The Hobbit World Premiere Sign

With the opening of The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug this past week-end, it got me thinking about what was happening a year ago…

On 28th November 2012 The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey opened here in Wellington, it brought such a vibe to the city and the crowds on the warm and sunny day were huge!  I was able to get an autograph of Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) as well as Dean O’Gorman – the excitement was tremendous!

Dean O’Gorman

Before the stars arrived, people came along giving out Gandalf hats (missed that one 🙁 as well as large sheets with the Hobbit Plane, and postcards, for autographs. Apart from some silly person talking interminably to each star rather than letting them walk the red carpet it was huge fun. Elijah Wood needs to come down the right hand side of the carpet next time (just saying…)

Richard Armitage, The Hobbit
Richard Armitage

The crowds were immense but thankfully I got there in time to bag a decent viewpoint. I found out several things – Elijah Wood is tiny, so is Martin Freeman, Richard Taylor rocks – he’s so generous and Tall, and Cate Blanchett doesn’t sign autographs (well I didn’t see her do one all the way down 🙂 Andy Serkis rushed down the red carpet at the start but later ran back up at great speed high-fiving everyone stood at the barriers – thrilling everyone.

The Hobbit World Premiere Wellington
World Premiere Crowds

Mum saw the film over the week-end and greatly enjoyed The Desolation of Smaug, even if the action sequences did outstay their welcome at times.. 😉

See you next Monday guys!
Harvey Button
Harvey Middle Earth Monday Correspondent

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  1. Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris

    December 30, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Harvey, we just got to watch The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey and it was great. Mommy is hoping to see The Desolation of Smaug in the theater soon.
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  2. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    December 22, 2013 at 5:06 am

    OMC! Mom and Dad are going today! But no red carpet…bummer. Sad about Cate Blanchett…she has always been a fave but didn’t know she was sucha prima dona
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  3. Cathy Keisha

    December 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Whoa! I don’t know what any of this means but it sounds like Mom was in the right place at the right time.
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  4. Maxwell, Faraday & Allie

    December 18, 2013 at 11:23 am

    MOWZERS! We’re impressed!
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  5. meowmeowmans

    December 18, 2013 at 5:27 am

    That opening sounds so exciting, Harvey! You got Thorin’s autograph? COOL!
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  6. Glogirly & Katie

    December 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I’ve never been to a film opening before!
    How exciting!!!!
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  7. Sometimes, Cats Herd You

    December 17, 2013 at 1:13 am

    That film opening looks like it must have been a lot of fun! The head peep hasn’t seen the movie yet, but has friends who went to the midnight showing on Thursday night. That’s almost like a fancy opening, but with no stars, no red carpet, and no sleep!
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