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    Watch The Hobbit Take Flight: Peter Jackson, Gollum and Middle-Earth's Finest Join Air New Zealand

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Talk about an unexpected start to your journey.

    If you didn't already know that Air New Zealand was the official airline of Middle-earth, then you certainly will after watching their cheeky, Hobbit-infused flight safety video released today, which features hobbits (of course), dwarves, elves, orcs, wizards and one or two particularly familiar faces.

    Peter Jackson cameo, anyone?

    See how Ian McKellan defended The Hobbit against its 3-D criticism

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's director (and, incidentally, birthday boy!) sneaks his way into the entertaining spot in a rather, well, precious cameo, as does Gollum, Dean O'Gorman (aka Fili the Dwarf), and J.R.R. Tolkien's great-grandsons Mike and Royd Tolkien.

    Huh, if even the flight safety videos generated by this franchise are epic, we have high hopes for the Martin Freeman-starring first installment of the franchise, out Dec. 14.

    Well, if you're gonna leave Bag End, you may as well do it in style.

    Check out more flick pics from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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