The Fellowship of the Ring
Movie Script - Book One, Chapter I
A Long-Expected Party
Scenes 1, 2 and 3
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Scene 1:  The Shire, 60 years later   (Click HERE for the associated images)
Frodo: You're late!
Gandalf: A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins, nor is he early.
He arrives precisely when he means to.
Frodo: It's wonderful to see you Gandalf!
Gandalf: You didn't think I'd miss your Uncle Bilbo's Birthday?
Frodo: What news of the outside world - tell me everything!
Gandalf: Everything?  You are eager and curious for a hobbit
- most unnatural.

Well, what can I tell you.  Life in the wide world goes on much as it has this past age, full of it's own comings and goings.  Scarcely aware of the existence of hobbits, for which I am very thankful.

Scene 2:  Shire Landscapes   (Click HERE for the associated images)
Gandalf: Oh, a long-expected party.

So how is the old rascal.  I hear it's going to be a party
of special magnificence.
Frodo: You know Bilbo - he's got the whole place in an uproar.
Gandalf: Oh well, that should please him.
Frodo: Half the Shire has been invited.
Gandalf: Good gracious.
Frodo: He's up to something.
Gandalf: Really?  Mmmm...
Frodo: Alright then, keep your secrets.  Before you came along, we Bagginses were very well thought of.
Gandalf: Indeed..
Frodo: We never had any adventures or did anything unexpected.
Gandalf: 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 of the door.
Frodo: Whatever you did, you've been officially labelled a
disturber of the peace.
Children: Gandalf, Gandalf... fireworks...

(Gandalf fires off some fireworks, the children cheer, Proudfoots looking on)
Frodo: Gandalf, I'm glad you're back
Gandalf: So am I dear boy, so am I.

Scene 3:  Arrival at Bag End   (Click HERE for the associated images)
Gandalf: (bangs on door)
Bilbo: No thank you.  We don't want any more visitors, well-wishers or distant relations.
Gandalf: And what about very old friends?
Bilbo: Gandalf?
Gandalf: Bilbo Baggins
Bilbo: My dear Gandalf!
Gandalf: Good to see you - one hundred and eleven years old, I wouldn't believe it.  You haven't aged a day.
Bilbo: Come on, come in.  Welcome, welcome.  Tea?  Or maybe something a little stronger?  I've got a few bottles of the Old Winyards left.  1296 - very good year.  Almost as old as I am, it was laid down by my father.  What say we open one, eh?
Gandalf: Just tea, thank you.
Bilbo: ...expecting you last week...not that it matters, you come and go as you please...

You've caught me a bit unprepared, I'm afraid...

(muttering about jam, tarts and cheese, etc)

Oh no, we're alright.

I could make you some eggs if you'd like.  Gandalf?
Gandalf: Just tea, thank you...
Bilbo: Ah, right.  You don't mind if I do?
Gandalf: No, no, go right ahead...
Lobelia: Bilbo, Bilbo Baggins! (knocking on door)
Bilbo: I'm not at home

I've got to get away from these confounded relatives, hanging on the bell all day, never giving me a moments peace.

I want to see mountains again, mountains, Gandalf.  And then find somewhere quiet, where I can finish my book.

Oh tea...
Gandalf: So you mean to go through with your plan then?
Bilbo: Yes, yes, it's all in hand.  All the arrangements are made.
Gandalf: Frodo suspects something...
Bilbo: Course he does, he's a Baggins, not some blockheaded
Bracegirdle from Hardbottle.
Gandalf: You will tell him, won't you?
Bilbo: Yes, yes
Gandalf: He's very fond of you...
Bilbo: I know, he'd probably come with me if I asked him.  I think in his heart, Frodo's still in love with the Shire, the woods, the fields, little rivers...

I'm old Gandalf.  I know don't look it, but I'm beginning to feel it in my heart.  I feel...thin, sort of...stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.

I need a holiday, a very long holiday, and I don't expect
I shall return.  In fact, I mean not to.

(later that evening, sitting outside Bag End)

Old Toby, the finest weed in the Southfarthing.

Gandalf, my old friend, this will be a night to remember!

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