INT. BAG END - DAY
FRODO walks through BAG END to his STUDY ...
How do you pick up the threads of an old
life? How do you go on, when in your heart
you begin to understand. There is no going
back. There are some things that time
cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep.
That have taken hold.
ANGLE ON: FRODO . . . from behind. He is HUNCHED over a DESK...
PUSH IN . . . to reveal BILBO'S RED BOOK open on FRODO'S DESK.
He is WRITING in the LAST CHAPTERS ...
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in careful neat HANDWRITING. FRODO turns back the pages,
REVEALING: There and Back Again - A Hobbit's Tale, by Bilbo
Baggins. He writes below it as SAM GAMGEE calls out from the
CLOSE ON: FRODO WINCES with a sharp GASP of PAIN . . . He puts •
the PEN down and CLUTCHES at his SHOULDER . . .
SAM has entered the ROOM and stands BEHIND FRODO ...
What is it? -
CLOSE ON: FRODO . . . He is DRAWN and PALE.
It's been four years to the day since
Weathertop, Sam. It's never really healed.
CLOSE ON: SAM . . . at a loss for words. His EYES fall to the
SAM , "
"There and Back Again . . . A Hobbit's Tale,
by Bilbo Baggins".
TILT DOWN: to FRODO'S HANDWRITING:
" . . . And The Lord of the Rings, by Frodo
You've finished it! -
(closing the book)
Not quite . . . There's room for a little
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EXT. HOBBITON FIELDS - EARLY MORNING
LYRICAL MUSIC OVER ...
A COLD WINTER'S MORNING ... Out of the FOG rattles a SMALL
COVERED WAGON; GANDALF is at the REINS.
ANGLE ON: FRODO, SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN are waiting on PONIES
for the WAGON . . . all are wearing their GREY ELVEN ROBES.
Bilbo once told me, the great stories never
end - that each of us must come and go in
the telling. His part in this tale was now
over. There would be no more journeys for
Bilbo. Save one.
CLOSE ON: GANDALF arrives in his CART . . .
EXT. WEST FARTHING - DAY
WIDE ON: The WAGON trundles along at a SEDATE PACE.
SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN ride behind, leading FRODO'S EMPTY
Tell me again, lad. Where are we going?
To the harbour, Bilbo. The Elves have
accorded you a special honour. A place on
the last ship to leave Middle-earth.
INT. WAGON - DAY
CLOSE ON: FRODO is SITTING in the WAGON . . . his ARM around
his UNCLE BILBO.
BILBO is extremely OLD and FRAIL. He is DOZING . . . his head
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BILBO'S eyes flutter OPEN . . . with effort he raises his head
Frodo ... Any chance of seeing that old
ring of mine ... the one I gave you?
Sorry, Uncle . . . I'm afraid, I lost it.
Oh . . . pity. I should like to have held it
one last time. •
BILBO nods back to sleep ... FRODO rests his head against
EXT. THE GREY HAVENS - DUSK
ANGLE ON: FRODO, walking arm-in-arm with BILBO through a
beautiful ELVEN BOAT-HOUSE ... GANDALF follows with MERRY,
PIPPIN and SAM.
CLOSE ON: As BILBO looks up, he is STUNG by the BEAUTY before
hm . . .
Oh! Well, here's a sight I have never•seen
TRACKING: Passing under a beautiful ELVEN ARCHWAY . . .
. . . to reveal a WHITE SHIP, ready to depart from a WHITE
ANGLE ON: ELROND, CELEBORN and GALADRIEL are waiting for
The SETTING SUN slowly dropping behind the SEA ... visible
between the HEADLANDS of a beautiful INLET.
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The lighting is beautiful . . . S U N streams through the sails,
casting an ethereal glow on THE GROUP as they walk onto the
BILBO bows in acknowledgement to ELROND, CELEBORN and
GALADRIEL, who return his GREETING.
The power of the Three Rings is ended. The
time has come for the Dominion of Men.
(ELVISH: with subtitles)
I Aear can ven na mar.
T he Sea calls us ho me.
ELROND holds out his ARMS to BILBO who suddenly seems MUCH
YOUNGER and SPRIGHTLIER . . . He sets off down the PATH TOWARD
his HOSTS . . .
I think I'm quite ready for another
BILBO walks down toward the BOAT and BOARDS with ELROND . . .
ANGLE ON: FRODO looks up . . . GALADRIEL is watching him. She
SMILES, TURNS and BOARDS the BOAT . . .
GANDALF kneels before SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN - who are all
Farewell, my brave Hobbits. My work is now
finished. Here at last, on the shores of
the sea, comes the end of our Fellowship.
There is GREAT SADNESS . . . MERRY SNIFFLES LOUDLY.
I will not say: "do not weep", for not all
tears are an evil.
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CLOSE ON: GANDALF turns and walks away . . . FRODO is DOWNCAST
... SUDDENLY, GANDALF turns and looks toward him.
It is time, Frodo.
ANGLE ON: GANDALF looks at FRODO then turns and slowly walks
towards the GANGPLANK to board the SHIP.
What does he mean?
CLOSE ON: FRODO turns to SAM. . . .
We set out to save the Shire, and it has
been saved ... but not for me . . .
You don't mean that - you can't leave.
ANGLE ON: SAM looks down . . . FRODO is holding BILBO'S RED
JOURNAL out towards him.
The last pages are for you, Sam.
SAM is SOBBING . . . MERRY and PIPPIN are DISTRAUGHT . . . .
FRODO hugs MERRY and PIPPIN, and last of all SAM . . . and
climbs on board the SHIP.
ANGLE ON: FRODO a look of WONDERMENT crosses his face . . . as
he STEPS FORWARD and ACCEPTS GANDALF'S HAND . . . finally
released from his pain, care falls from his face . . . he is
the young FRODO we first met so long ago.
SAM, MERRY and PIPPIN comfort each other as the WHITE SHIP
glides away from the DOCK ...
WIDE ON: The WHITE BOAT sails away towards the HEADLANDS,
disappearing into the GOLDEN LIGHT of the SETTING SUN.
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CONTINUED: ( 3 )
ANGLE ON: SAM in growing darkness, still follows the
departing SHIP with his eyes, MERRY and PIPPIN are already
preparing to leave.
EXT. NO.3 BAGSHOT ROW - MORNING
ANGLE ON: SAM walks up the path towards his house . . .
A LITTLE GIRL toddles up to greet him.
He hugs his daughter . . .
My dear Sam. You cannot always be torn in
two. You have to be one and whole for many
years. You have so much enjoy and to be and
to do. Because Sam, your part in the
journey goes on.
ANGLE ON: ROSIE COTTON steps up and kisses SAM on the cheek
. . . she gives him a TINY BABY BOY to cradle.
Hello, little Frodo!
ANGLE ON: SAM with his FAMILY . . . he draws a deep breath:
Well ... I'm back.
SAM looks at his LOVELY FAMILY with GREAT HAPPINESS, tinged
with a little SADNESS . . .
SAM and ROSIE take the CHILDREN'S HANDS and enter BAGSHOT . . .
the BRIGHT YELLOW DOORWAY closes behind them.
FADE TO BLACK.
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