The Shire (scene)
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The Shire is the second scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the third scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition). This scene was extended in the latter edition.
A young hobbit is sitting beneath a tree in the woods, reading a book. He hears a male voice singing.
Gandalf: [humming] Down from the door where it began. And I must follow if I can. The hobbit closes his book and stands, listening. Recognising the voice, he smiles then runs to the road. An old man, wearing a gray cloak and a pointy hat, is driving a horse-drawn cart filled with fireworks and such.
The road goes ever on and on,
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can…
Frodo: [folding his arms] You're late!
The old man does not look at the hobbit at first, and then turns slowly, with an annoyed expression on his face that begins to twitch.
Gandalf: A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.
Both he and Frodo slowly begin to grin and crack up into laughter.
Frodo: [leaps onto cart and hugs the old man] It's wonderful to see you Gandalf!
Gandalf: [laughs] "Ooh! You didn't think I'd miss your Uncle Bilbo's birthday?"
Gandalf resumes his drive towards Hobbiton.
Gandalf: 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: Well, that should please him!" (chuckles)
Frodo: Half the Shire's been invited. And the rest of them are turning up anyway.
They laugh. The cart makes its way past the fields of bright crops, over the bridge by an old mill, and past the market square.
Bilbo (voiceover): And so, life in the Shire goes on, very much as it has this past Age… full of its own comings and goings, with change coming slowly, if it comes at all.
The cart begins to climb up a gradual slope towards Gandalf's destination. The hillside and the surrounds are lush and verdant.
Bilbo (voiceover): For things are made to endure in the Shire, passing from one generation to the next. There's always been a Baggins, living here under the Hill… in Bag End. And there always will be.
Frodo: To tell you the truth, Bilbo's been a bit odd lately. I mean, more than usual. He's taken to locking himself in his study. He spends hours and hours poring over old maps when he thinks I'm not looking.
Bilbo tosses aside the maps he's been studying and sighs. He puts his hands in his pockets. Suddenly an expression of alarm comes over his face, as he digs urgently into his pockets and turns them out, becoming more frantic.
Bilbo: "Where's it gone?"
He starts to turn the house over, desperately searching. Finally he digs deeper into his waistcoat pocket, and with a huge sigh, pulls out the object and closes his palm over it, closing his eyes in relief.
Frodo (back in the cart): He's up to something.
Frodo glances at Gandalf, but the wizard is non-committal and just stares deliberately at the scenery.
Frodo: All right then keep your secrets.
Frodo: But I know you have something to do with it.
Gandalf: Good gracious me!
Frodo: Before you came along we Bagginses were very well thought of.
Frodo: 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 labeled a disturber of the peace."
Gandalf: "Oh really?"
As the cart drives past, Hobbit children are drawn to the sight of the old wizard and his cart. They run behind the cart, shouting.
Hobbit children: Gandalf! Gandalf! Fireworks? Gandalf?
A grumpy old hobbit with a grim look is raking his yard. His wife comes out. She looks on in disapproval. Gandalf pretends to ignore the children. They come to a halt as the cart keeps on going away.
Hobbit children: "Awwww."
Fireworks go off from the cart. The hobbit children cheer and Gandalf laughs. The grumpy hobbit chuckles, but the grumpy old hobbitwife gives a nagging look to the grumpy hobbit. The grumpy hobbit restores his grumpy look.
Frodo: Gandalf, I'm glad you're back.
Gandalf: So am I, dear boy! So am I.