BY ETHAN SACKS / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
PUBLISHED: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013, 4:59 PM
UPDATED: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013, 6:39 PM
A little piece of Middle Earth came to the Upper West Side of Manhattan Monday.
More than a month ahead of the Dec. 13 release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” director Peter Jackson and castmembers held a simultaneous fan celebration in satellite-linked movie theaters in the Big Apple, Los Angeles, London, and Wellington, N.Z. - as well as several other theaters around the world.
Orlando Bloom, a.k.a. the elf warrior Legolas, and Richard Armitage, better known to Tolkein fans as the dwarf leader Thorin Oakenshield, were on hand at the AMC Lincoln Square 13 theater.
CNN’s answer to Gandalf, anchor Anderson Cooper, was also on hand in New York to act as a global host.
Anderson Cooper hosted the event.
“We’ve got a packed theater in NYC, we have hobbit fans, elf fans and dwarf fans,” Anderson told the cheering crowd.
“There is one orc in the crowd but we’ve given him a lot of buttery popcorn so he won’t be a threat.”