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'At the Sign of The Prancing Pony' Chapter 9

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'Bree was the chief village of the Bree-land...'

When I think about Bree and this part of the book. Various images fill the little cinematic movieplex in my mind. I find the village of Bree to be very earthy, allot of browns and greens and blacks. Much like old English villages. I think of it as a rather small town. With one major street and The Prancing Pony Inn as the main building which the village is built around.

I love the ideas of mystery and suspense in this chapter. 'Who was that shady figure that crossed the fence?' 'Who is this man who seems to know allot about Frodo and his doings?' I love that.

So the Hobbits make their way into Bree land, and are greeted by a rather interesting gatekeeper, (love to see a little cameo role here) after a little bit of interrogation they are let inside. Then the 'mysterious black figure hops the fence' would you not love to see this:

The Hobbits enter the gate. The gatekeeper gives them one more suspicious glare then closes the gate behind them. He turns his back from the gate to walk back to his gatehouse, and then the figure seems to 'flow' over the gate. Much the same way 'Death' did in 'The Frighteners?' remember that?

The Hobbits enter Bree and look like fish out of water among tall buildings. They make their way to an archway and enter a doorway. Camera tilts up to read the sign 'The Prancing Pony'

The Hobbits barely make their way through the doors when they bump into Butterbur, patron of 'The Prancing Pony' this character should be a large, balding (don't ask me why balding) they get settled and head for the tavern.

Sean Bean

I love this scene for one reason, Strider. What a cool way to introduce a major character, by hardly not introducing him at all! My choice for Strider is Sean Bean all the way, I mean with his worn face and English accent you can't go wrong. I love to see little Elijah wood make is way over to the table, with Bean with his feet on the table and hood over his eyes. "I am called Strider, I'm very pleased to meet you master--Underhill, if old Butterbur got your name right". Sean Bean c'mon, go and rent 'Goldeneye' and you'll see what I mean.

So we have young Billy Boyd as Pippin, mouthing himself silly, and Frodo becomes desperate, I'd love to see a close up of Pippin, beer in hand, with a roomful of listeners. With Pippin retelling the classic tale.

'When Mr. Baggins just stands on his chair and begins a long winded speech, then suddenly-'

And as Pippin was about to say 'Vanish!' or something like that, we see Frodo pop out of nowhere and jumps on the table and breaks into a song. He get's everyone's attention and is rather pleased with himself, when he slips and falls to the ground, and suddenly dissapears.

The crowd of onlookers stays dead silent. Pippin smiles at first, then looks up to meet the angry looks of the patrons, Strider, puts his feet down, smiles slightly and adjusts his hood. It's a rather tense filled scene, (something out of a western) Butterbur, then quietly tells everyone to go home, they've had too much to drink anyway and were seeing things.

Frodo appears from behind Strider and seems to hide there. Strider meanwhile unshaken by Frodo's disappearance and sudden reappearance so close to him, whispers over his shoulder.

'If you please Mr. Baggins, I'd like a word with you in private, it's a matter of some importance, -to us both'

'Very well' Replies Frodo 'I'll talk with you later'

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