They are actually legal tender. This is part of the New Zealand tourism office's "100 percent Middle Earth" campaign.
The Asylum has their own hobbit movie coming out and it stars Christopher Judge. It looks... like an Asylum film.
Warner Bros. is currently trying to shut it down, claiming the word "hobbit" is copyrighted.
I swear to Gawd. The next person starts singing, "Hi-ho!" gets thumped!