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Christmas came early for a few special Hobbit fans last week on a day which is often deemed unlucky by many.
Ian McKellen made a surprise appearance during a midnight screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug at New York City's AMC Lincoln Square on Friday, Dec. 13th.
Gandalf himself delivered a few opening remarks, causing overzealous fans to erupt into hysteria as they gave the 74-year-old English actor a standing ovation while he took the stage.
"Congratulations on being the first audience in New York to see The Desolation of Smaug," the actor, who is currently in New York performing Waiting for Godot and another play with BFF Patrick Stewart, said. "This is where I wanted to be right now as we turn midnight on to lucky Friday the 13th."