Huge crowds swarmed central Wellington on Wednesday for the world premiere of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit", an event that sparked Middle Earth mania and brought a touch of Hollywood to New Zealand.
Fans of "The Hobbit" wait for the actors to arrive ahead of the world premiere of the film at Courtenay Place in Wellington on November 28. Thousands of fans, many in costume, staked out spots hoping for a glimpse of stars.
Presenters on national radio greeted listeners in the fictional language elvish, while newspapers came with complimentary Hobbit posters, and sculptures of characters from the film dotted the capital.
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