It’s already been a great week for J.R.R. Tolkien fans, thanks to the release of an official teaser trailer for the first part of director Peter Jackson’s two-movie adaptation of The Hobbit. Early reaction to the footage has been overwhelmingly positive and most everyone is eagerly anticipating the return trip to Middle-Earth.

Now, yet another Hobbit production diary video has been released online, courtesy of Jackson. This particular behind-the-scenes clip follows the project’s filmmaking crew as they prepare to (and do) transition from working on sound stages to shooting around the scenic New Zealand landscape.

However, it is Jackson and his crew’s return to the refurbished version of Hobbiton that’s the real highlight of this new set video. Between brief bits of older behind-the-scenes footage from the Lord of the Rings trilogy production, co-star Elijah Wood (looking virtually unchanged in his Frodo Baggins costume) carrying on about what a nostalgic experience this new project is for him, and imagery that shows off the incredible craftsmanship and impeccable detail of the Hobbits’ home village – this is a real treat for anyone who loves Jackson’s cinematic take on Tolkien’s famous source material (or just appreciates quality filmmaking, in general).

You can check out the new Hobbit production video below:

Once again, early signs definitely point to Jackson’s Hobbit movies not only being a technical marvel, but also all the more engaging and heartfelt a pair of fantasy adventures, because of the passion and innumerable hours of hard-work (and manpower) being poured into making them. Suffice it to say, winter 2012 can’t get here soon enough…

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters around the U.S. on December 14th, 2012.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again is also slated to hit 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. a year later on December 13th, 2013.

Source: Peter Jackson