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Finns queue in zero temperatures to get Hobbit tix

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Nov 25 2012, 8:32am

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Finns queue in zero temperatures to get Hobbit tix Can't Post

[caption id="attachment_65903" align="alignright" width="300"]Finns queue in zero temperatures for tickets to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Finns queue in zero temperatures for tickets to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.[/caption] Barliman's moderator Miriel reports on the queue to acquire tickets for the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Helsinki.

The tickets for the very expected Unexpected Journey were released early yesterday morning in Finland. A long line of people, hobbits and what looked suspiciously like Shadowfax were waiting outside the doors of one of the bigger cinemas in Helsinki before the sale started.

The people in front of the queue had arrived on Thursday, and were camping out in sleeping bags and tents. However, the majority of the people (and hobbits) lined up on Friday to get the queue numbers that were handed out at 22:30 that evening.

Arriving with only a couple of hours to spare, I had exactly 300 people in front of me, and at least as many behind. Those with cloaks had good use of them to keep the warmth in the slightly chilly weather. Others had brought warm tea, and I am certain one or two of the elves brought Miruvor with them.

[caption id="attachment_65904" align="alignright" width="300"]Tickets for the Helsinki debut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Tickets for the Helsinki debut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey[/caption]The row of people reportedly stretched half-a-kilometre, and led to many a question from passing people. After repeating “we are waiting for tickets to the Hobbit” over 50 times, some of the people started coming up with alternative answers. “We are waiting for the President elections” and “we are just randomly making the longest queue in the world, do you want to join?” were some of the explanations that people got before hearing the more correct version.

After receiving the queue numbers people could walk around as they pleased. A big lot chose to spend the night watching the Extended Editions of the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers, which were shown in the cinema. Apparently the audience was very familiar with music videos from youtube, since solemn lines like “tell me where is Gandalf, for I much desire to speak with him” were met with cheers and applauds. The noise after “they are taking the hobbits to Isengard” was almost more deafening than the explosion at Helms deep.

After Gollum´s Song had tuned out it was time to line up again to finally buy the tickets. The sale was very effective, and the staff at Tennispalatsi deserves a lot of kudos for organizing everything so well! Just a couple of minutes after 8 in the morning the people were wearing big smiles while sleep deprived eyes watched the precious tickets. Now we just have to wait until December 12 to get use for them!

Tol Eressea

Nov 25 2012, 3:00pm

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Kudos to all who queued [In reply to] Can't Post

especially those who did it in subzero temperatures.

Those of us whose Baggins side won over the Tookish side will have to be content with seeing to movie on 13th or 14th.

But every word you say today
Gets twisted 'round some other way
And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied

Tampa Phil

Nov 26 2012, 3:55pm

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I would imagine [In reply to] Can't Post

Finns do just about everything in zero temperatures.


Tol Eressea

Nov 26 2012, 9:20pm

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Well, we do have this three day period called summer. // [In reply to] Can't Post


But every word you say today
Gets twisted 'round some other way
And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied

The Shire

Nov 27 2012, 9:17pm

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congrats :) [In reply to] Can't Post

We won't get any tickets here in Stockholm before the 2nd ...
Depends on the weather how I long might be able to queue ...



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