A Hobbit’s Guide To Air Safety, From Air New Zealand

Gollum does up his seat belt

Oh internet, will you NEVER tire of delighting the world with special treats?

So, this video is called An Unexpected Briefing, and it was made by Air New Zealand, as an alternative to the standard safety messages everyone has to sit through before takeoff. And it stars characters from the The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, including Gollum, Gandalf (as the pilot, naturally), dwarves, elves, the lot.

And of course, having been put online three days ago, it’s already up to 3 million hits on YouTube.

Keep your eyes peeled for a special guest star too:


Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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