Sir Peter Jackson joins Hobbit party
By Jerram Watts
The Hobbit world premiere is only two days away but Sir Peter Jackson was in the sound studio today putting the final touches on the finished film.
He and Elijah Wood shared the news with an ecstatic crowd at a Hobbit costume party in Wellington tonight.
“I couldn’t allow all you incredible fans to show up without coming to say thank you, your welcome and have a great time down here,” Sir Peter told the crowd.
The Hobbit director and Frodo Baggins made a brief appearance at The One Ring costume party in Wellington.
They sent fans into a frenzy and stopping to sign some autographs.
“They're enthusiastic and they're generous and they're smart and so they're the sort of people I like to hang out with,” says Sir Peter.
It's been almost 10 years since the Return of the King costume party in 2003, and actor Jed Brophy says The Hobbit fans are like no other.
“This is who we make the films for, because they love it,” says Mr Brophy, who plays Nori the Dwarf.
The Ring sisters - no joke - Brenna, Kathy and Barbara, came all the way from San Diego for the premiere.
“It's the world of Tolkien, it’s amazing, it’s like history that hasn’t happened yet,” says Barbara.
Along with the many fans, international media have descended on the capital.
The delegation was given a tour of Lord of the Rings filming location, from The Hobbit tracks of Mount Victoria right up to its windy summit.
Among the many tourists heading to New Zealand is Royd Tolkien - The Hobbit’s author JRR Tolkien's great-grandson.
With Hobbit socks on he was keen to deflect recent negative publicity around the treatment of animals on set.
“It's a shame, it’s a shame,” says Mr Tolkien. “It takes the shine and the focus off what everyone should be celebrating, which is the film and going to see it at the cinema.”
But the negativity is far from fans' minds tonight – they are keen to soak up all The Hobbit action they could.
Tonight is about more than hobbits, elves and dwarves. Some of the money raised will go to Duffy Books in Homes, which will distributed 188 of Hobbit books to schools around New Zealand.
So the party has started and world's media are here - all eyes are on Wednesday night.