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Peter Jackson takes Hobbit to China

Director Peter Jackson and actor Richard Armitage have attended a red-carpet premiere in China of the final Hobbit film.

Peter said at the event in Beijing that he has been having a hard time getting used to the nickname "Peter the Great" affectionately given to him by Chinese fans.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ends Jackson's massively successful six-film franchise that started with the 2001 release of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

The final film from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit fantasy novel has earned more than 800 million dollars (£529 million) in the US and worldwide since it opened in December. It will be released in China on Friday.

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