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    Posted December 18, 2012 by
    Emeryville, California
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    'The Hobbit' is here!

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    One Cold Night In Middle-Earth...


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     RoxannaMeta spoke to us just before 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' and shared her plans. Check out a roundup of 'Hobbit' film reaction here, and a look at Tolkien fandom here.
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    One cold night in Middle-Earth...


    Four friends donned their best jerkins, bodices, boots, velvet gowns, and cloaks; they laced on their swords and touched up the fur on their feet; and they went forth to greet the public for the biggest Unexpected Journey of the year!


    Last Thursday night, three of my costumed compatriots and I were asked to appear at our local AMC theater for the midnight showing of The Hobbit. We've made appearances for midnight shows before, and always had a wonderful time goofing off and taking pictures with theatergoers. This night was no exception.


    We spent a few hours greeting guests and taking photos in all our gear. Turnout was a little disappointing, but everyone who showed up was full of excitement! Lots of homemade cloaks, beards, and wizard hats were in evidence. It was cold outside for California, but the mood was warm.


    When it finally came time to see the movie, we settled in with the best seats in the house and our laps full of popcorn. We were intrigued to see the high frame rate version of the movie - so many rumors had been spread, and now we got to experience it for ourselves.


    It was an admittedly long, but delicious, three hours. I can't speak for my friends, but I enjoyed every minute of it. It was such a beautiful thing to be back in Middle-Earth again, after so many years. The high frame rate was jarring at times, but at other times enabled me to get completely lost in the world (and to appreciate the stunning detail on the sets and the costumes!). Bringing back some of the characters from the Lord of the Rings movies felt like fanservice at times, but I didn't mind - what am I if not a fan? I laughed, I cried, I gasped and clutched my poor boyfriend's arm; I had a wonderful time.


    The magic is back! Yes, three movies will probably be "too long," in the end, but I think I'll just pretend I'm watching exclusive screenings of the extended editions. What fan wouldn't want that opportunity, right?


    I can't WAIT until next year!




    Roxanna Meta as Arwen
    Lieven Leroy as Aragorn
    Mary Anne Butler as a hobbit
    Knave Murdok as a dwarf
    Photos by Subversive Photography and The Watters Mark Photography



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