GANDALF: Farewell, my brave Hobbits. My work is now finished. Here at last, on the shores of the sea, comes the end of our fellowship. I will not say do not weep, for not all tears are an evil. … It is time, Frodo.

SAM: What does he mean?

FRODO: We set out to save The Shire, Sam, and it has been saved..but not for me.

SAM: You don’t mean that..you can’t leave.

FRODO, hands Sam the Red Book: The last pages are for you, Sam.

Frodo hugs Merry, then Pippin, and finally Sam, who he kisses on the forehead. He turns and walks towards Gandalf, who leads him onto the ship. Once on the ship, he turns and smiles back at his friends, and turns and walks away. The ship departs. Merry and Pippin begin to walk away, and Sam watches the ship leave.

Sam returns to the Shire, to his home, where he embraces his daughter and his wife

FRODO, voice over: My dear Sam, you cannot always be torn in two. You will have to be one, and whole, for many years. You have so much to enjoy and to be and to do. Your part in the story will go on.

SAM: Well, I’m back.

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