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Nobody Is More Excited About ‘The Hobbit’ Than New Zealanders

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By Brendan OConnor on November 20, 2012



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The entire island nation of New Zealand, understandably, is pumped about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. If you’re not pumped about The Hobbit trilogy, you better get pumped because you’re missing out on a landmark event in the history of human creativity and GTFO if you disagree.

That excitement notwithstanding, it does seem like the Kiwis might be getting a little carried away: Wellington, the capital city, is renaming itself “The Middle of Middle-Earth” for the week leading up to the film’s premiere.

If you’re an international fan considering traveling to New Zealand to join in the celebrations, this is what you’ll be greeted with at baggage claim:


andrewinmelbourne

“Baggins claim, anyone?” asks Redditor ConnorLovesCookies.

Head upstairs to the food court, and you’ll have this mouth-breather looming over you. My precious desserts!


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Don’t forget to swing by the gift shop on your way out.


WeeHeeHee

Head to the local library to pick up a refresher copy.


BankyTheInker

Unforunately, Sir Ian McKellan is unable to attend the premiere. “It is thrilling that Peter [Jackson] and my other friends from the cast and crew will be re-united for the world premiere,” he said. “I know they will have a wonderful welcome from the fans and I envy them. As ever, my heart is in Wellington, and I send my love.” But at least Gandalf will be there.


FuckDaveMalek

If you’re lucky your fandom might earn you a kiss from Evangeline Lilly’s stunt double. Unless you’re an orc, in which case you’re not interested.


PhoneDojo

Seriously, you’ve gone too far, New Zealand. Ease up.

SEE MORE:
This Enormous Hobbit Hole Is Built Entirely Out of Balloons
Tolkien’s ‘The Fall of Arthur’ Is Gonna Be the Most Epic Epic Ever

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