Riding through the Shire

A comparison of dialog and music between the EE & TE versions of this scene

 

When I document the themes within a scene, I try to pull an example (for each iteration) from the EE version of the movie and from the CR. They don't always agree but they're usually close enough. When I went back to my OST cue by cue for this scene, I quickly realized there was music on the OST that wasn't on the CR. So, methodical me pulled off sections from all four sources noted below to compare. There's nothing earth shaking there, but it can be interesting to read what setting of the Shire Theme or what Hobbit Accompaniment is used to underscore different parts of the dialog. And it may be mildly interesting to compare the dialog and on screen action between the TE and EE. I was kind of surprised to realize that the shot of the party scene preparations were left out of the EE. And lastly, if I can tell myself that one person found this useful, then it can perhaps justify all the work I do.*

*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 EE scene, "Concerning Hobbits", visit THIS PAGE.

time and bar counts are approximate.

music listed on the same row is the same except for differences noted.

OST

track 2:

Concerning Hobbits

Theatrical Edition

Extended Edition

CR

disc 1, track 3:

Bag End

Outline

(4 seconds - 6 notes)

0:00-0:04

 

Outline

(4 seconds - 6 notes)

Frodo: <leaps onto cart and hugs the old man>

Outline

(4 seconds - 6 notes)

Frodo: <leaps onto cart and hugs the old man>

Outline

(4 seconds - 6 notes)

0:43-0:47

 

Pensive / Outline

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

0:04-0:23

Pensive / Outline

Outline

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

Frodo: Its wonderful to see you Gandalf!

Gandalf: <laughs> Ooh! You didnít think Iíd miss your Uncle Bilbo's birthday?

Frodo: What news of the outside world? Tell me everything.

Gandalf: Everything? Far too eager and...

Pensive / Outline

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

Frodo: It's wonderful to see you Gandalf!

Gandalf: <laughs> Ooh! You didnít think Iíd miss your Uncle Bilbo's birthday?

<Gandalf sets the cart in motion and resumes his drive towards Hobbiton.>

Gandalf: So, how is the old rascal? I hear it's going to be a party of special magnificence.

Pensive / Outline

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

0:47-1:06

 

Outline

 (4 seconds - 2 bars)

0:23-0:27

Outline

(4 seconds - 2 bars)

...curious for a hobbit, most unnatural.

 

Outline

(8 seconds - 4 bars)

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.

Outline

(4 seconds - 2 bars)

1:06-1:10

 

Rural / Skip Beat
/ Two Step?
/ Outline ?

(15 seconds - 6 bars+)

0:27-0:43

Rural / Skip Beat / Two Step? / Outline ?

(23 seconds - 10 bars)

Gandalf: Well what can I tell you? Life in the wide world goes on much as it has this past age, full of its own comings and goings. Scarcely aware of the existence of hobbits... which I am very thankful.

Hobbit folk: Look it's Gandalf! Its Gandalf!

Rural / Skip Beat / Two Step? / Outline ?

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

<They both laugh. Bilbo's voice takes up the narrative again as the cart makes its way past the fields of bright crops, over the bridge by an old mill, and past the market square.>

Bilbo (v/over): 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.

Rural / Skip Beat
/ Two Step?
/ Outline ?

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

1:10-1:28

 

Pensive B*
/ Skip Beat

(11 seconds - 5 bars)

0:27-0:54

Pensive B* / Skip Beat

(11 seconds - 5 bars)

<Gandalf grins and tips his hat slightly. The cart travels between a road with two high banks. Ahead of it we can see hills dotted with Hobbit Holes. The camera cuts back to a close of up Gandalf.>

Gandalf: Ooh!

Pensive B / Skip Beat

(20 seconds - 8 bars+)

<The cart begins to climb up a gradual slope towards Gandalf's destination. The hillside and the surrounds are lush and verdant - the Shire is a land of plenty.>

Bilbo (v/over): 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 . . . 

<Back in his study, Bilbo puts the finishing touches to his opening chapter.>

Bilbo: . . . in Bag End. And there always will be.

Pensive B
/ Skip Beat

(20 seconds - 8 bars+)

1:28-1:46

 

strings:
Rural coda like figure

(9 seconds - 4 bars)

0:54-1:03

strings: Rural coda like figure

(9 seconds - 4 bars)

Gandalf: The long expected party!

<Hobbits raise a banner by the Party Tree that reads "Happy Birthday Bilbo Baggins." A hobbitess clasps her hands with pleasure and anticipation, looking at the sign>

note: In the EE, this scene appears in the extended scene: Concerning Hobbits. The music for the EE party preparation scene is comparable but  not identical to the TE music. It can be heard on the CR-FOTR, disc 1, track 2, The Shire, 2:17-2:29

 

non thematic slow

(14 seconds - 6 bars)

mostly the same as TE but with two fewer bars

1:03-1:17

non thematic slow

(18 seconds - 6 bars)

TT & EE are similar in feel but not alike

Gandalf: So how is the old rascal? I hear itís got to be a party of special magnificence.

Frodo: You know Bilbo, he's got the whole place in an uproar.

Gandalf: Hmm, well now that should please him, hmmm.

Frodo: Half the Shireís been invited.

Gandalf: Good gracious me!

Frodo: He is up to something.

Gandalf: Oh reallyÖ

Frodo: All right then keep your secrets. <Gandalf laughs> Before you came along we...

Outline (slow)  

(16 seconds - 7 bars)

TT & EE are similar in feel but not alike

<In the cart, Frodo and Gandalf are nearing Bag End.>

Frodo: To tell you the truth, Bilbo's been a bit odd lately. I mean, more than usual.

<Gandalf looks thoughtful.>

Frodo: 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.

Outline (slow)  

(16 seconds - 7 bars)

1:49-2:05

 

 

 

ascending phrase with Skip Beat joining in

(27 seconds - 10 bars and a pause)

<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 for the lost item. Finally he digs deeper into his waistcoat pocket, and...

ascending phrase
with Skip Beat joining

(30 seconds - 10 bars and a pause)

This is the same music as the EE but the opening buzzy chord is a little longer.

2:05-2:34

   

slow Skip Beat

(18 seconds - 6 bars of SB and 2 bars of a lyrical phrase)

...with a huge sigh, pulls out the object and closes his palm over it, closing his eyes in acute relief.>

Frodo (back in the cart): He's up to something.

slow Skip Beat

(18 seconds - 6 bars of SB and 2 bars of a lyrical phrase)

2:34-2:54

   

Outline

(9 seconds - 4 bars)

<Frodo glances at Gandalf, but the wizard is non-committal and just stares deliberately at the scenery.>

Frodo All right then keep your secrets.

Gandalf: Hrrrmmph

Frodo: But I know you have something to do with it.

Gandalf: Good gracious me!

Frodo: Before you came along we...

Outline

(4 seconds - 2 bars)

2:54-2:58

Two Step
/ Skip Beat

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

1:17-1:36

Two Step / Skip Beat

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

...Bagginses were very well thought of.

Gandalf: Indeed?

Frodo: Never had any adventures or did anything unexpected.

Gandalf: If youíre 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, youíve been officially labeled a disturber of the...

Two Step / Skip Beat

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

...Bagginses were very well thought of.

Gandalf: Indeed?

Frodo: Never had any adventures or did anything unexpected.

Gandalf: If youíre 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, youíve been offic...

Two Step
/ Skip Beat

(18 seconds - 8 bars)

2:58-3:17

whistle: Rural
variant of Shire B
/ Skip Beat

(8 seconds - 4 bars)

1:36-1:44

whistle: Rural variant of Shire B / Skip Beat

(8 seconds - 4 bars)

...peace.

Gandalf: Oh really?

<cart drives past grumpy old hobbit with grim look>

whistle: Rural variant of Shire B / Skip Beat

(8 seconds - 4 bars)

...ially labeled a disturber of the peace.

Gandalf: Oh really?

whistle: Rural
variant of Shire B
/ Skip Beat

(8 seconds - 4 bars)

3:17-3:25

Pensive B  variant
/ Skip Beat

(10 seconds - 4 bars)

1:44-1:55

Pensive B  variant / Skip Beat

(10 seconds - 4 bars)

Hobbit children: Gandalf! Gandalf! Fireworks? Gandalf?

<Gandalf pretends to ignore the children>

Pensive B  variant / Skip Beat

(10 seconds - 4 bars)

<As the cart drives past, Hobbit children are drawn to the sight of the old wizard and his mysterious packages. 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 to see what the fuss is about. She looks very disapproving.

Pensive B  variant
/ Skip Beat

(10 seconds - 4 bars)

3:25-3:36

End Cap

(2 seconds - 1 EC)

1:55-1:57

End Cap

(8 seconds - 4 bars: 3 ECs and a pause)

Hobbit children: Gandalf! Gandalf! Fireworks? Gandalf?

<Gandalf pretends to ignore the children>

Hobbit children: <disappointed> Awwww.

End Cap

(8 seconds - 4 bars: 3 ECs and a pause)

Hobbit children: Gandalf! Gandalf! Fireworks? Gandalf?

Gandalf pretends to ignore the children. They come to a halt as the cart keeps on going away from them.>

Hobbit children: <disappointed> Awwww.

End Cap

(4 seconds - 2 ECs)

3:36-3:41

Rural  / Two Step
/
Outline ?
/
Skip Beat ?

(9 seconds - 4 bars)

1:57-2:06

 

Rural  / Two Step / Outline ? / Skip Beat ?

(9 seconds - 4 bars)

<fireworks suddenly go off from the cart>

<hobbit children cheer>

<Gandalf laughs>

<grumpy old hobbit chuckles>

<grumpy old hobbitwife comes out and gives a nagging look to grumpy old hobbit>

<grumpy old hobbit restores grumpy look>

Rural  / Two Step / Outline ? / Skip Beat ?

(9 seconds - 4 bars)

<Fireworks suddenly go off from the cart>

<The hobbit children cheer>

<Gandalf laughs>

<The grumpy old hobbit chuckles>

<grumpy old hobbitwife gives a nagging look to the grumpy old hobbit>

<The grumpy old hobbit restores his grumpy look.>

Rural  / Two Step
/
Outline ?
/
Skip Beat ?

(9 seconds - 4 bars)

3:41-3:50

 

End Cap

(1 EC and a pause)

2:06-2:-08

End Cap

(1 EC and a pause)

End Cap

(1 EC and a pause)

End Cap

(1 EC and a pause)

3:50-3:53

Two Step
/ Skip Beat

(9 seconds - 3 bars)

2:08-2:15

Two Step / Skip Beat

(9 seconds - 3 bars)

Frodo: Gandalf, I'm glad you're back.

Gandalf: <as Frodo jumps off the cart> So am I, dear boy!

Two Step / Skip Beat

(9 seconds - 3 bars)

Frodo: Gandalf, I'm glad you're back.

Gandalf: <as Frodo jumps off the cart> So am I, dear boy!

Two Step
/ Skip Beat

(9 seconds - 3 bars)

3:53-4:01

Pensive / Outline

(26 seconds - 8 bars)

2:15-2:40

 

Pensive / Outline

(26 seconds - 8 bars)

Gandalf: So am I.

<Outside Bag End, Gandalf pulls up his cart.>

Gandalf: Whoa, whoa.

Pensive / Outline

(26 seconds - 8 bars)

Gandalf: So am I.

<Outside Bag End, Gandalf pulls up his cart.>

Gandalf: Whoa, whoa.

<He gets down and goes through the gate which bears a sign saying: "No admittance except on party business." Gandalf knocks on the door with his staff>

Pensive / Outline

(26 seconds - 8 bars)

4:01=4:27

 

(slow finale)

(7 seconds - 2 bars)

2:40-2:47

(slow finale)

(7 seconds - 2 bars)

<He gets down and goes through the gate which bears a sign saying: "No admittance except on party business." Gandalf knocks on the door with his staff>

(slow finale)

(7 seconds - 2 bars)

<He gets down and goes through the gate which bears a sign saying: "No admittance except on party business." Gandalf knocks on the door with his staff>

(slow finale)

(7 seconds - 2 bars)

4:27-4:33

 

*In the AS-ROTK, Doug Adams seems to indicate that similar music at Sam and Rosie's wedding may be entirely Rural Setting, not Rural Setting followed by Pensive B music. I'm not going to over fuss with it.

 

 

 

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