Peter Jackson just released his first video from the set of The Hobbit , and in addition to getting all misty-eyed over it and the thought of our eventual return to Middle-earth, we actually found out some amazing things about the upcoming prequel to The Lord of the Rings.
So here are 9 really cool, funny, or just plain awesome tidbits about The Hobbit.
♦ The Bag End set is exactly the same as the first one back when they filmed the Lord of the Rings trilogy more than 12 years ago—it's even on the same soundstage.
♦ There will be more cool and awesome swordfighting scenes.
♦ Elrond's chamber in Rivendell is also an exact copy of the one they had in The Fellowship of the Ring.
♦ We will see some brand-new sections of Rivendell that we haven't seen before in The Lord of the Rings. They will be new for The Hobbit—and according to Peter Jackson, they will be pretty cool.
♦ The broken sword of Elendil, seen in Fellowship of the Ring, will make its return in The Hobbit.
♦ The goblin tunnels under the perilous Misty Mountains look awesome, and the set's walls can be moved to accommodate filming. And oh look! There's an old decaying mummy goblin arm lying on the dusty floor. Wonder if it'll make it into the film?
♦ There's an exact order in which the 13 dwarves and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) will be sitting at Bilbo's (Martin Freeman) table in Bag End.
♦ Talking of Ian McKellen, this one's pretty happy not to be in a fat suit like his fellow actors playing the dwarves, and Peter Jackson has proposed to McKellen to stick a fan up Gandalf's robes to give him a bit of air conditioning. So if you see Gandalf's robes billowing in a scene, then there MUST be a fan somewhere underneath.
♦ Andy Serkis, who is back as Smeagol/Gollum, is officially the first person in the makeup chair on the first day of production on the set of The Hobbit.
But don't just listen to us—check out what Jackson himself had to say below.
The Hobbit parts 1 and 2 will open on December 2012 and December 2013 in 2-D, 3-D and IMAX 3-D.