Tens of thousands of fans dressed in medieval costumes camped overnight to catch a glimpse of the stars from new film The Hobbit at the movie's world premiere.
The red carpet theatre screening of the "Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey" in Wellington, New Zealand, the place where director Peter Jackson created most of the film's post production, was decorated with scenes from the adventure and character artwork.
New Zealand has virtually claimed the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings as national treasures and emblems since Jackson started making the Oscar-winning movies, based on the epic fantasy books of J.R.R Tolkien, more than 12 years ago.
The first film of Jackson's Hobbit trilogy is set 60 years before "The Lord of The Rings" and was originally planned as only two movies before it was decided that there was enough material to justify a third.
Many of the film's stars flew in for the premiere, including British actor Martin Freeman, who plays the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and Elijah Wood.
The film opens on December 14 this year and will be swiftly followed by the second and third instalments in the trilogy over the course of the next two years.
Watch the film's trailer here: