8 Gandalf Arrives In The Shire
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Gandalf arrives in Hobbiton seated in a cart, to be greeted by a disapproving Frodo. “You’re late,” says the Hobbit. How will the wizard respond? Utterly perfectly: “A wizard is never late,” he scolds the young chap, “nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” A beat... some tension... and then Gandalf lets out a chuckle. Suddenly we’re all as in love with the charming old duffer as Frodo is. This sequence also features the first shot in which Frodo and Gandalf are shown in different sizes – no CGI required, just perspective trickery, and it’s wonderfully realistic.