The Fellowship of the Ring
Movie Script - Book One, Chapter II
The Shadow of the Past
Scenes 1 and 2
 
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Scene 1:  Frodo and Gandalf at Bag End; The Ring is Revealed as the One
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Rosie: Goodnight...  (to Sam and Frodo, at the Green Dragon)
 
Frodo: Goodnight, Sam...  (at the Bag End gate)
 
Gandalf: Is it secret?  Is it safe?
(his hand reaches out of the dark to grab Frodo's shoulder)
 
Frodo: Ahh... (when he finds it, after rifling through an old trunk)

What are you doing?
(as Gandalf throws the envelope into the fire)
 
Gandalf: Hold out your hand, Frodo.  It's quite cool...

What can you see?  Can you see anything...
 
Frodo: Nothing, there's nothing...

Wait...

There are markings.  It's some form of Elvish.
I can't read it.
 
Gandalf: There are few who can... The language is that of Mordor, which I will not utter here.
 
Frodo: Mordor?
 
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!

(but if Gandalf had used the language of Mordor,
 these are the words he would have spoken:

Ash nazg durbatulūk,
ash nazg gimbatul.
Ash nazg thrataulūk,
agh burzim-ishi krimpatul! )
 

Scene 2:  How the Ring came to Frodo;  Bounder meets Nazgūl;
               Gandalf catches Sam  
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Gandalf: This is the One Ring.  Forged by the Dark Lord Sauron in the fires of Mount Doom.  Taken by Isildur from the hand of Sauron himself.
 
Frodo: Bilbo found it... in Gollum'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's heard it's master's call.
 
Frodo: But he was destroyed, Sauron was destroyed...
 
The Ring: (whispers)
 
Gandalf: No, Frodo, the spirit of Sauron endured.  His life force is bound to the ring and the ring survived.  Sauron has returned. His orcs have multiplied.  His fortress of Barad-Dûr has been rebuilt, in the land of Mordor.

Sauron needs only this ring to cover all the lands of a second darkness... He is seeking it, seeking it;  all his thought is bent on it.  The ring yearns, above all else, to return to the hand of it's master.  They are one, the Ring and the Dark Lord.

Frodo, he must never find it...
 
Frodo: Alright, we put it away.  We keep it hidden.  We never speak of it again... No one knows its here, do they?
Do they, Gandalf?
 
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... I don't know how long they tortured him, but amidst the endless screams and and inane babble they discerned two words...
 
Gollum: Shire...  Baggins...
 
Frodo: Shire?  Baggins?  But that will lead them here...
 
Bounder: Who goes there?
(Ringwraiths ride him down and apparently kill him)
 
Frodo: Take it Gandalf, take it!  You must take it!
 
Gandalf: You cannot offer me this Ring...
 
Frodo: I am giving it to you!
 
Gandalf: Don't... tempt me, Frodo!

I dare not take it. Not even to keep it safe.
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.
 
Frodo: What must I do?
 
Gandalf: You must leave and leave quickly.
 
Frodo: Where?  Where do I go?
 
Gandalf: Get out of the Shire... Head for the village of Bree.
 
Frodo: Bree.  What about you...?
 
Gandalf: I'll be waiting there, at the Inn of the Prancing Pony.
 
Frodo: The ring will be safe there?
 
Gandalf: I don't know.  I don't have any answers, Frodo.
I must see the head of my order.  He is both wise and powerful.  Trust me, Frodo, he will know what to do.

Travel only by day... and stay off the road.
 
Frodo: I can cut across country easily enough...
 
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...

Get Down!  (after he hears a noise at the window)

Confound it all, Samwise Gamgee!
Have you been eavesdropping?
 
Sam: I ain't been droppin' no eaves, sir, honest. I was just cuttin' the grass under the window there, if you follow me...
 
Gandalf: A little late for trimming the verge, don't you think?
 
Sam: I heard raised voices...
 
Gandalf: What did you hear?  Speak!
 
Sam: Well, nothin' important... that is, I heard a good deal about a Ring and a Dark Lord and somethin' about the end of the world... But, please, Mr. Gandalf sir, don't hurt me...
don't turn me into anythin'... unnatural!
 
Gandalf: No?  Perhaps not... I've thought of a better use for you..
 

 
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