New Zealand becomes Middle Earth as Hobbit mania takes hold

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Visitors pose next to a sculpture of the J. R. R. Tolkien character Gollum at the Weta Cave museum in Wellington in this September 25, 2012 handout photograph. New Zealand's capital city was rushing to complete its transformation into a haven for hairy feet and pointed ears on November 27, 2012 as stars jetted in for the long-awaited world premiere of the first movie of the Hobbit trilogy. Picture taken September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Positively Wellington Tourism/Handout