The streets were lined with thousands of fans, Hollywood stars and cast from the movie as the elf-love in began in earnest ahead of the film’s forthcoming global bow.

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Cate Blanchett turned up to check out the new movie, with former Rings star Elijah Wood taking a bow, not to mention new man of the hour Martin Freeman and mastermind of the big screen adaptation of the Middle Earth saga, Peter Jackson.

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The new movie is released here on December 13, in the meantime check out the trailer below:

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