.

                     FRODO
          But he was destroyed...Sauron was
          destroyed.

ANGLE ON: THE RING

lies between them on the table.

                    GANDALF
          No, Frodo. The spirit of Sauron has
          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 the second
          darkness. He is seeking it, seeking it,
          all his thought is bent on it. For 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 out. SUDDENLY Frodo scoops up
          the Ring.

                     FRODO
          Alright!

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INT. BAG END LIVING ROOM -- NIGHT

ANGLE ON: FRODO

hurriedly entering the living room.

                    FRODO
              (thinking fast)
          We put it away, we keep it hidden! We
          never speak of it again. No one know
          it's here, do they? Gandalf shifts
          uncomfortably.

                    FRODO (CONT'D)
          Do they, Gandalf?

Gandalf looks at Frodo, sadly...



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                     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.

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INT. BARAD-DUR -- NIGHT

CLOSE ON: A teasing Glimpse of Gollum being tortured by the
Orcs. The wretched creature screams in pain.

                    GANDALF (V.O.)
          I don't know how long they tortured
          him...but amidst the endless screams and
          inane babble, they discerned two words.

                    GOLLUM
              (screaming)
          S...Shire! Baggins!

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INT. BAG END LIVING ROOM -- NIGHT

CLOSE ON: FRODO'S HORRIFIED FACE!

                     FRODO
          Shire! Baggins! That will lead them
          here!

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EXT. SHIRE LANE, SOUTH FARTHING -- NIGHT

IMAGE: On a dark country lane, a Hobbit bounder lifts his
watch lantern in alarm.

                      HOBBIT BOUNDER
          Halt! Who goes there?

Out of the darkness thunder two BLACK RIDERS...A LETHAL SWORD
swings down at the small Hobbit bounder.

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INT. BAG END LIVING ROOM -- NIGHT

FRODO thrusts the ring at Gandalf.

                     FRODO
          Take it! Take it!

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                    GANDALF
          No, Frodo...

                    FRODO
          You must take it.

                    GANDALF
          You cannot offer me this ring.

                    FRODO
          I'm giving it to you!

                    GANDALF
          Don't tempt me, Frodo. I dare not take
          it, not even to keep it safe.

CLOSE ON: THE RING IN FRODO'S HAND...

                    GANDALF
          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.

CLOSE ON: THE RING IN FRODO'S CLENCHED HAND.

                    FRODO
          What must I do?

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INT. FRODO'S BEDROOM -- NIGHT

ANGLE ON: FRODO

throwing clothes into a knapsack...Gandalf watches him,
making plans...

                    GANDALF
          You must leave, and leave quickly. Get
          out of the Shire.

                     FRODO
          Where? Where shall I go?

                    GANDALF
          Make for the village of Bree.

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                       FRODO
            Bree? What about you?

                      GANDALF
            I will, be waiting for you at the Inn of
            the Prancing Pony. Frodo packs his food
            into his knapsack.

                      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 go.

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INT. BAG END LIVING ROOM -- NIGHT

Frodo is preparing to leave.

                      GANDALF
            You'll have to leave the name of Baggins
            behind you...for that name is not safe
            outside the Shire. GANDALF helps FRODO
            into his coat.

                      GANDALF (CONT'D)
            Travel only by day and stay off the road.

                      FRODO
                (thinking)
            I can cut across country easily enough.

Gandalf looks at the young Hobbit, moved by his courage.

                      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.

SUDDENLY! A SOUND from outside.

                        GANDALF (CONT'D)
            Get down!

GANDALF FREEZES... he moves quietly towards the window, eyes
wide with tension. He raises his staff above the window, and
slams it down on the intruder. THERE IS A YELP OF PAIN!

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Gandalf hauls a small figure into the room...SAM GAMGEE
sprawls across the floor! He looks up in terror as Gandalf
looms over him.

                    GANDALF (CONT'D)
              (angry)
          Confound it all! Samwise Gamgee, have
          you been eavesdropping?

                    SAM
          I ain't been dropping no eaves, sir!
          Honest. I was just cutting the grass
          under the window there, if you follow
          me...

                    GANDALF
          It's a little late for trimming the
          hedges, don't you think?

                    SAM
          I heard raised voices...

                    GANDALF
          What did you hear? Speak!

                     SAM
              (panicked)
          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, Mr. Gandalf, sir, don't
          hurt me! Don't turn me into anything
          unnatural!

                    GANDALF
          No?

FRODO SMILES

                    GANDALF
          Perhaps not. I've thought of a better
          use for you.

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EXT. HOBBITON FIELDS -- PRE DAWN

Wide on: HOBBITON...shrouded in a white veil of MIST. WIDER:
To reveal Gandalf, Frodo and Sam hurrying across a ploughed
field, away from Hobbiton! Gandalf leads his Horse...Frodo
and Sam are carrying knapsacks.




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                    GANDALF (V.O.)
          Come along, Samwise...keep up...

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EXT. HOBBITON WOODS -- DAY

Gandalf leads Frodo and Sam under the cover of Woods.

                    GANDALF (V.O.)
          Be careful, both of you. The Enemy has
          many spies in his service, many ways of
          hearing...birds, beasts...

Gandalf takes Frodo to one side...

                    GANDALF (CONT'D)
              (low voice)
          Is it safe?

FRODO NODS...he pats his pocket.

                    GANDALF (CONT'D)
          Never put it on, for then the agents of
          the Dark Lord will be drawn to its
          power...Always remember, Frodo, the ring
          is trying to get back to its master...it
          wants to be found. Gandalf wheels his
          horse and gallops away.

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EXT. GREEN HILL COUNTRY -- DAY

MONTAGE: FRODO AND SAM hiking over the gentle Shire
Countryside...wading through a shallow stream...heating a
kettle over a small fire...clambering over stone walls.

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EXT. GREEN HILL COUNTRY -- AFTERNOON

Sam stops short...taking stock of his surroundings. Sam
looks back from where they came.

                    SAM
          This is it.

                    FRODO
          This is what?




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                    SAM
          If I take one more step it'll be the
          farthest away from home I've ever been.

FRODO gives Sam a pat on the shoulder.

                    FRODO
          Come on, Sam.

Sam takes a deep breath and steps forward. CLOSE ON: SAM'S
brown, furry foot hits the ground.

FRODO IS SMILING.

                    FRODO
          Remember what Bilbo used to say...it's a
          dangerous business...

Frodo and Sam continue their journey.

                    BILBO (V.O.)
          ... it's a dangerous business, Frodo,
          going out your door...you step onto the
          road, and if you don't keep your feet,
          there's not knowing where you might be
          swept off to.