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'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' has celebrated its world premiere in New Zealand's capital Wellington.

Over 100,000 fans turned out to see the stars and crew behind the 'Hobbit' debut the long-awaited Peter Jackson film, according to Stuff.co.nz.

Andy Serkis ran along the red carpet high-fiving people, while Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood also signed autographs.

Ian McKellen, who plays the wizard Gandalf, was absent but sent the message: "I wish I were there in my spiritual home in Wellington."

Also on the carpet was J.R.R. Tolkien's great-grandson, Royd Tolkien.

Director Jackson, at a news conference hours before the premiere, said he hopes the new technology he used on his 'Hobbit' film trilogy will create a magical experience that will get people into theatres.

He said the films were shot at 48 frames per second instead of the traditional 24 to give them greater clarity. »

- The Huffington Post UK/PA

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