8 Gan­dalf Ar­rives In The Shire

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fel­low­ship Of The Ring

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Greatest middle-earth moments -

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.

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