New ‘Hobbit’ Production Video Shows Gollum’s Cave, Dwarf Battles & More

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Peter Jackson and his team have been hard at work since the beginning of the year filming The Hobbit, but that hasn’t stopped the director, cast, and crew from having a little bit of fun as well.

In a newly-released video production diary, Jackson takes fans to the set of The Hobbit and shows off some of the cool new Middle-earth characters we’ll be meeting. Like the previous videos (part one and part two), the friendliness and camaraderie between the cast and crew is infectious, particularly among the dwarves, who are bonded together by the hours they spend in hair and makeup each day.

Also in this new video, Jackson offers fans a glimpse behind-the-scenes of some of The Hobbit‘s most famous scenes – including the first meeting between Bilbo and Gollum. The footage, which includes Andy Serkis’ rasping return to Gollum, is awesome and is definitely enough to make a Tolkien fan swoon.

Check out the video for yourself, via Peter Jackson’s Facebook page, below.

Nobody knows his audience better than Peter Jackson. Practically speaking, there’s absolutely no reason for Jackson to spend time filming these videos. The audience for The Hobbit will be huge no matter what, so it’s not like the behind-the-scenes footage is necessary to drum up buzz. He’s making them simply because he wants the fans to be involved in the making of the film. How cool is that?

It’s great to see this production diary focus on the dwarves, especially since we’ve spent the last couple of weeks looking at a nearly endless series of promotional photos of them. As neat as it is to see a stoic Thorin Oakenshield posing for the camera, its infinitely better to see him charging at a troll. I was particularly excited to see the great John Rhys-Davies (Gimli in Lord of the Rings) drop by the set to offer his fellow dwarves some advice.

Jackson has assembled a fine cast, is working with a dedicated crew, and is clearly in command of the subject matter. For as long as it took this project to get off the ground, it definitely seems like it will be worth the wait.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters on December 14th, 2012. The Hobbit: There and Back Again comes out a year later on December 13th, 2013.

While The Hobbit won’t have a presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the Screen Rant team will be in attendance covering lots of other great films and TV shows. Make sure to follow the official Screen Rant Twitter account for up-to-the-minute insights from the Con.

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  1. Wow!! This just keeps getting better and better!!

  2. Every second of this is exhilerating!

  3. METAL BOMBUR FTW!!! ROFL

  4. Saruman!!!

  5. I think one of my favorite things about the 2 hobbit films is that Andy Serkis is filling the 2nd Unit Director shoes.

  6. please please please please PLEASE, for the love of all that is holy……FIX Kili and Thorin before you get too far into this! Neither look anything like Dwarves. I even got that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach when I saw Kili close up the first time.

    There are still others like Bombur, Ori, Bofur (Pippy Longstockings anyone? Seriously?) and Fili that I don’t like either but they at LEAST have some dwarfy qualities.

    I’m also now worried about the way the Dwarves are being portrayed in general. They are supposed to be somewhat bumbling and inept, having to rely on Bilbo to get them out of situations. Instead I’m seeing all these battle ready types which is a distinct departure from the book.

    • dude, in all honest respect, they look finee! stop crying over it, and actually there really isnt a way on how dwarves are suppose to look. I think they look greatt, and i was hopping Peter Jackson would have them look like the “battle ready types” that you said. I loveee it and i can’t wait to see them in action.

      • It’s obvious you either have no clue what Kili and Thorin look like or blindly worship Jackson as a god that can do no wrong, or maybe a bit of both.

        As to “there really isnt a way on how dwarves are suppose to look”, you are again sorely mistaken. While Tolkien might have not given out a lot of info. about Dwarves he did say that they were all short, stocky, had large noses and were prideful of their long beards (this is all paraphrasing of course), and had a love of gold. It’s funny that Jackson got the Dwarf look right in the LotR but not here.

        Kili – Displays NONE of the dwarf characteristics mentioned. In fact, he looks like the antithesis of them. He looks taller, is thin, has nothing more than 5 o’clock shadow, pretty face……he looks more like a short Human or an emo Elf than a Dwarf.

        The book also states that both he and Fili have yellow beards. Not seeing that in Kili either. It’s a HUGE fail any way you look at it.

        Thorin – He should represent the pinnacle of the Dwarf look, being the king and all but instead looks more like a Klingon reject from Star Trek with a short beard/goatee.

        The book also states he has a LONG beard and that he’s old, 195 to be exact which, considering the dwarf lifespan of 250 years, should give him a few more wrinkles and grey hairs.

        • “He looks taller, is thin, has nothing more than 5 o’clock shadow, pretty face”

          If you’d watched the video within the article you’re commenting on, you’d catch the reference made about him being the younger dwarf, who hasn’t gotten his beard yet and ostensibly hasn’t filled out into the stocky dwarf form we’re all familiar with.

          Tolkien was very vague about the specifics of the dwarves, and Jackson & company tacitly acknowledge that. Interpreting the 13 dwarves into 13 variations instead of having 13 clones of Gimli isn’t running counter to canon, it’s actually showing appreciation for the source material. Also, being a film, you needto visualize the differences between characters on-screen, because you can’t really on written descriptions to add detail.

          If Tolkien’s Middle Earth were real, there would be variation amongst its residents, and members of a race would still be individuals coming from different towns or cultures, and variation would exist.

          • Yeah I watched it but hate to break the news to you, that information is incorrect (or more to the point deceptive) . Just because he is the “youngest” of the group doesn’t automatically make him a boy, it’s all relative. We know his age to be 77 years and Fili’s to be 82, a cold hard fact. Considering the average lifespan of a Dwarf being 250 years that would put BOTH by human standards in their early to mid 20′s (between 22-25). So they are FULL adults, even by dwarf standards. As shorter beard? Well ok, maybe for them but 5 o’clock shadow? Sorry, not buying it.

            As to them not “filling out” yet….Again, if they haven’t started by the age of 77, then there is something medically wrong with them in Dwarf terms.

            Also you seem to have missed the little detail about them both being blonde.

            From what I have been able to gather, Jackson sold out to an extent. He changed both Kili and Thorin on purpose to make them heartthrobs for the girls to swoon over like they all did for Legolas. It makes a certain amount of sense from a movie making standpoint but I never thought Jackson would do something like that.

            • You’re trying to educate the resident Tolkien nerd. It’s like taking your dog to the vet and explaining to the doc the off-label uses of Tobramycin. They already know.

              The fact still stands that Jackson needs to create some visual variation among the 13 dwarves, and introducing clear age delineation is merely bringing some of the descriptive nature of the books into a visual representation instead of paragraphs of words.

              You can not like it all you want, but that’s a totally separate thing from whether it works or should be done. People seem to forget that “what I like/dislike” is often totally disconnected from “it’s right/should be done/should be avoided/etc”

              • I am fascinated by the area of tension between Tolkien’s homely epic romance and Jackson’s bowdlerizations. I agree with Ken that some of the cinematic choices that have to be made result in mere quibbles (who cares if Kili is 77 or 57 or 90?). Other choices matter more to me. Frodo NOT attacking the wraith on Weathertop, Faramir losing his integrity (even for a moment), Sam losing faith in Frodo, and the wholesale loss of the mythic scope for the sake of ‘realism’. So, more to the point of this forum, I’m not worried about the appearance of any of the dwarves, or even about what looks to be a scene in which the dwarves are actually fighting the trolls (rather than being instantly popped into sacks). There is relatively little at stake in The Hobbit (book) compared to LotR (book), the former being a more sort of standard lightweight quest story and the latter a much fuller study of collective character and culture, so the films can be as pedestrian as you please and it won’t be nearly as disappointing to me as were LotR (films). I’m looking forward to 13 dwarves I can tell apart from each other as long as the Arkenstone doesn’t get ham-handed.

              • For someone who claims to be a Tolkien nerd, I can’t believe you would be fine with having a Dwarf that looks more like a short Human ranger than anything else (Mini-Strider if you will). So are you saying that a full adult Dwarf shouldn’t at least have a complete beard and not just 5 o’clock shadow?

                I agree he does need to create a unique look for them past the brief descriptions but he should at LEAST work within the bounds of what a Dwarf is AND the small amount of specific knowledge provided. Are you honestly telling me they couldn’t do both and the task was too great for them?

                Book states that Thorin had a long beard. Why does the movie version not have one? Doesn’t the King deserve to be as “dwarfy” as Gimli and the others like Oin and Gloin? He is also 195 so shouldn’t he also look, well, older?

                I don’t see a reason to bring up the “Emo Elf” since I already explained why we was so completely wrong just based on the book’s description but you are of course free to disagree.

                Oh and I once had a doctor diagnose me with shingles when I clearly had chicken pox. I had to EXPLAIN to him why it couldn’t be shingles and then asked for a second opinion (yes, he was wrong). So sometimes you do indeed need to educate the doctor, no one is perfect. ;)

  7. Nice but I’m eagerly awaiting to see Evangeline Lilly’s role.

  8. Loved the guest at the end. Saruman. It seems they are having a good time.

  9. AWESOJME!!!!!!! Waiting for the fourth video blog

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