Concerning Hobbits

A close look at Shire/Hobbit material in the extended scene

 

This music, and the music for the scene immediately following (Frodo and Gandalf riding through the Shire) showcases a large portion of the Hobbit Accompaniments iterations. Instead of trying to make a separate list for each one, I thought it would be more effective to just provide a blow by blow account of the scene and its score. The scene is only available on the Extended Edition of the FOTR and the music is found on the CR-FOTR, Disc 1, track 2, The Shire.

*This sort of thing is a result of my obsessive tendency in the sorting and categorizing nature and the fact that I can't keep track of multiple items at once. I listen to three soundclips and I've already forgotten what the first one sounded like and which one it was.

For a detailed thematic accounting of the following TE/EE scene where Frodo and Gandalf ride through the Shire, visit THIS PAGE.

THEMES & ACCOMPANIMENTS

SCENE DESCRIPTION

CR TIMESTAMPS

disc 1, track 2:

The Shire

Shire Pensive Setting

over Outline Figure

 

a map appears, moving slowly across the landscape to reveal the length and breadth of Middle-earth.

(Voiceover): Ahrrmm . . . The 22nd day of September in the year 1400, by Shire-reckoning. Bag End, Bagshot Row, Hobbiton, Westfarthing, the Shire, Middle-earth. The Third Age of this world.

0:00 -0:23

Fellowship Theme

The interior of Bag End makes its appearance. Organic, rounded and compact in nature, it is revealed as the home of a well-to-do, settled but rather untidy person. Books and maps are piled up in every room, spilling over shelves, on the floor, anywhere they can find a spare space, alongside firewood and assorted homely utensils.

Bilbo is seated at his desk in the study at Bag End. His clothes are well-made but carelessly worn, as of someone who has more important things on his mind than mundane matters such as appearance. He has his back to view and is apparently writing something in a large book. The title is revealed:

Bilbo: There and Back Again. A Hobbit's Tale, by Bilbo Baggins.

Bilbo turns the title page over to start afresh on a new page. He pauses and takes a puff from his pipe

Bilbo: Now . . . where to begin? Ah, yes.

He dips his pen and resumes his writing.

Bilbo (v/over): Concerning Hobbits.

0:23-0:55 (+ a few seconds of silence)

Two Step Figure alternated with

Skip Beat Figures at 1:05 & 1:15

Images of the Shire and its quaint inhabitants appear as Bilbo begins to describe the life of Hobbits. In the market square Hobbits gather to look over the latest wares, present their stock, and share a drink. In the fields, cows are being milked, pathways swept clean, and animals grazed.

Bilbo (v/over): Hobbits have been living and farming in the four Farthings of the Shire for many hundreds of years. Quite content to ignore and be ignored by the world of the Big Folk - Middle-earth being, after all, full of strange creatures beyond count.

0:57-1:18

Shire Rural Setting over Skip Beat Figure

Hobbits must seem of little importance, being neither renowned as great warriors, nor counted among the very wise.

One of the more wisdom-challenged Hobbits seems intent on removing a parasite from his ear.

1:18-1:29

End Cap

The ear digging Hobbit tries to flick off whatever he found in there.

Bilbo pauses in his writing and chuckles to himself at the image. A knock sounds at his door.

Bilbo: Frodo! Someone at the door!

1:29-1:33

Shire Rural Setting over

Two Step Figure / Skip Beat Figure

He resumes writing.

Bilbo (v/over): In fact, it has been remarked by some that the Hobbits' only real passion is for food.

A hobbit, making eyes at and preparing to kiss his lady love, is distracted by a tray of passing food and grabs a large cake, stuffing it into his mouth. The lady does not get her kiss.

Bilbo (v/over): A rather unfair observation, as we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales, and the smoking of pipe-weed. But where our hearts truly lie...

1:33-1:55

Skip Beat Figure over Hymn Chords

...is in peace and quiet, and good tilled earth.

1:55-2:00

strings play as

Skip Beat Figure over Hymn Chords continue

For all Hobbits share a love of things that grow.

A young hobbit, in a garden tending to his flowers, holds up a fine specimen, pleased by its beauty.

2:00-2:05

Rural Setting over

Two Step Figure / Skip Beat Figure

Bilbo (v/over): And yes, no doubt, to others our ways seem quaint.

Images of party preparation in a field begin to emerge.

Bilbo (v/over): But today, of all days...

2:05-2:15

Rural Setting finale-like figure over

Two Step Figure / Skip Beat Figure

...it is brought home to me, it is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.

A Party Banner is erected in the field, to much applause and cheers.

2:15-2:27

 

 

 

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