Taking an Unexpected Journey to Middle Earth? ‘The Hobbit’ has Your In-Flight Safety — VIDEO


Welcome to Air New Zealand, the official carrier for all flights to Middle Earth. For all hobbits, elves, goblins, and orcs making the trip home to the Shire before the premiere of Peter Jackson‘s newest epic, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the lord of the rings himself has helped the airline company craft a new in-flight safety video to let all of its passengers know the way of the skies.

If you needed any more proof that New Zealand is in serious like with the films that made them a real-life J.R.R. Tolkien universe, this should solidify it. The flight team—which really seems to embrace equal opportunity employment, being that the plane is helmed by wizards and elves—really emphasizes the friendliness of the open skies (except for that pesky Gollum—how on earth does he have a passport?) by letting everyone know the proper safety procedures. It even features Jackson, with the one ring to rule them all. It’s all pretty adorable and wonderful, further proving that the rest of the world could probably do well by being a little bit more like the magical islands of New Zealand.

Part one of the three-part epic, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, lands in theaters on December 14, 2012.

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Staff Writer Alicia Lutes is a corgi enthusiast from Connecticut living in Los Angeles. She loves Tina Fey, television, ugly things and really money cheese plates. Growing up, her grandfather frequently said, "you’re so god-damned good with words! You should do something with words with your life!" so she made it her quest to plaster her wordy witticisms across the Internet. She looks forward to retiring at the age of 80 and opening a fromagerie with a small army of wrinkly-faced and stumpy-legged dogs.