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Fellowship of fans in a tribute to Hobbit movie

Fans wear homemade costumes to see The Hobbit sequel yesterday.
Fans wear homemade costumes to see The Hobbit sequel yesterday.

THERE was no mistaking what movie Daniel Ambrey and his fellowship of friends were looking forward to seeing yesterday.

To the amusement of onlookers at Limelight Cinema, the group of seven dressed in their finest Middle-Earth attire to watch the much-anticipated addition to The Hobbit saga.

The film, titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is director Peter Jackson's latest attempt to translate author J.R.R. Tolkien's masterful work to the big screen.

And as an avid fan of the book since he was 10 years old, Mr Ambrey, 21, hoped the film wouldn't disappoint.

"The first instalment of The Hobbit trilogy was pretty good, though I felt it was a bit long winded," Mr Ambrey said, dressed as the wizard character Gandalf.

"I'm hoping for more action this time and more of the dragon, Smaug."

Mr Ambrey said dressing up to watch the films had become somewhat of a tradition, after he and his three sisters opted to watch the first Hobbit film in costume.

"My sisters and I were brought up reading the books and so we've been anticipating the release of The Hobbit movie ever since the Lord of the Rings trilogy ended," he said.

"We thought it only appropriate to welcome each of the films in style."

The siblings, from Ebenezer, were joined this year with friends from Berean Bible Church who were also drawn to the fun idea of dressing up to watch the movie.

But going to the movies in medieval fantasy costume can also present its share of dilemmas.

Mr Ambrey said his younger sister Madeline was almost denied entry to the screening of the first Hobbit film, because she was barefoot as part of her costume.

"I thought it was kind of silly, after all I went in with a wizard's staff and my other sister, Ashley had arrows, but it was Maddie's bare feet that were the issue.

"Our dad had to go to a nearby store and buy her some shoes so she could go in.

"It can also get quite hot wearing these kinds of costumes in summer - thankfully this Boxing Day isn't as hot as last year was.

"Eating choc tops is also a bit of a challenge when you're wearing a beard."

But Mr Ambrey and his fellowship said they would certainly be in costume again to watch the final movie in the Hobbit trilogy.

The film, titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is currently scheduled for release in July 2014.

Limelight Cinemas assistant manager Andrew Blakie said The Hobbit's second instalment had definitely seen the biggest audience numbers during the Boxing Day rush.

Though not many other movie goers chose to dress up as elves or dwarves or ringwraiths for the occasion.

Mr Blakie who has worked in the movie industry for nine years, said Boxing Day was hands-down the busiest time of the year for cinemas, followed by New Year's Day.

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