Many Meetings

[Frodo goes out into Rivendell, seeing Merry and Pippin]

Frodo: Bilbo!

Bilbo: Hello Frodo my lad!

Frodo: Bilbo!

Bilbo: Ooh!

Frodo: There and Back Again: A Hobbit's Tale by Bilbo Baggins. This is wonderful.

Bilbo: I meant to go back. Wander the paths of Mirkwood. Visit Laketown. See the Lonely Mountain again. But age it seems has finally caught up with me.

Frodo: I miss the Shire. I speant all my childhood pretending I was off somewhere else - off with you on one of your adventures. My own adventure turned out to be quite different. I'm not like you Bilbo.

Bilbo: My dear boy.

[Later, as Sam is checking his bags]

Frodo: Packed already?

Sam: No harm in being prepared.

Frodo: I thought you wanted to see the elves, Sam.

Sam: I do!

Frodo: More than anything.

Sam: I did! It's just...we did what Gandalf wanted, didn't we? We got the ring this far to Rivendell. And I thought, seeing as how you're on the mend, we'd be off soon. Off home.

Frodo: You're right, Sam. We did what we set out to do. The ring will be safe in Rivendell. I am ready to go home.

The Fate of the Ring

Elrond: His strength returnes.

Gandalf: That wound will never fully heal. He will carry it the rest of his life.

Elrond: Yet to have come so far still bearing the ring the hobbit has shown extraordinary resilience to its evil.

Gandalf: It is a burden he should never have had to bear. We can ask no more of Frodo.

Elrond: Gandalf, the enemy is moving. Sauron's forces are massing in the east; his eye is fixed on Rivendell. And Saruman you tell me has betrayed us. Our list of allies grows thin.

Gandalf: His treachery runs deeper than you know. By a foul craft Saruman has crossed orcs with goblin men. He's breeding an army in the caverns of Isengard - an army that can move in sunliht and cover great distance at speed. Saruman is coming for the ring.

Elrond: This evil can not be concealed by the power of the elves. We do not have the strength to fight both Mordor and Isengard! Gandalf, the ring cannot stay here.

[Boromir, Legolas, Gimli, and Gloin enter Rivendell as Elrond begins speaking again]

Elrond: This peril belongs to all Middle-Earth. They must decide now how to end it. The time of the elves is over, my people are leaving these shores. Who will you look to when we've gone? The dwarves? They hide in their mountains seeking riches, they care nothing for the troubles of others.

Gandalf: It is in men we must place our hope.

Elrond: Men? Men are weak. The race of men is failing. The blood of Numenor is all but spent, it's pride and dignity forgotten. It is because of men the ring surivives. I was there, Gandalf. I was there three thousand years ago when Isildur took the ring. I was there the day the strength of men failed.

[flashback to Elrond and Isildur entering Mount Doom after the battle]

Elrond: isildur hurry, follow me. (v.o) I led isildur into the heart of Mount Doom, where he ring was forged, the one place it could be destroyed. (end v.o.) Cast it into the fire! Destroy it!

Isildur: No.

Elrond: Isildur!

[back in Elrond's library]

Elrond: It should've ended that day but evil was allowed to endure. Isildur kept the ring. The line of kings is broken. There's no strength left in the world of men. They're scattered, divided, leaderless.

Gandalf: There is one who could unite them. One who could reclaim the throne of Gondor.

Elrond: He turned from that path a long time ago. He has chosen exile.