FIRST LOOK! From The Set Of ‘The Hobbit’ (Production Has Begun!)

New Line/Warner Bros. has begun production in New Zealand on The Hobbit. The two-part Peter Jackson adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic is going to be epic.

The studio has released this info (below) as well as the two photos of Peter Jackson on set.  Being the geek that I am, I LOVE these photos!  Really take a good look at them and see what you find.

“The Hobbit” is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”

“The Hobbit” 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… 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 Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

These movies will come out in late 2012 and 2013. So put on your patience caps and get ready for an epic close. Stay tuned to Hollywood Hiccups for the latest updates from the set of The Hobbit.

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