Travels near Hobbits

On Wednesday, we went for a wander into town to see the spectacle of the world premiere of The Hobbit movie.

hobbit_sign

Courtenay Place was alive with lots of happy people – all excited about the movie, the chance to see some stars on the red carpet, and the fact that Wellington put on a stunningly beautiful day for it all.

Lots of people in Gandalf the Grey hats, even more in Hobbit ears. Some dressed up in cloaks and full costumes, despite the heat (poor things!). And others in rather random costumes – it seemed like a few people just took the opportunity to dress up in anything, including a purple lizard, a dalmatian, and someone wearing both Hobbit ears and a cat tail. As you do. The area near the Embassy theater was all decked out for the premiere, with a giant Gandalf and Bag End door above the theater entrance, a huge banner covering the building across the road from it, and a stage set up all covered in grass and looking like the Bag End Hobbit hole on the street outside where bands played and speeches were given later in the day.

Embassy

We encountered a ring wraith and I couldn’t resist grabbing a photo with him. Pretty impressive, no?

ring_wraith

These fellas were lurking above the crowd, looking threatening. (They’re now lurking in the second-floor of Te Papa, for anyone in Wellington who wants to see them up close. Scary details, down to the hairs on their chins.)

cave_trolls

The guardians at the start of the red carpet walk:

guardians

We didn’t feel up to battling the crowds around the red carpet (especially in the sun, and with a pram) so wended our way along to the Hobbit Artisan Market at Waitangi Park.

market_entrance

The market was lovely – various stalls showing the workmanship of people who worked on the Hobbit (including gorgeous jewellery by Steph Lusted, who makes amazing pieces with things like found objects, bugs and butterflies in them), and lots of cute “Hobbit market” style touches like barrows in corners and a maypole.

barrow

maypole

We sat on the grass at the market square to watch the start of the red carpet parade on the massive screen there, then wandered home, happy and tired. I’m very much looking forward to going to see the Hobbit movie – are you?

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4 responses to “Travels near Hobbits

  1. I saw the trolls in Te Papa on Sunday! They are amazing – I peered right up close examining the details. Although I unintentionally did get a glance up one of their rags/ skirts – Weta weren’t dedicated enough to sculpt Troll goolies. And now I sound like a creep and a perv. I’m not that messed up!

  2. That’s fantastic! Thanks for sharing the pics for those of us who couldn’t hop a plane to NZ to check it out for ourselves. (And yes, I’m looking forward to The Hobbit– I’m an unapologetic geek when it comes to all things Tolkien, so I already have my tickets for the local midnight premiere!)

  3. How marvelous!! I would’ve been beside myself, and I love that they even had a marketplace!!

    • It was rather fabulous. 🙂 Pretty amazing seeing some of the artisians who were working on the film as well – they had the people who make the fabric the hobbit cloaks were made of, and the man who made all the knives and cutlery in the films showing their craftsmanship.

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