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The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition Movie Script

Compiled by beleriel and Elril Galia, for Age of the Ring

Scenes 13 to 16

Scene 13 ~ A Short Cut to Mushrooms

Fellowship of the Ring Scene 13

Sam appears walking through a field of tall maize.  He emerges from the corn to a path, which is deserted.  He looks behind him and in front but can see no one.  He walks hurridely onwards
SAM: Mr Frodo ? (he starts to run) Frodo! Frodo! (Frodo appears turning to find him) I thought I'd lost you
FRODO: What are you talking about ?
SAM: It's just something Gandalf said.
FRODO: What did he say?
SAM: Don't you lose him Samwise Gamgee and I don't mean to.
FRODO: Sam! We're still in The Shire.  What could possibly happen!
Suddenly from out of the cornfield two hobbits rush into them, pushing them to the ground.
PIPPIN: (looking down at Frodo beneath him)  Frodo!  Merry! Its Frodo Baggins!
MERRY: Hello Frodo!
SAM: Get off him! (he pulls Merry off Frodo and pulls Frodo up) Frodo, are you alright?
FRODO: What's the meaning of this ?
Merry and Pippin hurridely pick up their vegetables and heap them into Sam's arms
MERRY: Hold these
SAM: You've been into Farmer Maggot's crop!
MERRY: and these
Suddenly a dog barks and they see a scythe held high above the corn coming towards them
FARMER MAGGOT: Hoi! You get back here! Wait till I get this through you! (Merry grabs Frodo by the shoulder and pushes him through the corn as him and Merry run away) Get out of my fields! You'll know the devil if I catch up with you!
Sam drops the vegetables he's holding and runs after them
MERRY: Dunno why he's so upset!  Its only a couple of carrots
PIPPIN: (running and looking back) and some cabbages and those few bags of potatoes that we lifted last week.  And the mushrooms the week before.
MERRY: Yes Pippin, my point is, he's clearly over reacting! Run!
Suddenly they reach a cliff top.  Pippin stops dead as Merry runs into him.  They both look down and just as they're trying to decide what to do Sam runs straight into the back of them all and they tumble down the hill together landing in a heap in the road below.
PIPPIN: (looking up at a pile of manure)  Ooh!  that was close!
MERRY: (groaning) Oh! I think I've broken something (he reaches under his back and pulls out a broken carrot)
SAM: (getting up) Trust a Brandybuck and a Took!
MERRY: What?  It was just a detour. A shortcut
SAM: A shortcut to what ?
PIPPIN: (looking across at some growing mushrooms) Mushrooms! (they get up and make a dash for them)
Frodo in the meantime is strolling up the road.  He looks worried
FRODO: I think we should get off the road.
The others continue to collect the mushrooms.  Frodo notices a swirling wind come down the road towards them
FRODO: Get off the road! Quick!
They dash down into a ditch and hide beneath a large tree root.  The jostle with their find.
SAM: Ssh.. be quiet
From behind the tree a big black horse appears snorting.  Frodo looks up through the tree roots and sees the horses fetid hooves. The horse's head, with red eyes. The rider gets down from the horse and peers over the tree root, sniffing. The hobbits shrink back.  From behind them spiders and centipedes, worms hurry to get away. Frodo closes his eyes and reaches for the Ring.  As he gets it out, the rider turns suddenly.  Frodo feels an overwhelming desire to put the Ring on.  He holds it out to his finger. Sam suddenly reaches out to him to stop him.  The Rider sniffs the air again. Merry quickly flings his bag to the side.  The Rider turns quickly and they all make a dash to escape through the woods.  Merry stumbles and slips
MERRY: What was that!
Frodo looks very scared.  He holds out his palm and looks at the Ring he holds.



Scene 14 ~ Bucklebury Ferry

Fellowship of the Ring Scene 14


Dark has arrived.  Mist is swirling in the woodland. A Rider in black gallops through the woods, screaming.

The hobbits hurry through the woods, dodging and hiding behind the trees.

SAM: (pausing) Anything ?
FRODO: Nothing
PIPPIN: (stumbles up behind them) What is going on ?
MERRY: That black rider was looking for something. Or someone (he walks up to Frodo and looks him in the face) Frodo ?
PIPPIN: (shouts) Get down!
They all duck down and see through the trees a black rider pause on a hill and walk off
FRODO: I have to leave the Shire. (he looks at Merry) Sam and I must get to Bree
MERRY: (nods) Right. Bucklebury Ferry.  Follow me.
Merry runs off through the trees, the others follow.  Suddenly a black rider appears in front of Frodo.
MERRY: Frodo, this way.  Follow me
PIPPIN: (the hobbits continue to try and dodge the black horse) Frodo!
MERRY: Follow me. Run!
The hobbits run through the trees reaching a fence next to a river bank.  Sam, Merry and Pippin leap over the fence towards the jetty on the river.  Frodo follows a little way behind them.  The first three hobbits run onto the ferry raft.
MERRY: Get the rope Sam
SAM: (untying the ferry from the jetty) Frodo!
Frodo runs down the path towards the ferry, the black rider closer behind him
PIPPIN: Run Frodo!
FRODO: (running fast, sees the ferry drift away from the shore) No!
PIPPIN: Frodo! Come on!
SAM: Frodo! Come on!
PIPPIN: Frodo!
SAM: Come on faster!
Frodo takes a flying leap and lands on the ferry sending the hobbits into a heap.  The black rider skids to a halt, the horse snorting. The nazgul screams and turns his horse around back up the track
FRODO: How far to the nearest crossing ?
MERRY: (pushing the prod into the river) The Brandywine Bridge, twenty miles.
Sam helps Frodo to his feet as they watch the black rider, follow down the road, two other black riders

Scene 15 ~ At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

Fellowship of the Ring Scene 15


It is pouring with rain.  The hobbits are hooded in the trees.  Frodo glances up and down the road.
FRODO: Come on!
They run quickly across the road to the gated entrance to Bree.  They knock on the door.  A face opens a small window at the top, shuts it, then opens another window lower down in the doorway.
GATEKEEPER: What do you want ?
FRODO: We're heading for the Prancing Pony.
GATEKEEPR: (shuts the window and opens the gate holding a lantern up) Hobbits! Four hobbits!  What's more out of The Shire by your talk!  What business brings you to Bree?
FRODO: We wish to at the Inn.  Our business is our own.
GATEKEEPER: (nods) alright young sir, I meant no offence. (he stands aside to let them pass) My job to ask questions after nightfall. There's talk of strange folk abroad. Can't be too careful (he shuts the gate behind him)
The hobbits trudge through the rain up the muddy lane, narrowly missing being crushed by a cart. Mant tall, hooded people walk round them
MAN: Out of the way! Watch where you're walking!
Frodo spots the sign of the Prancing Pony, and they push open the Inn door.  Frodo walks up to the bar
FRODO: Excuse me ?
BARLIMAN: Good Evening little masters.  What can I do for you ? If you're looking for accomodation, we've got some nice, cosy hobbit sized rooms available.  Always proud to cater to the little folk, Mr err... ?
FRODO: (pausing) Underhill, my name's Underhill
BARLIMAN: Underhill (nods) yes..
FRODO: We're friends of Gandalf the Grey. Can you tell him we've arrived?
BARLIMAN: Gandalf ?  (looks quizically) Gandalf ? Oh yes!  I remember!  Elderly chap! Big grey beard, pointy hat.  (Frodo nods) Not seen him for six months.
Frodo turns dismayed to the other hobbits
SAM: What do we do now ?
There is much drunken raucous laughter in the Inn.  The hobbits are seated around a table drinking
FRODO: Sam. He'll be here.  He'll come.
The customers in the Inn eye the hobbits suspiciously.  Merry winds his way through them carrying a large mug of ale and sits down
PIPPIN: What's that ?
MERRY: This my friend, is a pint! (he lifts it up and sips the ale)
PIPPIN: It comes in pints ?
MERRY: hmmmhmmm
PIPPIN: (stands up) I'm getting one!
SAM: You've had a whole half already!
Pippin sits on a barstool at the bar
SAM: That fellow's done nothing but stare at you since we arrived! (they glance over at a hooded figure, his face hidden in his hood, smoking a pipe in the corner of the room)
FRODO: (taps Barliman as he walks past) Excuse me. That man in the corner.  Who is he ?
BARLIMAN: He's one of them rangers. They're dangerous folk they are.  Wandering the wilds.  What his right name is, I've never heard, but round here, he's known as Strider.
FRODO: Strider
The embers in Strider's pipe glow, lighting his eyes briefly. Frodo ponders, playing with the Ring. The Ring starts to whisper to him.  Frodo closes his eyes mesmerized.
RING: Baggins.... Baggins.... Baggins ....Baggins!  Baggins!
Frodo is suddenly woken from his dream state by Pippin talking to the men at the bar.
PIPPIN: Baggins ?  Sure I know a Baggins!  He's over there.  Frodo Baggins! He's my second cousin once removed on his mother's side (Frodo looks up alarmed) and my third cousin twice removed on his father's side, if you follow me.
FRODO: (gets up and pushes his way urgently through the crowd.  Strider's attention is caught.  He catches Pippin on the arm) Pippin!
PIPPIN: (shaking Frodo off) Steady on!
Frodo steps back and trips on a man's foot and falls to the ground. The Ring flies into the air.  Strider sits up straight as he sees this. Frodo reaches up his hand to the Ring and it slips on his finger.  He immediately disappears.
MEN: Oh!
Sam, Merry and Pippin look shocked!  From outside the Black Riders suddenly pause  Frodo looks up in a ghostly world, all people around him appear as windswept shadows.  Three Riders gallop towards Bree.
Frodo hears Sauron's voice

SAURON VOICE: You cannot hide!  (Frodo looks up and holds his hands in front of his face)  I see you! (a massive flaming lidless eye appears) There is no life in the void (Frodo falls to the ground again) Only death!
Frodo pulls the Ring from his finger.  He is back to normal in the Inn.  He breathes a sigh of relief.  Suddenly a hand reaches down to his shoulder and grabs him
STRIDER: You draw far too much attention to yourself Mr Underhill!
Strider pulls him out of the room and up the stairs. He throws him into a room at the top
FRODO: What do you want ?
STRIDER: A little more caution from you!  That is no trinket you carry!
FRODO: I carry nothing
STRIDER: Indeed (he walks round the room, snuffing the candles)  I can avoid being seen if I wish.  But to disappear entirely (he removes his hood) That is a rare gift!
FRODO: Who are you ?
STRIDER: Are you frightened?
FRODO: (pausing) Yes
STRIDER: Not nearly frightened enough. I know what hunts you.
Suddenly the door is flung open.  Strider swings round his sword drawn.  Sam and the other hobbits push their way into the room carrying stools and candlesticks
SAM: (drawing his fists) Let him go!  Or I'll have you Longshanks!
STRIDER: (sheaths his sword) You have a stout heart little hobbit! But that will not save you.  You can no longer wait for the wizard Frodo. They're coming

Scene 16 ~ The Nazgūl

Fellowship of the Ring Scene 16


The gatekeeper is sitting in the gatehouse smoking his pipe.  He hears the snort of a horse and gets up to investigate.  He opens the top window of the gate and gasps.  The gate is run down by four Black Riders, crushing the Gatekeeper.  They ride into Bree and stop at the Inn.  The riders walk into the Inn, swords drawn to their sides.  Barliman hides behind the bar, frightened. Meanwhile the hobbits sleep peacefully in their beds. Into the hobbit room the Riders walk, their swords held upright in front of them. They each stand next to a bed and hold their swords high poised to strike. Sam tosses restlessly in his sleep. Suddenly the Riders stab the beds.  Sam awakes with a start. The Riders continue to stab the bedss  Outside their horses paw the air. Strider watches the flickering lights through the window,  in a window opposite across the street. The Riders pull back the covers and see the feathers of the pillows that have been put there in place of the hobbits.  They screech and turn the beds upside down.  Their screams wake Pippin and Merry.  All four hobbits look at Strider, who sits by the window
FRODO: What are they ?
STRIDER: They were once men. Great Kings of Men.  The Sauron the Deciever  gave to them nine rings of power. Blinded by their greed they took them without question. One by one falling into darkness (he looks out of the window at the riders now back mounted on their horses) Now they are slaves to his will. They are the Nazgūl. Ringwraiths.  Neither living nor dead. At all times they feel the presence of the Ring (another rider appears on a country lane) Drawn to the power of the One (yet another stands at the top of a hill) They will never stop hunting you.
In the morning the hobbits hurriedly follow Strider away from Bree, across country.  Four Riders race along the road.
FRODO: Where are you taking us ?
STRIDER: Into the wild
MERRY: (following the others through the woodland) How do we know this Strider is a friend of Gandalf ?
FRODO: I think a servant of the enemy would look fairer, but feel fouler.
MERRY: He's foul enough (Strider tips his head a little hearing the comment)
FRODO: We have no choice but to trust him
SAM: (leading his pony) But where is he leading us ?
STRIDER: To Rivendell Master Gamgee.  To the House of Elrond.
SAM: D'you hear that!  Rivendell! We're going to see the elves!
They continue to walk through the woodland, through rain, until they reach the top of the hills.  Snow covers the ground. Strider pauses looking around.  He looks back at the hobbits who are getting out frying pans and cooking utensils
STRIDER: Gentlemen! We do not stop 'til nightfall
PIPPIN: What about breakfast ?
STRIDER: (looks confused) You've already had it
PIPPIN: We've had one yes.  What about second breakfast ?
Strider frowns and walks off
MERRY: Don't think he knows about second breakfast Pippin (he puts his bag back on his shoulder)
PIPPIN: What about elvenses ? Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Dinner ? Supper!  He knows about them, doesnt he ?
MERRY: I wouldn't count on it
An apple flies over a bush and Merry catches it. He gives it to Pippin, pats him on the shoulder and goes to follow Strider.  Another apple flies through the air and hits Pippin on the head.
MERRY: Pippin!


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