News & Opinions

Start typing to see suggestions or browse Australia

Middle-Earth stamps in passports - a step too far?

December 11, 2012, 9:43 amYahoo!7

With the first of 'The Hobbit' trilogy films hitting movie screens this week, the Huffington Post is asking if New Zealand has gone too far in embracing all things 'Hobbit'.

Middle-Earth stamps in passports - a step too far?
Rating:

With the first of 'The Hobbit' trilogy films hitting movie screens on boxing day, the Huffington Post is asking if New Zealand has gone too far in embracing all things 'Hobbit'.

The website posted a Twitter picture of a passport being stamped with "Welcome to Middle-Earth" and said: "Ok, New Zealand, the Hobbit hoopla is getting to be a bit much."


While the site said it was "totally adorable and understandable" that New Zealand was proud of its role in the movies, "this new passport stamp might be a bit too much".

"There are other great things for New Zealand to show off, after all," they wrote.

The site then asked its readers if they thought the stamp was "going overboard".

One user commented: "It's all they have man. Let them bask in it."

The same person also added: "Weather (sic) or not someone's been there doesn't matter at all actually. What matters more is what has NZ done that anyone knows about around the world? 2 things. Rugby team and that it's where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed."

Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle Earth, has also got into the Hobbit spirit with the unveiling of it's Hobbit themed plane and safety briefing video.

What do you think? Has New Zealand gone a bit Hobbit mad?

Show:
Newest First
Oldest First
Top Rated
Most Replies

1 Comments

  1. Spenceandkim10:40am Tuesday 11th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I love it, what great imaginations you Kiwis have. My children are traveling to Wellington this Christmas and will just love having this stamp in their passports. For such a small country you sure turn out some superstar Rugby players and netball players not to mention fabulous food and wine. My kids cant wait to see the "Hobbit" , they just loved the "Lord of the Rings". No doubt they will be indulging in fabulous "fish n chips" as well as super tasty New Zealand apples, while they are there.

    Reply