‘The Hobbit’ Set Video #5: The Return To Hobbiton

Published 3 years ago by , Updated September 18th, 2012 at 8:31 am,

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…

In case you missed them, be sure to also check out:

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.

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  1. Rad

    • Agreed.

  2. wow that felt good. we r so lucky to have so many talented people working on such a amazing movie. in my opinion i dont understand how other directors even get outa bed when they know that people like peter jackson exist.

    • Let’s not pretend peter jackson is the greatest director of all time. He has a phenomanal trilogy, a pretty good king kong movie and a not so good lovely bones. He doesn’t have enough movies to be considered the greatest. He isn’t in the same playing field as spielberg and scorcese. I put him in the same field as nolan, fincher and james cameron

      • WHAT? Dead Alive? The Frighteners? Meet the *Freaking* Feebles? Jackson is a GOD! (I am kidding, however I really do like those movies.) Still, Jackson is a really good director and has made some great movies. But, it takes ALOT more than a good director to make a good movie. Even Jackson said in that video he “cant begin to understand the logistics” that go into making his OWN MOVIE. It takes a veritable army of people to create any movie let alone epics like LotR and The Hobbit or even Goodfellas or Schindler’s List. I think people put too much emphasis on directors, producers and actors. Without Bob Johnson, Gollum is just a skinny British guy in a funny looking suit and Sam Neill would be looking at a tennis ball on a stick instead of a T-Rex.

        • Really good points I am not by any means trying to say peter jackson is a bad director cause he is really good.

      • I actually thought Lovely Bones was a well made move they just didn’t follow the book enough.

      • ok that´s your decision,but lucas did his trilogy-success in 70s 80s,and the three new ones,but before the new tr.it was established in movie and popculture and merchandise,or do you remember howard the dog. so,mr.jackson have made with the lord movies the same ,it´s the most famous since star wars.potter and the ring trilogy!what i mean is the directors you named beside cameron or maybe spielberg,scorsese is just a good director of very good films,but he´s not playing in their league.

        • after wading through your nearly intelligible post i think you meant Howard the Duck. now THAT was a terrible movie. i still say Star wars in the 70’s and 80’s and Indy were just flukes and lucas cant do much else thats good (jar jar binks anyone?)

          • *UNintelligible. lol. hard to type and think with a tv going, my cat on the desk, and the phone ringing.

        • I thin scorcese is a great director that’s my opinion. And I need to see some more peter jackson movies before I call him great. I didn’t like king kong all I’ve liked of his is the trilogy. I like fincher and nolan a lot more. Just an opinion tho everyone is allowed to have one

  3. I am so glad that they having been releasing these videos! Peter Jackson seems like such an amazing person. I’m glad he understands our fanboy needs! lol

  4. Awesome…..can’t wait for The hobbit. IMAX!!!!!

  5. Poor Peter. He worked so hard to lose all that weight and now he’s getting it back. Maybe Tolkien’s work has something to do with it.

    • Only indirectly. Kind of hard to eat right and exercise when you are sitting in a chair all day pointing and barking orders.

  6. I love these videos. It really makes you appreciate a director like Jackson. If he wasn’t a fellow film nerd he wouldn’t even think to release these. I’d bet if he was just another film fan like most of us he’d be visiting sites like this to get his film fix.

  7. bunch of guys with beards floating down the river. lol. thought that was funny!

  8. Sometimes, a director is just right for a project. Lucas was good for Star Wars (at least the original trilogy), Sergio Leone was good for the spaghetti western, Scorsese is good for gangster films, Spielberg can do most anything, but specializes in science fiction and, as of late, historical movies, and Jackson most definitely belongs in the director’s chair for epics about Middle Earth! So glad that The Hobbit is in his hands!

  9. Awesome that they built Hobbiton out of permanent materials. However they should have built them complete and not just as outside shells. If they were made with proper utilities and materials it would have been quite a nice place. Imagine what some people would pay to have a hobbit hole on that hillside.

  10. THANK YOU Peter Jackson, what an amazing guy. I wanna go have a pint with him!