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The One Ring Musical

Contents

*†† WELCOME

*†† SYNOPSIS

*†† LYRICS

*†† SCRIPT

*†† NOTES_AND_NOTICES

THE SCRIPT

*†† ACT ONE, SCENE ONE

Scene opens with Gandalf alone on stage.He is down stage right, illuminated by a bright white spot.

GANDALF

PAY ME HEED MY GOOD PEOPLE

FOR THIS IS A LEGEND

OF GREAT EVIL, OF WIZARDS, AND KINGS.

A WONDEROUS TALE YOU SHOULD KNOW

FROM AN AGE LONG AGO,

BEFORE MAN WAS THE MEASURE OF THINGS.

WHEN THE EARTH GENTLY MURMURED

HER SONG TO THE FORESTS

AS THE BREEZE SOFTLY WHISPERED ITS PART.

WHEN THE SMALLEST STOOD TALL

AND IS STILL KNOWN TO ALL

BY HIS STRENGTH AND PURENESS OF HEART.

I am the wizard known as Gandalf the Grey.While I have spent years traveling throughout all of Middle Earth in search of the truth about the Ring, my journey now takes me to the Shire, the land of Hobbits.I must visit a certain Mr. Frodo Baggins who will soon became known to all as The Ring Bearer.

(Lights come up down stage left revealing Frodo Baggins, reading in a chair by a fire.He has a pipe in his mouth.Gandalf crosses to stage left.Just out of the circle of light, Gandalf raps his staff on the floor three times.Frodo continues reading, ignoring the tapping.Gandalf raps his staff again.)

FRODO

Thereís never enough time for a book and a good smoke.Who could that be and at this hour?

GANDALF

If you donít let me in, Frodo, I shall blow your door right down your hole and out through the hill!

FRODO

My dear Gandalf! Half a minute! Come in! Come in!How long has it been?I was beginning to think you had forgotten all about us Hobbits and the Shire.

GANDALF

It will be ten years come this autumn since my last visit but rest assured that all my wanderings and efforts in that time concerned you very much.And your ring.

FRODO

My ring?I know that my uncle Bilbo fancied it but how is it that it would be a concern to a great wizard like you?

GANDALF

It is dangerous in many ways and more powerful than I ever dared to think. So powerful that in the end it would overcome anyone of mortal race who possessed it.It would possess him.

FRODO

How terrifying!How long have you known this and how much did Bilbo know?

GANDALF

Your Uncle Bilbo knew no more than he told you.I am certain he would never have passed on anything that he thought would be a danger to you, even though I promised to look after you.Ever since Bilbo left I have been deeply concerned about you and all these charming, absurd, helpless hobbits.It would be a grievous blow if the Dark Power overcame the Shire; if all your kind, jolly stupid Bolgers, Hornblowers, Boffins and especially the ridiculous Bagginses became enslaved.††

FRODO

Enslaved?I still donít understand what all this has to do with Bilbo and myself and our ring.

GANDALF

You do not know the real peril yet, but you shall.How long have I known, I still do not know but I no longer doubt my guess.There is a last test to make.

Give me the ring.(Frodo hesitates as if reluctant to let Gandalf touch the ring).Come now Frodo.I have no time for such foolishness.It took all my powers of reason and persuasion to convince him to leave it for you.For that is the way of the ring.It has a will of its own and it pulls upon the heart and mind of anyone who possesses it.It has already begun to work its evil on you.Now, let me see it.

(Frodo slowly and reluctantly draws the chain out from inside his tunic.The Ring hangs on the end. Gandalf looks at him sternly and holds out his hand.Frodo hands him the ring and Gandalf immediately throws it into the fire.Frodo moves to retrieve it but Gandalf restrains him.)

FRODO

What have you done?My beautiful ring will be ruined!

GANDALF

Your ring Frodo?It is not your ring anymore than it was Bilboís.You merely possess it for a time as Bilbo did.He has grown old and his spirit has been weakened by the ring.A mortal who keeps one of the great rings does not die, but he does not grow or obtain more life.He merely continues until every moment is weariness.And if he often uses the Ring to make himself invisible, he fades and forever walks in twilight forever under the power of the dark lord.But for now your spirit is strong and all that transpires from this day forth will involve you and the ring. (Gandalf takes the tongs and retrieves the Ring from the fire.He drops it into his hand and then gives it back to Frodo.)

FRODO

There isnít a scratch on it.

GANDALF

And after all that time in the fire, it is not even warm is it?Can you see the writing on the inside?

FRODO

Writing?It has always been quite plain.In all these years I had never noticed it before.But what does it say?Iíve never seen letters like these.

GANDALF

The letters are Elvish, of an ancient mode but the language is that of Mordor which I will not utter here. But in the common tongue it says ďOne Ring to rule them all/One Ring to find them/One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.Ē It is only two lines of a verse long known in elven-lore. No, Frodo.Yours is no ordinary ring.This is the One Ring.The One Ruling Ring of Power.The Dark Lord forged it long ago in the fires of Mt. Doom to enslave the three rings of elfin kings.It is filled with his power and evil.It is Sauronís ring and he greatly desires it-but he must not get it.

FRODO

This ring?But how and why on earth did it come to me?

GANDALF

Ah!As to how, that is a very long story.The beginnings lie back in the Black years that only the loremasters now remember.As to why, such questions cannot be answered.You may be sure that it was not for any merit that others do not posses: not for power or wisdom, at any rate.But you have been chosen and you must therefore use such strength and heart and wits as you have.

FRODO

But I have so little of any of these things!You are wise and powerful.Will you not take the Ring?

GANDALF

No!I should have power too great and terrible. And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly.Do not tempt me!For I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself. I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe, unused.The wish to wield it would be too great for my strength.I shall have need of it for great perils lie before me, before all of us.

FRODO

If it is so powerful and so dangerous, why not just destroy it?

GANDALF

My dear Frodo, your little fire wouldnít melt even ordinary gold but there no smithís forge in the Shire that could alter it.Not even the anvils and furnaces of the dwarves could do that.If it could be unmade so easily the threat to Middle Earth could be countered just as easily.No, Frodo.Yours is no ordinary ring.This is the One Ring.The One Ruling Ring of Power.The Dark Lord forged it long ago in the fires of Mt. Doom to enslave the three rings of elfin kings.It is filled with his power and evil.It is Sauronís ring and he greatly desires it-but he must not get it.There is only one way to destroy it: to find the Cracks of Doom in the Fire Mountain in Mordor and cast it there.Only in that way can we hope to put it beyond the grasp of the Enemy forever.

FRODO

I do really wish to destroy it.Or, well have it destroyed.I am not made for perilous quests.

GANDALF

There is peril everywhere now.Sauron knows the Ring has been found and his Black Riders search everywhere.It will not be long until they learn of the Shire if they have not already.

FRODO

Then I guess I must leave.My being here puts everyone in danger.But I must admit I am reluctant to do so.Being my own master and living in Bag End all these years has been exceedingly pleasant.I should hate to leave it all behind.

GANDALF

It may well be that the only way to save this Shire you love is to leave it behind.I hope this is the greatest sacrifice you are forced to make on your journey.As for your perilous quest, for now a journey to Rivendell will hold peril enough. A council has been called of all the free folk of the Western Lands to decide how best to answer Sauronís threat.I will meet you there.Come as quickly as you can.Choose for yourself a companion to aid you on your journey but tell no one, not even him, where you are going and for what purpose.And be careful.Frodo, I must leave you now but know I will be watching over you and will aid you if I can.Now our friendship truly begins.For on this path our courage and loyalty will be tested at every turn.Farewell.

(Gandalf exits. The interior of Frodoís house slides off stage and the lights dim momentarily.As the lights come back up, Frodo has crossed to down stage center.)

FRODO

A journey to Rivendell.At least the thought of seeing my Uncle Bilbo makes the idea of leaving the here bearable.

I HAVE WATCHED THE YEARS ROLL BY,

SINCE BILBO HAD THE RING.

HE CLAIMED IT WAS A GIFT RECIEVED

WHILE OFF ADVENTURING.

WHEN HE WENT OFF TO RIVENDELL,

TO REST AS HE GREW OLD,

DID HE KNOW THE SECRET OF,

HIS PRECIOUS BAND OF GOLD?

AND NOW THE DAYS ARE DARKENING.

I FEEL THE BREEZE GROW CHILL.

I HEAR A STRANGE VOICE HARKENING,

THAT PREYS UPON MY WILL.

NOW WHAT IS THE ROLE FOR ME?

WHAT DOES MY FUTURE BRING?

WHY DO I FEEL MY LIFEíS SOMEHOW,

ENTWINED WITHIN THIS RING?

AND NOW THIS RING,

WITH ALL ITíS POWER,

I FEEL MY DREAD,

GROW BY THE HOUR.

IT SEEMS MY SIMPLE LIFE,

NOW HAS COME TO AN END.

WILL MY WORLD BE TORN APART,

OR SHALL IT MEND?

(Sam enters followed by two younger hobbits, Merry and Pippin.They all are wearing traveling cloaks and carrying packs and walking sticks.Sam is carrying an extra set for Frodo and gives them to him.)

FRODO

Hello Sam...AND Merry...AND Pippin.(Frodo looks crossly at Sam.) Well Sam it seems that my desire for secrecy has lost out to your desire to gossip.

SAM

Begginí your pardon Mister Frodo but I didnít tell them a thing.They guessed at it and then pestered me somethiní awful.


PIPPIN

Donít blame Sam too much.He did his best but when Sam has a task to do he just barrels ahead.It didnít take much for us to figure out something was up.

MERRY

Seemed a right good chance for an adventure.

FRODO

I fear you will get more of an adventure than you bargained for.We have a long road ahead of us, well beyond the farthest reaches of the Shire.We are not going through the village tonight.Too many ears pricking and eyes prying.Well now weíre off at last.(As they begin to exit, Frodo lags behind.)I wonder if I shall ever look down into this valley again.

(They exit. As they do, nine sinister looking figures in flowing black cloaks enter and rush about the stage searching.They all exit in different directions.A man in a dark green cloak enters and then moves up stage and stands perfectly still.He drops his head so that his face is covered by his hood.Frodo enters followed by Sam, Merry and Pippin.As they cross the stage, the man drops in behind them at a distance.As the hobbits exit, the man stops and whirls around to see one of the black cloaked men enter.The green coaked man draws his sword and challenges him.They begin to fight.Another blacked robe man enters, then another and another.The green cloaked man looks back over his shoulder in the direction of the Hobbits exit as if checking to see that they have made their escape.Satisfied that they have, he makes a few more parries and then exits in the same direction as the Hobbits but upstage.Two of the men follow him, two go off opposite and five exit after the Hobbits.The set changes to Rivendell and the council of Elrond.Seated upstage center are Gandalf, the Elf-Lord Elrond and Bilbo Baggins, an old Hobbit who appears to have nodded off.Standing down stage on either side of these three are various folk of Middle Earth.Off to the side, the green cloaked man stands quietly, observing.

GIMLI

To all of you who do not know me, I am Gimli Dwarf, Son of Gloin.A year ago a messenger came from Mordor to speak with our Dain.He said that Lord Sauron the Great sought our friendship.He asked concerning hobbits and said that Sauron fancied a simple ring as a token of our friendship.He promised us that Moria, the once great dwarf city and the three remaining rings of our dwarf-sires would be returned to us if we could find the ring or provide him with information. It seemed a great deal for a ďtrifleĒ, this ďleast of rings.ĒSo Dain sent me here to warn Frodo that he is sought and to learn why the Enemy desires this ring.We crave the advice of Elrond.The shadow grows nearer.If we make no answer the Enemy may move men to assail the Dain.

ELROND

You will hear today all that you need to understand the purposes of the Enemy.There is naught you can do but resist, with hope or without it.But you do not stand alone.Your trouble is but part of all the western world.

BOROMIR

I am Boromir of Gondor.We have long been in battle with the forces of the east.Mordor has overthrown many of our outlands and far defences.We are outnumbered at least ten to one, but what has forced our re-treat is a new and more terrible evil.My brother Faramir, seeing how great our need, offered to come to Rivendell.However, my father, Lord Denethor felt it best that I come and find what I could of this puzzle.

LEGOLAS

I would ask to speak as well my Lord Elrond.

ELROND

What is it Legolas?

LEGOLAS

I have returned from scouting our southern borders and already Sauronís evil draws near.Many of the living lands are emptied of their folk and armies in the service of Mordor gather in the east and south.I also have word that Gollum has escaped his captivity in Lorien and now he too scours the land in search of the Ring.There are also rumors of Orcs and easterling men gathering in Isengard.Many fear that the Gap of Rohan will soon be closed to us.Others fear that Rohan itself has fallen under Sauron yoke.

EOWYN

Legolas.Lord Elrond.I am Eowyn sister-daughter of King Theoden of Rohan, the very land of which you speak.

BOROMIR

Has Rohan grown so weak that it now sends its women out in the world geared for battle?


EOWYN

Lord Boromir, has Gondor always been so feeble minded that it has never thought to do so?When I pledge my sword to an endeavor, I assure you that it is the equal of any man here.I will tell you that Rohan has not grown weak.Yes, Theoden is old but he still rules.We do not pay tribute to Sauron but we are not yet in open war with Mordor.The Gap of Rohan is still open to the folk of the western lands.

ELROND

That is good news Lady Eowyn and good news is in short supply these days.Good Gimli Dwarf, Boromir of the Men of Gondor and Legolas, of the Mirkwood Elves. It is well that you have all come here.From all that you say it seems clear that war is at hand.Sauron sends his fell servants farther and farther afield.With Gandalf, the great wizard and Bilbo Baggins, Hobbit of the Shire, all the folk of the Western Lands are now here represented.

GANDALF

There are many rings but the One Ring of Power is the key.The three elven rings are safely within our control.The seven for the dwarves we know of and the nine for men, Sauron has reclaimed and given to his black riders or Nazgul as they are called in Morgul Tongue.But as I said, the one is the key.Sauron searches for it and is moving his armies before he has regained his full strength for he fears that in time, the West will use the ring against him.

(Gandalf gestures to a servant down stage left.The servant exits briefly and returns with Frodo.A few moments later Sam sneaks in followed by Merry and Pippin.)

Here before you is the Hobbit of which legends tell.While there are at this council all manner of wizard and lords, great men of arms and (Looking at the green cloaked man) perhaps even shadows of ancient Kings, I present to Frodo Baggins, Halfling of the Shire.The Ring Bearer.As legends speak:

ďSEEK FOR THE SWORD THAT WAS BROKEN

††††††††††††††† IN RIVENDELL IT DWELLS.

THERE SHALL BE COUNSELS TAKEN

††††††††††††††† STRONGER THAN MORGUL SPELLS.

THERE SHALL BE SHOWN A TOKEN

††††††††††††††† THAT DOOM IS NEAR AT HAND,

FOR ISULDURíS BANE SHALL WAKEN

††††††††††††††† AND THE HALFLING FORTH SHALL STAND.Ē

The time has come. Frodo, the ring. Hold it high for all to see.

ELROND

Behold the One Ring.Behold Isuldurís bane.Behold that which was lost, for it is found again.

BOROMIR

But Gandalf, the legend speaks of the sword that was broken and that it comes here to Rivendell.If the full prophecy is not fulfilled can we be sure that doom is at hand?

(Gandalf waits and then slowly looks to the man in the green cloak.At last he steps forward.)

ARAGORN

I AM ARAGORN.

SON OF ARATHORN.

HEIR TO KINGS THAT WERE,

THE SONS OF ISULDUR.††††††††††† (He lifts up two pieces of a great sword broken at the hilt.)

BEHOLD THE BROKEN BLADE.

THE SWORD OF ELENDIL.

THE SWORD THAT LEGENDS TELL

BROKE BENEATH HIM WHEN HE FELL.

IT SHALL BE RE-FORGED.

ILL-GOTTEN GAINS DISGORGED.

THAT WHICH WAS OURS BEFORE

SHALL THEN BE OURS ONCE MORE.

GANDALF

So here we are with the prophecy of the legends fulfilled and so doom is indeed at hand.So now we must choose how we will answer the threat that issues forth from Mordor.

BOROMIR

WHY SPEAK OF CHOICE?

WHAT DECISION WAITS?

TO OUR CAUSE GREAT WEAPONS ARE DELIVERED.

WITH BLADE AND RING,

THE TIME HAS COME.

LET SWORDS BE RAISED AND ARROWS UNQUIVERED.

GIMLI

FOR YEARS IT HAS BEEN HIDDEN

BY EVIL GOLLUM UNDERGROUND.

IF IT AGAIN IT COULD BE HIDDEN,

NEED WE FEAR THAT IT BE FOUND?

BOROMIR

NOW WHY DO YOU SPEAK OF HIDING?

I WILL TAKE IT TO MY FATHER DENETHOR.

HE WILL WIELD IT AGAINST SAURON

AND BRING GONDOR VICTORY IN WAR.

††††††††††††††† GANDALF & ELROND††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ARAGORN

WE CANNOT WIELD THE RING†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† TIL ITíS UNMADE HE WILL †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SEEK IT.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE THE STRENGTH††† †††††††††††††††††††††† WHERE WOULD BE OUT OF HIS †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† RANGE?

WOULD FEEL ITíS EVIL POWER††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THOSE OíER THE SEAS WILL †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† NOT TAKE IT,†††

AND FALL TO IT AT LENGTH.†††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AND THE LANDS AND THE †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OCEANS CAN CHANGE.

IT WOUNDS HEARTS WITH DESIRE.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† FOR GOOD OR ILL ITíS OUR ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BURDEN.

IF SAURONíS OVERTHROWN ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE MENACE GREAT. WE MUST †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BREAK IT

TO HIS THRONE WEíD ASCEND,†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WE CANNOT WIELD IT OR HIDE ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IT

AND CLAIM IT FOR OUR OWN.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OUR ONE HOPE IS TO UNMAKE †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† IT.

GANDALF, ARAGORN, ELROND

THE RING WAS FORGED WITH AN EVIL POWER.

WE CANNOT HIDE OR USE IT,

IT MUST BE DESTROYED WHERE IT WAS MADE,

A GREAT RISK BUT WEíRE FORCED TO CHOOSE IT.

AND CAST IT INTO THE CRACK OF DOOM,

IN THE MOUNTAINS OF SAURONíS LAND.

IN THAT EVIL PLACE

MANY PERILS FACE

WITHIN REACH OF SAURONíS HAND.

BOROMIR

This is folly beyond belief!You propose that we travel the road to despair.We are all agreed that Sauron must not regain the ring yet you would send it there.

GANDALF

Only those who see the end beyond doubt would despair.If it is folly, this folly may be our best chance.He would never think that we would destroy the ring and thus as he sends forth his forces against us and scours the land searching for the ring.His eye may not look to his own land where his danger is the greatest.

FRODO

GANDALF I WILL TAKE IT

INTO FOUL MORDOR.

THOUGH TRULY I DONíT KNOW THE WAY.

THE RING HAS NOW PASSED

ON TO ME AT THE LAST.

THE BURDEN IS MINE FROM THIS DAY.

GANDALF

TIS TOO GREAT A BURDEN

TO PUT ON ANOTHER.

TAKEN FREELY I SAY YOU CHOOSE WELL.

LET THE EVIL ONE QUAKE

AS THE HOBBITS AWAKE

TO A FUTURE THAT NONE CAN FORETELL.

ELROND

The task I will take is to choose you companions.The number must be few to best avoid Sauronís eye.The fellowship will be nine.First chosen is Gandalf for he has been chief in all of this.From the free folk of the west, Gimli son of Gloin shall go for the dwarfs.Legolas shall go for the elves.I would ask Aragorn to go as the ring concerns him closely, and Eowyn.

EOWYN

Lord Elrond, I am forced to decline the honor of joining in the fellowship.My king is old and some evil shadow seems to lie over him.My brothers Theodred and Eomer lead two companies of the Riders of Rohan against the forces which gather on our borders.I must return to lend aid to my king as I can.

BOROMIR

Elrond,though I am bound to Gondor, I will take Eowynís place and travel with the company as far as my own land.

(Preparations begin.Attendants come out with packs, robes, etc. for the members of the Fellowship.Aragorn hands his broken sword to two elves who exit.Bilbo and Frodo come down stage and Bilbo solemnly presents a sword, a mail shirt, and other gifts to Frodo.)

GIMLI:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I SHALL GO FOR THE DWARVES.

ARAGORN & BOROMIR:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AS WE SHALL GO FOR MEN.

SAM, MERRY & PIPPIN:††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††† WEíLL GO FOR THE SHIRE-FOLK

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AND NOT LIVE IN FEAR AGAIN.

LEGOLAS:†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AND FOR THE NORTHERN ELVES

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† I TOO JOIN IN THIS QUEST.

ALL:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WE MAKE THIS FELLOWSHIP

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† FROM THE PEOPLES OF THE WEST.

FRODO, SAM, MERRY, PIPPIN

SO TO FRIENDSHIP WE WILL TRUST,

AND LEAVE BEHIND OUR SIMPLE LIVES.

THE SHIRE HAD BEEN UNTOUCHED

BY THE STORM THAT NOW ARRIVES.

ELROND

LET THERE BE NO MISTAKE,

THIS IS A BATTLE TO THE DEATH.

ALL

IT IS OUR VERY LIVES

WE DEFEND TO OUR LAST BREATH.

ARAGORN, LEGOLAS, GIMLI, BOROMIR, GANDALF

MAY THE STORM BE HELD AT BAY,

BY ELF AND DWARF AND MAN,

ALL

AND IN THIS OLD ALLIANCE,

THE HOBBITS NOW SHALL STAND.

ELROND:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SOON YOU MUST DEPART.

ALL:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† MAY HOPE LIVE IN OUR HEART.

ARAGORN:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† WITH THE SWORD REMADE FIRM IN MY HAND!

(The two elves return carrying Anduril, Aragornís sword.)

The lights fade.Frodo and Bilbo are sitting alone in Bilboís room.Bilbo puls a small wooden box out from under his bed.

BILBO

My dear Frodo.I hope that after your journey here and having spent time in Rivendell you understand better why left the Shire.I wanted to see mountains again, mountains; and then find somewhere I could rest.I am old and I can feel it in my heart of hearts. I felt all thin and stretched.

FRODO

I do uncle Bilbo.It heartens me that you feel better but I must admit that I miss the Shire already.Leaving it was the hardest thing Iíve done even when the decision was made.

BILBO

Let us hope that it is the hardest part of your journey but I fear it is not.

I have for you some gifts that I hope will prove useful.(Bilbo takes a small sword in a worn leather scabbard.He draws it out and with little effort drives it deep into a wooden beam.)

This is Sting.Take it, if you like.I shant want it again I expect.Also there is this.(Bilbo takes a parcel out of the box and unwraps it.)It is my dwarf-mail that Thorin gave me.I brought all the mementos of my Journey with me, except the Ring of course.I donít expect I will need it now.You can wear it under your outer clothes and just a plain hobbit you will look.But there is more to you now than appears on the surface.

FRODO

Very well, I will take it.I cannot thank you properly for all of this and your past kindness.

BILBO

Donít try.I will feel happier knowing that you are wearing it.I have a fancy it would turn even the knives of the Black Riders.Good luck to you.All I ask in return is that you take as much care of yourself as possible and bring back as much news and old songs and tales as you can. I will do my best to finish my book before you return.I would like to write a second if I am spared.

I SIT BESIDE THE FIRE AND THINK

OF HOW THE WORLD WILL BE,

WHEN WINTER COMES WITHOUT A SPRING

THAT I SHALL EVER SEE.

FOR STILL THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS

THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN:

IN EVERY WOOD IN EVERY SPRING

THERE IS A DIFFERENT GREEN.

I SIT BESIDE THE FIRE AND THINK

OF PEOPLE LONG AGO,

AND PEOPLE WHO WILL SEE A WORLD

THAT I WILL NEVER KNOW.

BUT ALL THE WHILE I SIT AND THINK

OF TIMES THERE WERE BEFORE,

I LISTEN FOR RETURNING FEET

AND VOICES AT THE DOOR.

Do take care Frodo.And watch after the others as best you can.

(As the lights fade on Frodo and Bilbo, a mighty horn blast is heard as the lights rise to reveal the company preparing to depart.)

BOROMIR

Loud and clear my war horn sounds.May all the enemies of Gondor fear my sword as well.

ARAGORN

Unless it is within the lands of Gondor, I pray thee do not sound your horn if but to warn of danger.

BOROMIR

I have always sounded this horn before a fight or a journey.I understand that our hope lies in secrecy but I will not begin our travel skulking like a thief or tracker.

ELROND

THESE ARE THE LAST WORDS

I GIVE FOR YOUR JOURNEY

AS THE BEARíR SETS FORTH ON HIS QUEST

TO HIM ALONE

IS ANY CHARGE GIVEN

AND IS DONE AT THE COUNCILíS BEHEST.

GOOD FRODO BAGGINS

KNOW WHAT YOU CARRY

KNOW WELL YOU CANNOT CAST IT AWAY.

IT CANNOT REACH SAURON

OR THE HANDS OF HIS SERVANT

NO ONE BUT THOSE HERE TODAY.

YOU, THOSE WHO GO WITH HIM,

COMPANIONS TO HELP ON HIS WAY

MAY CHOOSE TO GO ELSEWHERE

OR RETURN BUT NEVER DELAY.

THOUGH AS YOU GO FURTHER

HARDER WILL IT BE TO DEPART

FROM THE RING OR BEARER

THOUGH YOU KNOW NOT THE STRENGTH OF YOUR HEART.

GIMLI

FAITHLESS IS HE WHO TURNS AWAY

WHO LETíS JOURNEY TURN TO FLIGHT.

ELROND

ITíS FOOLS WHO VOW TO WALK IN DARK

BEFORE THEYíVE SEEN THE NIGHT.

LEGOLAS

YET OATHíS MAY STRENGTHEN QUAKING HEART.

ELROND

THE SAME MAY SERVE TO BREAK IT.

MAKE OATH TO LOOK NO FURTHER THAN

IT TAKES TO NOT FORSAKE IT.

GANDALF

WE GO WITH THE GOOD HEARTS

OF FREE FOLK, MEN AND ELVES.

PRAY WE FIND NO DARKNESS

DEEPER THAN WITHIN OURSELVES.

The Company collects its belongings and begins its journey east to MORDOR.

ELROND:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BEHOLD, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.

ARAGORN:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ARISE, NOW ANDURIL IS REMADE.

ELROND & THE NINE:††††††††††††††††† BEHOLD, OF PERILOUS QUEST WE SING.

CHORUS:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ARISE, LET TREACHERY BE REPAID.

CHORUS:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE NINE AGAINST THE NINE

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.

THE HOBBITS:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BEHOLD, THE AWAKING OF THE SHIRE.

CHORUS:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ARISE, FOR MORDORíS END WEíLL BRING.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† BEHOLD, THE UNMAKING IN THE FIRE.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ARISE, FOR THE ENDING OF THE ONE RING.

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