Actress Cate Blanchett arrives for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey World Premiere
Last night in Wellington, New Zealand thousands of fans, elves, wizards, dwarves, hobbits, and other denizens of Middle-earth gathered outside the Embassy Theater to watch the arrival of The Hobbit‘s many stars for the film’s world premiere.
Some of those that were spotted were Cate Blanchett (Galadriel), Martin Freeman (Bilbo), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Barry Humphries (Goblin king), William Kircher (Bifur), Aidan Turner (Fili), Dean O’Gorman (Kili), and of course, director Sir Peter Jackson. Actor Ian McKellen, who plays wizard Gandalf, was unfortunately absent but according the The Huffington Post sent a message along saying, “I wish I were there in my spiritual home in Wellington.”
Some late arrivals to the red carpet included actors John Rhys-Davies, who played the dwarf Gimli in the Lord of the Rings films, and Evangeline Lily who plays Tauriel a warrior elf-maid of Mirkwood, a role created for The Hobbit films by director Jackson.
Fan website TheOneRing.net (TORn) which broadcasted live from the event has some nice pictures from the red carpet of the stars’ arrivals. And for those that missed their live broadcast, or those that just want to re-watch it, a stream is provided via their website.