- Heck, even Frodo and Gandalf's first scene together is marvelous. After Gandalf claims a wizard "arrives precisely when he means to," and then how they start laughing, you can see the look on Frodo's face that pretty much says, "You are so full of B.S.", and Gandalf is only too happy to agree.
Gandalf: If you're referring to the incident with the dragon, I was barely involved. All I did was give your uncle a little nudge out of the door.
- Gandalf's response when Frodo tells him that before he came to the Shire, the Bagginses "were very well thought of - never had any adventures or did anything unexpected."
- When Frodo told Gandalf that many Hobbits consider him to be "disturber of peace", Gandalf skeptically replies "Really?" But then he looks around worryingly as if thinking "Wait, is he serious?"
- Gandalf drives by a small crowd of children begging for a display of fireworks. He complies; the children cheer, and an old hobbit who was watching indulges in a chuckle, but on seeing his wife, hastily adopts a face of disapproval to match hers.
- Gandalf banging his head on a ceiling lamp, and then one of the archways in Bilbo's home with a very healthy *thump*.
- "It's the Sackville Bagginses! They're after the house! They've never forgiven me for living this long!"
- The Extended Edition has Bilbo giving Frodo a heartfelt speech about how he considers the boy his only true family. In the middle of this touching moment:
- Merry and Pippin's first scene, the one with the firework! "You were supposed to stick it in the ground!" "It is in the ground!" "OUTSIDE!" "This was your idea!" ...And then it explodes.
- Remember, kids: When all else fails? Blame the other guy.
- Made even more hilarious by the fact that Billy Boyd really did scream when the firework goes off. Yes, the scream in the movie really is Billy.
- Also, while he's a little hard to understand when he says it, he also claims to have pissed himself, earning the nickname "Pissylegs" from Dominic. Also:"And that is Billy shrieking like a girl."
- Shown above is Gandalf coming up behind them and catching them by the ear: he proceeds to press-gang them into doing the dishes as punishment.
- Just before that, we have Gandalf going to his cart and grabbing more fireworks, actually giggling in amusement, like "Oh, this will be freaking amazing."
- Just after Merry and Pippin's firework mishap, the dragon firework is soaring down and scaring the hell out of the whole congregation. Frodo warns a drunk Bilbo, who brushes him off like a drunk old man would.Frodo: Bilbo! Bilbo, watch out for the dragon!
Bilbo: [not looking] Dragon? Nonsense, there hasn't been dragon in these parts for a thousand years!
- Even funnier? Bilbo is utterly and completely lying (assuming that by "these parts" he means Middle-Earth as opposed to the Shire) as it was only about 70 years ago that Smaug, a dragon, died...
- In the Extended Edition, Sam getting jealous when he sees another hobbit flirting with his long-time crush, Rosie Cotton, as he and Frodo are leaving the Green Dragon.Frodo: Don't worry, Sam. Rosie knows an idiot when she sees one.
Sam: [hopefully] Does she?
- "I ain't been droppin' no eaves Sir, honest! I was just the cutting grass under the window there! That is, I heard a good deal about a Ring and Dark Lord and something about the end of the world, but... Please, Mr. Gandalf sir, don't hurt me! Don't turn me into anything...unnatural!"
- When Bilbo hosts the party, he greets a fellow hobbit woman and asks "Are these children yours?" When she says yes he whispers "Good gracious, you have been productive".
- Bilbo returns home after his disappearing act, walks through to a room and Gandalf is standing just inside. "I suppose you think it was terribly clever." - cue Bilbo looking around in surprise until he finds him.
- After running into Merry and Pippin stealing from Farmer Maggot's crop, Sam finds himself laden down with a large selection of vegetables, while Merry and Pippin promptly scarper with Frodo. Sam is left standing there for a moment while a pissed off Farmer Maggot is getting closer and closer...then drops the vegetables and runs for it after the others.Farmer Maggot: You know what's gonna happen when I catch up with you?!
- "My point is, he's clearly overreacting."
- As Merry and Pippin are bickering over this, the camera pulls back to show that all the hobbits are, unbeknownst to them, running towards a cliff.
- After falling off said cliff:Pippin: (having just missed landing in a small pile of horse poop) Oh, that was close.
Merry: (groaning) I think I've broken something. (holds up a broken carrot) Oh.
- This exchange:Pippin: What's that?
Merry: This, my friend, is a pint.
Pippin: It comes in pints?! I'm getting one!
Sam: (as Pippin leaves) You've had a whole half already!
- In that same scene, when Pippin is blabbing about Frodo's real identity, he's going into lavish detail about exactly how he's related to Frodo, taking his listeners through the finer points of hobbit genealogy. It's very very short, but a Genius Bonus as well, because hobbits adore studying family trees.
- Unintentionally Hilarious, but the scene of the Nazgûl breaking into the Prancing Pony in order to kill the hobbits as they sleep. They raise their blades and begin stabbing into the beds, only to find that it's all a simple pillow set-up while the four are safely in an inn across the way. It's funny to see the most feared servants of Sauron being fooled by one of the oldest tricks in the book.
- And how pissed off they are.
- "What about second breakfast?"
- What makes this truly hilarious is the look that all the hobbits, even Frodo, give Strider as if he's some sort of idiot, as well as Pippin's horrified expression as he realizes Men usually only have three meals a day.
- From the first film, when Elrond declares, "You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring!" and the music swells heroically...Pippin: Great! Where are we going?Merry: (gives Pippin a shocked "really?" look)Frodo: (looks concerned)
- The moment is even better on the original DVD release: the first segment of the movie cuts right there.
- When one considers the inevitable response, this is quite possibly the very best setup for a comical Answer Cut ever to be put to film.
- Also the look on Elrond's face when Merry and Pippin crash the council. You half expect him to call for a hobbit-wrangler...or an exterminator.
- Just before that, this dialogue, when Sam crashes it himself.Sam: Mr. Frodo's not going anywhere without me!
Elrond: No, indeed, it is hardly possible to separate you, even when he is summoned to a secret Council and you are not.
- Elrond during the entire scene, really. Poor guy isn't having the best day. He calls a meeting that he quickly loses control of (to the point where you can see him doing a literal Face Palm at some points). When Sam jumps in he takes it in stride - his amused reaction seems as though he knew Sam was eavesdropping. But when Merry and Pippin come in as well, he's taken completely aback. You know he's got to be wondering just who was assigned to stand guard over the "secret council" to keep out the riffraff. Elrond comes off as a bit of a beleaguered boss throughout the whole thing, though he holds it together rather well.
- And then when the Fellowship makes its Heroic Exit, Frodo has to desperately whisper to Gandalf, asking which way he's supposed to turn after passing through the gate.
- And Pippin possibly introducing Middle-Earth to Buffy Speak:Pippin: You need people of intelligence on this sort of mission...quest...thing.
Merry: Well, that rules you out, Pip.
- Pippin even gives a little nod to Merry before doing a Double Take.
- Frodo's "WTF?" face during that exchange is also golden. And Gandalf's look of disbelief. It must be seen to be believed.
- Pippin's giveaway of the Fellowship in Moria, while most certainly not having a good outcome, gets played up much better than it was portrayed in the book: instead of intentionally dropping a rock to listen for a clatter, he twists an arrow stuck in the neck of a skeleton sitting on the lip of a well, which accidentally causes its helmet to fall down the shaft with the skull still inside of it. Then the entire suit of armor topples over after it, dragging the chain and bucket with it! Pippin's winces with every single bounce of the whole set (and the expressions made by everyone else in the room) are priceless, especially since the clattering continued for a good twenty seconds.Gandalf: [after the clattering has finally stopped, furious] Fool of a Took! Throw yourself in next time and rid us of your stupidity!
- The Fellowship enters Lothlorien, and Gimli is grumbling about elves and boasting about himself.Gimli: I have the eyes of a hawk and the ears of a fox... [turns to come face to face with a bow with arrow drawn] Oh.Haldir: The dwarf breathes so loud we could have shot him in the dark.Gimli: [grumbling]
- Legolas firing two arrows at once is pretty cool, but it also looks like he's recreating the poster for Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
- The scene where the whole party is struggling through waist-deep snow while Legolas just calmly walks along the top of it.
- The scene were Boromir has kindly taken it upon himself to teach Merry and Pippin how to swordfight, only for Boromir to accidentally cut Pippin's hand when sparring. This earns the easily-6ft Captain of the White Tower a hilarious tackle to the ground from both 4ft-halflings.
Pippin & Merry: (in unison) "For the Shire!"
- It gets better when Aragorn tries to lend Boromir a hand but is easily overpowered by the Hobbits' tactics also earning himself a spot on the floor.
- A rare exchange between Legolas, Merry, and Pippin:Legolas: Lembas! Elvish waybread! One bite is enough to fill the stomach of a grown man!
Merry: How many did you eat?
- When the orcs are coming for them in the Mines of Moria, Boromir's irritated, utterly deadpan mutter of "They have a cave-troll". It's not an Oh, Crap! moment, it's more like "Well, dammit", mixed with a generous helping of "Of course they have a cave troll."
- Also filed under This Is Gonna Suck. And yes, it does.
- In the Extended Edition, Gimli utters a Dwarfish insulttranslation to Haldir and Aragorn beside him exasperatedly closes his eyes thinking "Just what we needed...". The expression on Haldir's face makes it even better. He knows exactly what Gimli said.
- This little gem from an otherwise very serious moment in the first film when Pippin and Merry distract the orcs from Frodo by acting as live bait:Pippin: [happily] It's working!
Merry: I know it's working. Run.
- During the final battle, Aragorn is grappling with an Uruk-hai as Legolas calmly kills every other one on the screen (half a dozen of them) before finally turning around and shooting the one that's got Aragorn by the neck.
- Aragorn's horrified WTF face as the Uruk captain pushes himself onto his sword is rather entertaining.
- One from the end of the first movie.Frodo: I'm going to Mordor alone!
Sam: 'Course you are! And I'm coming with you!
- When they arrive at the walls of Moria, Gimli says Dwarf doors are invisible when closed.Gandalf: Yes, Gimli, their own masters cannot find them if their secrets are forgotten.
Legolas: Why doesn't that surprise me?
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