Wellington. Has. Gone. Mad.
Serious. Don’t tell anyone, but PEOPLE HERE ARE CONVINCED THAT WELLINGTON IS MIDDLE EARTH.
Yes, it may be the site of Camperdown Studios – the sprawling cinematic ‘birthplace’ of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Yes, it is where the Hobbit premiered a few days ago, red carpet and all.
Yes, Peter Jackson comes from here.
BUT I’M PRETTY SURE THAT STILL DOESN’T AUTOMATICALLY GRANT IT MIDDLE EARTH STATUS.
Despite being surrounded by badly dressed hobbits and hairy wizards, the whole Hobbit-hype has actually been quite entertaining. A larger-than-life-size Gandalf and an equally enormous Hobbit hole have been hoisted above the Embassy cinema, where the premiere takes place. A Hobbit Artisan Market appeared (and in fact disappeared) as if by magic (ho ho ho) complete with stalls selling genuine replica middle-earth trinkets, midday sack races and musical statues, and a nightly showing of each of the LOTR films. Brownie points for effort.
Wednesday, however, was the height of all madness as all the Middle Earth superstars descended on the city. Thousands flocked to the city where a red carpet ran the length of the centre, ready for stylish tootsies to grace it with their owner’s other world-ly presence. Although Celyn and I didn’t manage to find each other in the throng (due to mismatched work timetables and the like), separately we did quite well on the old celeb spotting. Before we get to the photographic evidence (WE WERE THERE) I must make a confession; my knowledge of Hobbit/Lord of the Rings cast lists is a little hazy, hence there is a number of photos which contain red carpet strutters who could-be-famous-but-might-not-be-I-just-took-the-photo-anyway-because-that-seemed-like-the-right-thing-to-do-at-the-time-and-every-one-else-was-doing-it. If anyone can name the ‘stars’ in the pictures, I will be eternally grateful (and then will gloat that I’ve seen them and you haven’t).
If you know who these dudes are, please tell us, so we can then re-tell you that we saw them LIVE IN THE FLESH.