"The giant dragon sounds pretty exciting," said Royd Tolkien, great-grandson of author J.R.R. Tolkien, who joined in the news conference via Skype from Britain.
Tolkien and actor Jed Brophy, who plays the dwarf Nori in "The Hobbit" movies and who also Skyped into the press conference, said they were excited about getting more hands-on involvement with fans.
"We enjoy interacting more than sitting behind a booth," Brophy said.
Patel and FantasyCon programming director Larry Curtis boasted that the event will have the largest concentration of "Lord of the Rings" and "Hobbit"-related celebrities ever in one fan convention.
The list includes the younger Tolkien; "Lord of the Rings" stars Sean Astin (Samwise), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli) and Billy Boyd (Pippin); and eight cast members from "The Hobbit": Brophy (Nori), Adam Brown (Ori), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), John Callen (Oin), Ken Stott (Balin), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), William Kircher (Bifur) and Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown).
The celebrity added to the list Tuesday is a big one: Simon Pegg, star of all three of the "Cornetto Trilogy" films ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End"), as well as major roles in the "Star Trek" franchise (as Scotty) and the "Mission: Impossible" films.
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