We’ve been waiting for this more or less since we first finished watching all those ‘Fan Club’ credits roll on the Extended Edition of The Return of the King – and now it’s finally about to happen!  On Wednesday 28th, from shortly before 4pm (New Zealand time!) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has its World Premiere in Wellington, which has become ‘The Middle of Middle-earth’ for this special event.

But after all this time, are you ready?  Where will you be to follow the news as the event unfolds?  Don’t panic – here at TheOneRing.net we’ve got you covered!

First of all, you need to know WHEN it’s all happening.  This time clock can help you with that – convert the Wellington start time to your own local time, and then set your alarm clock!  The official start is 4.30pm, but coverage will start from about 3.50pm New Zealand time.

WHERE is it happening?  The map on the right (above) shows a layout of the streets around Wellington where the red carpet will take place. You can also read more details about the plans here and see a clearer map here.

WHAT will be happening?  This is the outline of events on the day (again, starting c.3.50pm Wed 28th New Zealand time – that’s Tuesday evening in America, late night/early morning Tuesday/Wednesday in Europe):

Show Opening/Welcome

Neil Finn Performance including a performance of ‘Song of the Lonely Mountain,’ from the official soundtrack

The actors arrive, red carpet interviews and crowd interaction

Official Speeches

HOW can you watch it?  Never fear – TORn’s here for you!  We’ll be LIVE STREAMING events from Wellington.  Keep your eyes on the homepage for details, and to see all the fun!  Barliman’s will also be open for LIVE chat, discussion and general highjinks and frivolity!  You can connect to Barliman’s chat room by clicking here.

We will also of course keep you up-to-date with the latest news, pictures and thoughts from our staffers who are lucky enough to be in Wellington for the big event!  And don’t forget, there’s still time – if you hurry! – to get a ticket to join them at the best costume party in town, in Wellington on Monday night.  Details here!

Finally, to fill in the time between now and then, here are a number of video clips to show you everything which is going on in New Zealand as they get ready for this not-so-Unexpected Journey!

A first look, including comments from Matt Dravitzki from Wingnut Films, at what is planned for the premiere of World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to be held in Wellington November 28th.

A look at the various Hobbit themed facades at Wellington Airport and around Wellington, in preparation for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The giant Gandalf being placed on top of the Embassy Theatre in time for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – part 1, with comments from production designer Dan Hennah.

Giant Gandalf installation part 2.

The cool Artisan market place being held on Wellington’s water front for five days, with offerings for sale from artists who worked on both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit!

Some of the activities and events which are being run in the build up to the world premier of The Hobbit in Wellington.

Are you quite ready for another adventure?  Don’t forget your pocket-handkerchief!