When Bilbo came to town

By Diana Wichtel In Television

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6th December, 2012
Be careful what you wish for. It may have been unwise, I thought, as the premiere of The Hobbit burnished our global reputation as a very peculiar little nation, to yearn for the day when we would treat a cultural triumph with the same jingoistic giddiness, the traffic-stopping headless chookery normally reserved for wins at sport. As our newscasters transformed into overdressed, saucer-eyed, star-struck ninnies, we were trapped for hours in the middle of “the middle of Middle earth!”. And we thought Wellywood sounded a bit silly. There were Middle-earth stamps at Customs and ...

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