Air New Zealand takes passengers on an unexpected journey with new epic safety video.

Ever since The Fellowship of the Ring hit theatres in 2001, New Zealand has been synonymous with Middle Earth. Taking note of that, Air New Zealand has been a big supporter of The Hobbit over the past couple of years, so big that the airlines even has a Middle-earth plane.

Photo via Daily Mail
Photo via Daily Mail

The airline recently released their second safety video themed around around the franchise to promote the upcoming third movie in The Hobbit trilogy, Battle Of The Five Armies.


Appropriately titled “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made”, the safety video features appearances by Elijah Wood, who is known for his role as Frodo Baggins in the Lord Of The Rings Saga and the first Hobbit film, and director of all six movies Sir Peter Jackson. Sylvester McCoy, who plays Radagast and Dean O’Gorman, who plays Fili the Dwarf, also make cameo appearances in the video.

Photo via Daily Mail
Photo via Daily Mail

To make the video even more epic, director Taika Waititi, who helmed the video, portrays a version of Gandalf while baseball player Naoyuki Shimizu takes on the role of a passenger. Much like the previous Hobbit safety video by Air New Zealand, this one informs passengers on the vital information they need to know before take-off while taking viewers on an entertaining Unexpected Journey through Middle-earth.

As the exciting four and a half minute video comes to an end, Wood says “Thank you for embarking upon your journey with Air New Zealand. May your path always be guided by the light of the stars, and may the future bestow upon you all the happiness and adventure our Middle-earth has to offer” before he puts on the Ring and disappears. Sir Peter Jackson then pops into the frame and adds: “That’s a wrap everyone. I hope you enjoyed it.”

Watch the epic video below.


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