- The hobbits are given a ride by Farmer Maggot, who tells them of the black rider looking for Frodo.
- Merry gives the hobbits dinner and a bath.
- Frodo tells the others he plans to leave, only to have Merry and Pippin reveal they know all about the Ring, thanks to Sam. They insist on coming along.
- Frodo dreams of a dark forest, a great sea and a white tower.
- In the morning they leave Crickhollow, leaving Fatty behind.
The Old Forest
- Merry leads them to a path, entering the Old Forest.
- They lose the path several times, attempting to head north, but the trees block their way.
- They find the river Withywindle and suddenly feel drowsy, falling asleep against an old willow.
- Sam goes to find the ponies and when he returns he finds Frodo to have fallen in the river.
- Frodo claims the willow pushed him in and that Merry and Pippin are trapped inside it. They attempt to light a fire but put it out when they hear Merry screaming.
- Frodo runs to find help, and finds it. A man called Tom Bombadil. He sings a song demanding the willow free the hobbits, and it complies.
- Tom takes the hobbits to his house.
- Gandalf talks to Saruman about the One Ring. Saruman however, desires it for himself. He offers Gandalf to join him and take the power from Sauron.
- Gandalf refuses, and so Saruman overpowers him and imprisons him on the top of Orthanc.
The House of Tom Bombadil
- The hobbits eat and sleep at Tom’s house. Tom tells them stories about the forest and the old cities that were built around it.
- Frodo dreams of a man atop a stone tower.
First Appearances – Farmer Maggot, Tom Bombadil, Goldberry
Adapted from chapters ‘A Shortcut to Mushrooms’, ‘A Conspiracy Unmasked’, ‘The Old Forest’, ‘In the House of Tom Bombadil’ and ‘The Council of Elrond’ of The Lord of the Rings.
- Apparition of Tom Bombadil – Roger Garland
- Farmer Maggot – John Howe
- Bathing at Crickhollow – Ted Nasmith
- Old Man Willow – J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Willow Man is Tamed – Ted Nasmith
- Saruman and Gandalf – Montanini
- Goldberry – D.W. Luebbert
- Boromir and Faramir have a dream – ‘Seek for the sword that was broken’
The Old Forest
- Tom sends the hobbits in the direction of the Barrow Downs.
- They walk through the fog-covered downs, to where they think they see the end.
- Frodo sees the exit and rushes ahead, when he turns back he finds his friends gone, with cries in the distance.
- Frodo hurries back until he finds a barrow. An icy hand grabs him and knocks him out.
- Gandalf sees the eagles flying nearby. He raises his staff and emits a bright light. Gwaihir notices him and flies to his aid.
- Frodo awakens in a barrow. He hears a voice chanting and sees his friends lying next to him. A hand comes reaching for them and Frodo slashes at it with his dagger.
- Frodo remembers the song Tom taught them and sings it. A voice answers his call. Tom smashes open the barrow and dispels the wight.
- From the barrow’s treasure Tom takes a brooch and gives the four hobbits a Westernesse dagger each. He accompanies them to the exit then sends them to Bree.
- Gandalf speaks with the Gaffer, who tells him Frodo has already left and that black riders had been searching the area. Gandalf hurries to Bree.
- A hooded figure watches the hobbits enter Bree.
- Frodo asks for Gandalf at the Prancing Pony, but he is not there. Merry rests in the room while the other three drink in the hall.
- Barliman points Strider, the hooded figure, out to Frodo. Strider makes some comments that intrigues Frodo.
- Frodo notices Pippin about to tell of Bilbo’s Ring. Frodo starts singing to distract them but falls and the Ring slips on his finger, astounding the people with his disappearance.
- Frodo reappears in the corner and hurriedly takes Sam and Pippin back to the room, where Strider appears.
- Strider tells them of the black riders and that Bree is not safe. Barliman comes to the room with a letter from Gandalf. Gandalf explains that Strider is to be trusted, his real name being Aragorn.
- Merry, out on a walk, encounters a black rider. He hurries to tell the others.
- Aragorn leaves pillow decoys in the beds and takes the hobbits down to the parlour.
- The black riders raid Crickhollow. Fatty flees.
First Appearances – Boromir, Faramir, Barliman Butterbur, Nob, Bob, Harry Goatleaf
Adapted from chapters ‘Fog on the Barrow Downs’, ‘At the Sign of the Prancing Pony’, ‘Strider’ and ‘The Council of Elrond’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings.
- Strider in the Prancing Pony – Peter Xavier Price
- Fog on the Barrow Downs – Paul Raymond Gregory
- The Barrow-Wight – John Howe
- Gandalf Escapes Upon Gwaihir – Ted Nasmith
- Under the Spell of the Barrow-Wight – Ted Nasmith
- At the Sign of the Prancing Pony – Ted Nasmith
- At the Prancing Pony – Alan Lee
- Nazgul at Bree – Greg and Tim Hildebrandt