The premiere of the first film in the 'Hobbit' series, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,' took place in Wellington, New Zealand and was attended by director Peter Jackson and actors Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, and Cate Blanchett, among others.
An estimated 100,000 fans showed up, including some who sported elf ears and wore the distinctive large and hairy hobbit feet. Some had arrived the night before to make sure they had an area from which to watch the action.
“It’s been a long day, but is it ever worth it,” Cinnamon Tararo, a “Hobbit” lover who came to the premiere with her husband and son and stood for eight hours, told the Wall Street Journal.
Before the premiere, Jackson spoke about how determined he was to secure Freeman for the project. Originally, scheduling conflicts arose because Freeman was involved with the BBC series “Sherlock,” on which he plays sidekick John Watson.