Being an airport in Middle-earth means you have some oddball visitors. New Zealand’s Wellington Airport has been home to Gollum and now Smaug the dragon. The detailed sculpture measures 13 feet deep and was made by the Weta Workshop. The fierce beast was installed to promote the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy, The Battle of the Five Armies. Smaug greets passengers as they check-in to their flights (and probably thinks about how to steal all their treasures).
Check out a couple more photos of the dragon after the break.
Smaug was unveiled to 200 fans of The Hobbit first: