For months, voracious fans of the "Lord of the Rings" and the "Hobbit" have been waiting for the release of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Of course, they'll have to wait a bit longer, as the film doesn't hit theaters until December 14th. But in the meantime, they'll have something else to enjoy.
Beginning today, New Zealand will have legal tender featuring Hobbit words and images. And it's not funny money, but real money that can be used to buy and sell goods, with pictures of Hobbits and words in both English and Dwarvish.
How did this happen? And could it ever happen in Ameirca?