The Nazgûl (scene)

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The Nazgûl
Scene from
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings (film series) - Ringwraiths Enter Bree.jpg
Scene number13 (theatrical edition)
16 (extended edition)
Duration 3:24 (theatrical edition)
3:44 (extended edition)
Event The Ringwraiths attack the Prancing Pony; the hobbits leave Bree with Aragorn
Characters Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Ringwraiths
At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
The Midgewater Marshes

The Nazgûl is the fourteenth scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the sixteenth scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition).

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

The Nazgûl enter Bree, riding down the gatekeeper. They enter into the Prancing Pony, their terror overcoming Barliman Butterbur. The hobbits are shown to be sleeping as the Ringwraiths poise their blades above what seem to be the Hobbits and then stab downwards as Sam jolts awake. However, the hobbits are actually in another room entirely. The Ringwraiths have only stabbed empty beds. They yell out in anger as the other hobbits wake up. Aragorn briefly explains that the Ringwraiths were once great Men who were given Rings of Power. The rings converted their recipients into wraiths that are under the control of Sauron. They now exist solely to find the One Ring and will hunt Frodo as long as he bears it. Aragorn leads the Hobbits away from Bree as the sun dawns to get away from the Ringwraiths.

The hobbits escape from Bree. Merry and Frodo briefly discuss Aragorn's trustworthiness. Frodo decides to trust Aragorn for the moment. The hobbits briefly stop to make a second breakfast before Aragorn reprimands them. Eventually they reach the Midgewater Marshes.

Differences[edit | edit source]

  • In the books, the perpetrators of the attack at Bree are Men who work for the Nazgûl rather than the Nazgûl themselves.
  • Barliman Butterbur's role is drastically reduced. In the books, he assists the hobbits, but in the movie, he only appears once after his introduction, cowering from the Ringwraiths.
  • The explanation of the Ringwraiths does not come from Aragorn.
  • Snow is shown on the ground, but it is still the middle of October.
  • The second breakfast joke is original to the movies.
  • The dialogue regarding Aragorn's appearance takes place in the inn, not in the forest.