The world premiere of ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ took place in London earlier this week.

Flames, fans and friendly feuds engulfed the Shire's green carpet on Monday night for the world premiere of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies in Britain.

The Middle Earth forces laid siege to both of Leicester Square's Odeon and Empire Cinemas for the epic finale, with helmer Peter Jackson, joined en masse by Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis and Evangeline Lilly and lots of Lord Of The Rings fans.

“Very attractive, very intelligent, fantastically dressed, well-read, great taste in music and great taste in actors!” joked the film’s Bilbo aka Martin Freeman on a typical Hobbit fan.

Ian McKellen, who plays Gandalf, grew emotional at the thought of the story's close. Swiftly stating however, he was poised for another stint at the staff, if the call came: “I've got the hat safely at home. I've got the staff safely in my pub – The Grapes in Limehouse – and I've got the sword, Glamdring, downstairs. So, I'm ready,” he enthused.

Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen, left) and The Bard (Luke Evans) in The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

Andy Serkis (Gollum) brought his family to the premiere. — AFP


Director Peter Jackson joked around with the fans and media at the premiere. — EPA


Hardcore fans dressed as elves. — AFP

Having fused into a clan over the trilogy's run, like at any family gathering there was bickering and banter flying across the carpet. “Come on, Gandy, get yourself over here,” Orlando Bloom lovingly ordered McKellen to join him across the carpet for a hug.

Elsewhere, Luke Evans was telling tales. “I have a memory of Ian McKellan as Gandalf, going across the set doing the can-can, with no trousers on under his cape. He's got good legs though,” he mused.

Downwind of Evans, McKellen heard tell of his words, quipping in retort, “He is a fantasist! I don't know what he's talking about. I have great respect for Gandalf. Gandalf doesn't dance!”

As the guests filed in, Jackson joked, “I've got a bit of cutting to do before it starts… No, I finished it a week ago,” he clarified. But warned the audience: “I haven't seen it in its entirely yet – I hope it works!” — Reuters