The Lord of the Rings Prologue
The Prologue comprises five parts:
 Concerning Hobbits
A brief history of Hobbits from their origins in the Vales of Anduin, to their movement into Eriador, their trusteeship of The Shire, and the events leading up to the War of the Ring. Concerning Hobbits also provides a broad description of the physical characteristics of Hobbits, as well as their manners, customs and important families.
 Concerning Pipe-weed
Explanation of the Hobbits' fascination with pipe-weed, its history (as laid out in Meriadoc Brandybuck's Herblore of the Shire) and the notable varieties of Old Toby, Longbottom Leaf and Southern Star.
 Of the Ordering of the Shire
Describes the division of The Shire (North, South, East and Westfarthings; with Buckland and Westmarch), as well as the governing of The Shire (the Thain, the Mayor of Michel Delving and the Shirriffs).
 Of the Finding of the Ring
 Note on the Shire Records
 History of composition
 Portrayal in adaptations
- In the first scene, titled "Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All...", there is a brief description of how Bilbo Baggins found the One Ring, clarily related to "Of the Finding of the Ring".
- "Concerning Hobbits" is the name of the second scene of the Extended Edition wherein "Concerning Hobbits" is the first chapter of Bilbo's book, in which he describes the nature of Hobbits. The audience hears Bilbo reading this aloud as a voiceover on top of scenes of life in The Shire.
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