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WELCOME
Welcome to Tolkien Trail and THE ONE RING, a new musical in development based on J. R. R. Tolkienís classic epic-fantasy, The Lord of the Rings. The links above will take you to a "scene-by-scene" synopsis of the script, lyrics from some of the major songs from the show and more. In order to keep the site from being too large and un-wieldy, we will be posting only one scene from the show at a time and then replacing it every two weeks or so. As the show is still in the developmental phase we encourage your comments, criticisms and suggestions. The Webmaster at Tolkien Trail has kindly offered to provide a
Forum for that purpose, although feel free to discuss anything related to the project there.

SYNOPSIS
The One Ring is a musical based on J.R.R. Tolkienís epic fantasy, The Lord of The Rings. The evil power of Sauron, The Dark Lord, has re-emerged in Middle Earth and he searches desperately for The One Ring, the ruling ring of power to use in his war against the forces of the West. The success or failure of this titanic struggle between good and evil falls to the kind and gentle Frodo Baggins, a simple Hobbit. He, along with his faithful servant Sam Gangee, undertakes a treacherous quest to destroy the One Ring by casting it into the fires of Mt. Doom, deep in Mordor, the realm of Sauron. It is through the power of friendship, loyalty and self-sacrifice of Frodo, Sam, Aragorn, the heir to the throne of Gondor, Gandalf, a powerful wizard and many folk of the western lands that they are able to overcome the powerful forces arrayed against them and save Middle Earth.

ACT ONE, SCENE ONE opens as Gandalf visits Frodo and beckons him to Rivendell where a council will be held to decide how to answer the threat of Sauron. Frodo arrives and we hear the tale of the ring. It is decided that the Ring must be destroyed and a company representing all the folk of the West, The Fellowship of the Ring, is chosen to make the arduous journey.

I.II. The Fellowship enters the mines of Moria to pass under the Misty Mountains. They are attacked by the forces of Sauron and Gandalf falls into the abyss while struggling with an evil creature, the Balrog, allowing the rest to escape.

I.III. The decision of how best to proceed is left to Frodo, the Ring Bearer. While he is off thinking he is approached by Boromir, a member of the Fellowship who tries to convince Frodo to give him the Ring to use in the war against Sauron. When Frodo refuses, Boromir tries to take the Ring. Frodo escapes and decides to go on to Mordor alone. Sam catches up with him and they go on together. Boromir is killed when Orcs attack and Merry and Pippin, two other Hobbits are captured. Aragorn, Legolas, the Elf and Gimli, the Dwarf realize the Frodo and Sam have gone and decide to go to the Land of Rohan to get help in their pursuit of the Orcs.

I.IV. Frodo and Sam make their way towards Mordor. They capture the evil Gollum-Smeagol, a creature who once possessed the Ring and who is driven mad by his desire to recover it. Frodo forces him to lead them to the Gates of Mordor.

I.V. As the three approach Rohan, they meet Eomer, son of Theoden the King of Rohan. They go together but Eomer is taken prisoner when they arrive by the order of Theodenís corrupt adviser Grima. Gandalf having escaped the Balrog appears with Merry and Pippin. They are given an audience with Theoden and Gandalf urges him to make ready to lead his army to the aid of Gondor which will soon come under attack. Halbarad, a kinsmen of Aragorn arrives bearing news and a strange gift, a Seeing Stone, which he gives to Gandalf. That night, Pippin steals the Seeing Stone and is revealed to Sauron. Gandalf gives the stone to Aragorn for safe-keeping and departs for Gondor with Pippin. Aragorn uses the Seeing Stone and discovers a new threat to Gondor and leads Legolas, Gimli, Halbarad and his kinsmen on a perilous journey to the Paths of the Dead.

I.VI. Frodo, Sam and Gollum arrive at the Gates of Mordor which are heavily guarded. Gollum agrees to take them through another way. As they are about to depart, the Gates open and an army of Orcs issues forth on their way to attack Gondor.

I.VII. The action returns to Rohan as Theoden musters his troops. Faramir, the son of Denethor, Steward of Gondor arrives to ask for Rohanís aid in the coming battle. Theoden pledges Rohanís army. Faramir meets and falls in love with Theodenís daughter Eowyn. When Eowyn discovers that she is to be left behind she disguises herself in soldierís garb and agrees to take Merry with her, who has also been ordered to stay in Rohan.

I.VIII. Frodo, Sam and Gollum sneak into Mordor. Gollum springs his trap and Frodo is attacked by a huge spider-like creature Shelob. Frodo is captured and Sam vows to rescue him.

ACT TWO


II.I. Aragorn leads the Grey Company through the Paths of the Dead.

II.II. Gandalf and Pippin arrive in Gondor and meet with Denethor. Faramir and Denethor argue and Faramir leaves to strengthen Gondorís outer defences. Gondor is besieged and Faramir is badly wounded. Denethorís mind has been bent to the will of Sauron and in despair, kills himself. Gandalf assumes command of the city. Gandalf races to the main gate which is about to be breached.

II.III. Sam rescues Frodo.

II.IV. In the Battle of Pellenor Fields, Theoden is killed and Eowyn is severely wounded after killing Sauronís captain, the Lord of the Nazgul. Aragorn arrives with re-inforcements and the army from Mordor is forced to retreat. Aragorn, Gandalf and his captains meet and decide to feign an attack on Mordor in the hope of drawing Sauronís attention away from Frodo and the Ring.

II.V. Frodo and Sam reach Mt. Doom.

II.VI. Aragorn and Gandalf lead the forces of the west to the Black Gate. A battle ensues. As defeat looks imminent, the action shifts upwards to Frodo, Sam and Gollum. Gollum wrestles the Ring away from Frodo but in his celebration, falls into the fires of Mt. Doom destroying the Ring and the power of Sauron.
II.VII Back in Gondor, Faramir and Eowyn have recovered. A messenger comes to tell them of the Westís victory. Eowyn realizes she has fallen in love with Faramir.

II.VIII There is a great celebration and Aragorn ascends to the throne as King of Gondor. Frodo, who has been sorely hurt by the evil in the Ring comforts Sam and departs Middle Earth with Bilbo, Gandalf and Elf-Lords as the Third Age of Middle Earth draws to a close with the dawning of the Age of Man.

NOTES AND NOTICES
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ben Milder of Tolkien Trail, for coming to the rescue of The One Ring and our efforts to inform and entertain both Tolkien and theater fans on the Web. I would also like to thank Micheal Martinez of Xenite.org, and The Black Lieutenant and the Witchking at Lugburz for their reviews of our old site at theglobe.com. I would also like to thank the 4000+ visitors to that site and I would like to welcome them here at Tolkien Trail.

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