The world premiere of The Lord Of The Rings: THE RETURN OF THE KING has brought an amazing 100,000 fans to the streets of Wellington, New Zealand.

The giant parade was also attended by the film's Kiwi director PETER JACKSON, and the stars of the final installment of the fantasy series such as SIR Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood.

Such was the size of today's (01DEC03) crowd, that it was the equivalent to a quarter of the capital city's population.

Jackson said, "I'm feeling incredibly humbled by this wonderful reception.

"I'm incredibly proud of what's happening, but it's just a personal thing. You can only do what you can do. You do the very best job you can. I don't think I have any regrets."

The epic movies were filmed back-to-back in New Zealand.

01/12/2003 17:30