Fans of The Hobbit show their love for Middle Earth at one metro Denver premiere screening

It's hard not to find some love in your heart for those darned cute, hairy-footed hobbits, and last night some of their most dedicated fans donned hobbit, elf and dwarfish gear for the long-awaited midnight premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at AMC Westminster Promenade 24 and other metro movie theaters. Our photographer Eric Gruneisen caught some in the act: Here are some our favorites; for more, see the whole slide show.

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