It can be argued that the biggest internet story coming out of the premiere is not spiders and bears, but a playful behind grab caught only by cameras! During our exclusive red-carpet interview with Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch sneakily snuck up and shared a pinch and a bird with his Hobbit co-star. Animated gifs have turned up everywhere on tumblr, and even Gawker’s Jezebel says this is the greatest thing to come out of it all.
Continue reading “Cumberbatch ‘Grab’ Fires Up The Internet” and Red Carpet Tours Premiere Party was a hit. Happy fans, stunning costumes, wonderful music and to top it all off, we were visited by Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Taylor, Tania Rodgers, Gino Acevedo, Philippa Boyens, and a whole parcel of assorted dwarves – Stephen Hunter, Peter Hambleton  and John Callen, to name just a few – well, I’ve surely left some names off the list and I’m sorry for that. But it was a wonderful, wonderful night, and we’re just bowled over at the generosity of the stars who gave their time and enthusiasm so generously. It was fantastic to be able to thank them and show our appreciation for their hard, hard work.

Huge thanks to William Kircher (Bifur) who entertained the crowd with his great band California Dreamers – their Misty Mountains song was a huge hit. Jed Brophy (Nori) was great with his band The Last Resort, and Jed also did a superb job as MC, keeping the crowd happy and keeping everything going smoothly.

Pics will no doubt follow (there were plenty of you out there with cameras, so please send us your faves); meanwhile check out the amazing scenes captured on local media and the reports coming in on Facebook.

Update! Reports are coming in from some of our discussion board members who attended the party. Read their reports on our TORn Moots and Other Event board here.

The Dominion Post

NZ Herald


TV3 Campbell Live

Facebook party page

The Shire Waytes
The Shire Waytes will play tonight at’s Hobbit Premiere Party.
It’s been an all-out effort from the Shire Waytes to prepare for tonight’s party. This weekend their full complement gathered from the far-flung provinces so they could put the final polish on their act. Ringer Lissuin from our messageboards has been working overtime on their costumes – and you can see the fantastic results here.

If you’re in Wellington don’t miss this your chance to party with the fans! Door sales are available, and once you’re in, you have the chance to win goodies from Weta and Stansborough as we raise money for TORN and Books in Homes.

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 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!


Be sure to check out our *LIVE* webcast happening in about 1/2 an hour! Every week Clifford “Quickbeam” Broadway hosts TORn TUESDAY, bringing very cool live chat technology right to your computer; allowing Ringer fans from across the world to interact and join hobbit actors, authors, artists, and more for a lively virtual moot and discussion! We have extra special guest Erica Challis today, one of the original founding members of community, coming to us via Skype from Wellington, New Zealand — where she and RED CARPET TOURS are preparing a fantastic HOBBIT Pre-Premiere Party! Learn how you can attend! Join our Live Event page here and be part of the show — it all begins 5:00pm Pacific Time (Tuesday) and 2:00pm New Zealand time (Wednesday)!