In over 50 days, Wellington will be in the spotlight when it hosts the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on November 28.
“Wellington sits at the heart of New Zealand’s innovative and thriving film industry,” says Mayor Wade-Brown.
“It’s also the city that has been integral in bringing the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien to life on the big screen. So for a week around the premiere Wellington will be known as The Middle of Middle-earth.” The Middle of Middle-earth logo was designed by Daniel Reeve, an artist who worked on the cartography and calligraphy for The Hobbit Trilogy . “I'm absolutely thrilled that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have its world premiere in the Middle of Middle-earth,” says the film’s director Sir Peter Jackson. “
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first of a trilogy of films adapting the popular masterpiece The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The three films tell a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60 years before The Lord of the Rings . The adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with goblins and orcs, deadly wargs and sorcerers.