The Fellowship of the Ring
Movie Script - Book One, Chapter I
A Long-Expected Party
Scenes 4, 5 and 6
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Scene 4:  The Birthday Party (Part 1)   (Click HERE for the associated images)
Bilbo: (greeting guests, 'Lovely to see you', etc.)
Frodo: Go on, Sam - ask Rosie for a dance!
Sam: I think I'll just have another ale
Frodo: Oh no, you don't... Go on... (he pushes Sam onto the dance 'floor')
Gandalf: (sets off some large white fireworks, which spread out and zoom across 'The Water')
Bilbo: So there I was, at the mercy of three monstrous trolls, and they're all arguing amoungst themselves about how they were going to cook us, whether we'd be turned on a spit, or whether they should sit on us one by one and squash us into jelly

But they spent so much time arguing the whether-tos and why-fors that the sun's first light crept over the top of the trees - poof - and turned them all into stone
Gandalf: (sets off another small firework for the children)

Scene 5:  The Birthday Party (Part 2)   (Click HERE for the associated images)
Merry: Quickly (to Pippin, after boosting him up into cart)
No, no, the big one, big one... (they sneak away)
Pippin: Done (as Pippin lights the firework)
Merry: You're supposed to stick it in the ground
Pippin: It is in the ground
Merry: Outside!
Pippin: This was your idea (and off it goes - they shriek)

(The 'dragon' turns and swoops down on the hobbits,
who dash to get out of the way)
Frodo: Bilbo... (Frodo runs to find Bilbo)
Bilbo, watch out for the dragon
Bilbo: Dragon? Nonsense, there hasn't been a dragon in these parts for a thousand years...
Merry: That was good, lets get another one
Gandalf: (Gandalf grabs them by their ears)
Meriadoc Brandybuck... and Peregrin Took
- I might have known

(He puts them to work washing dishes
while he has a cup of tea)
Various: Speech, Bilbo... Speech, speech
Bilbo: My dear Bagginses and Boffins, Tooks and Brandybucks, Grubbs, Chubbs, Hornblowers, Bolgers, Bracegirdles, and Proudfoots...
Everard Proudfoot:  
Bilbo: Today is my one-hundred and eleventieth birthday.
Various: Happy Birthday!
Bilbo: Alas eleventy-one years is far too short a time to live amoung such excellent and admirable hobbits.

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve

(shot of confused looking hobbits)

I, uh..., I... have things to do...
(he is fingering the ring in his pocket)

I've put this off for far too long
(whispering, more or less to himself)

I regret to announce, this is the end.
I'm going now - I bid you all a very fond farewell.

Good-bye (this last quietly, to Frodo)

(he puts on the ring and vanishes)

Scene 6:  Bag End, After the Party;  Mordor, Black Riders, Minas Tirith
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Bilbo: ('Invisibly' opens gate and goes up steps,
reappears chuckling inside Bag End)
Gandalf: I suppose you think that was terribly clever...
Bilbo: Come on, Gandalf, did you see their faces!
Gandalf: There are many magic rings in this world, Bilbo Baggins, and NONE of them should be used lightly.
Bilbo: It was just a bit of fun.
Oh you're probably right, as usual

You will keep and eye on Frodo, won't you?
Gandalf: Two eyes, as often as I can spare them...
Bilbo: I'm leaving everything to him
Gandalf: What about this ring of yours, is that staying too?
Bilbo: Yes, yes, it's in an envelope over there on the mantlepiece
No, wait... it's here in my pocket...
Isn't that, isn't that odd...
After all, why not, why shouldn't I keep it...
Gandalf: I think you should leave the ring behind, Bilbo.
Is that so hard?
Bilbo: Well, no... and yes
Now it comes to it, I don't feel like parting with it.
It's mine, I found it, it came to me!
Gandalf: There's no need to get angry...
Bilbo: Well, if I'm angry, it's your fault!
It's mine, my own, my precious
Gandalf: Precious? It's been called that before, but not by you...
Bilbo: Argh! What business is it of yours
what I do with my own things?
Gandalf: I think you have had that ring quite long enough.
Bilbo: You want it for yourself!
Gandalf: Bilbo Baggins!!!
Do not take me for some conjurer of cheap tricks!!

(the room darkens)

I am NOT trying to rob you...
I'm trying to help you.
Bilbo: (He whimpers and hugs Gandalf)
Gandalf: All your long years, we've been friends,
Trust me, as you once did, mmm - let it go...
Bilbo: You're right Gandalf... The ring must go to Frodo.
It's late, the road is long. Yes, it is time...
Gandalf: Bilbo...
Bilbo: Hmm?
Gandalf: The ring is still in your pocket...
Bilbo: Oh, yes... (finally he drops it and it lands with a THUD)
(they go outside)

I've thought up an ending for my book:
And he lived happily ever after, to the end of his days.
Gandalf: And I'm sure you will, my dear friend.
Bilbo: Good-bye, Gandalf.
Gandalf: Good-bye, dear Bilbo.
Bilbo: (singing) The road goes ever on and on
down from the door where it began...
Gandalf: ...Until our next meeting

(Gandalf goes back in the house)
(He goes to pick up the ring and has a quick vision of the eye of Sauron)
(Gandalf sits down by the fireplace)

He hears Bilbo's voice: It's mine, my own, my precious

Gandalf mutters to himself:  Riddles in the dark...
Frodo: Bilbo, Bilbo...

(he comes in the door and sees the ring on the floor)
Gandalf: My precious (Gandalf, still muttering to himself)
Frodo: He's gone, hasn't he.
He talked for so long about leaving,
I didn't think he'd really do it.

Gandalf: Hmm..., Bilbo's ring... He's gone to stay with the elves.
He's left you Bag End (Gandalf holds out an envelope),
along with all his possessions.
Frodo: (He puts the Ring in the envelope and Gandalf seals it with some wax)
Gandalf: The ring is yours now. Put it somewhere out of sight.
Frodo: Where are you going?
Gandalf: There are some things that I must see to...
Frodo: What things?
Gandalf: Questions, questions that need answering.
Frodo: You've only just arrived. I don't understand...
Gandalf: Neither do I.

Keep it secret, keep it safe.

(Gandalf goes out the door)
Frodo: (looks down at the envelope in his hand)
new scene: (Mount Doom, then the towers of the fortress of Barad-Dur, including the fiery moats and the lights of the orcs on the roads)
Gollum: (we hear - but don't see - him crying out)
Shire, Baggins
new scene: (Mount Doom erupting)
(The Black Riders leaving Minas Morgul, choir chanting...)
Gandalf: (Riding to the White City,
looking over to Mordor)

(In Minas Tirith, in the archives,
finding Isildur's account)

Gandalf reads:

The year 3434 of the Second Age,
Here follows the account of Isildur, High King of Gondor,
and the finding of the Ring of Power.

It has come to me, the one Ring.
It shall be an heirloom of my kingdom.
All those who follow in my bloodline shall be bound to it's fate, For I will risk no hurt to the Ring...
It is... precious to me, though I buy it with great pain

The markings upon the band begin to fade.
The writing, which at first was as clear as red flame, has all but disappeared. A secret now that only fire can tell.
new scene: (Evening, Farmer Maggot's hobbit house)
(He is chopping wood, his dog starts to bark)
(A Black Rider appears)
(The dog whines and backs into the house)
Black Rider: Shire...? Baggins...?
Farmer Maggot:  
There's no Bagginses here.
They're all up in Hobbiton. That way (he points)

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