Yesterday was March 21st in New Zealand, and as such it was the official start of filming for The Hobbit. To kick off this long-awaited occasion, Peter Jackson launched his own Facbook profile and uploaded the first two pictures of the set; both of which are from the new Bag End set (which apparently now has a bedroom according to Ian McKellen’s blog). It’s been twelve years since filming began on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it’s almost unreal that a new Tolkien movie is now finally in production by the same team that brought that trilogy to the screen. Here is New Line’s official synopsis for the two Hobbit movies, and you can check out the two set photos below:
â€œThe Hobbitâ€ follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever â€¦ Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollumâ€™s â€œpreciousâ€ ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities â€¦ A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.