It was Wales Comic Con at Glyndwr University, Wrexham last Sunday and it seemed as if the whole of the town had turned up to take a look. The queue to get in snaked round and round the buildings by opening time but, once actually inside, there was very little waiting to be done. It was a well-organised Con with plenty of staff on hand to help and, being on a small site, all the venues were close together.
Adam Brown (Ori), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), Ken Stott (Balin), John Bell (Bain) and Mark Atkin (Thorin’s size double) were there from The Hobbit along with Tolkien’s great-grandson Royd and Justin Nicholls, who had both been Gondorian Rangers in The Return of the King.
Here are some of the Middle-earth fans who came to meet The Hobbit cast.
Hollie Charles and Louise Jones came as Thorin and Fili. They spent two weeks making their costumes. Louise (Fili) found the wrist brace the hardest thing to make and Hollie (Thorin) thought the armour, which was made out of art clay, the most difficult part of her costume.
Carole Siwek brought along her production notes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring premiere to be signed by The Hobbit cast, adding to the many autographs already there.
Olivia Winter and Tracey Block wore Black Milk Middle-earth collection leggings and dress.
As well as the guests from Middle-earth there were cast members from Atlantis, Game of Thrones and Red Dwarf and artists and writers too. In the afternoon there were panel sessions for, among others, Torchwood, Smallville, Star Wars and, of course, The Hobbit.