11 photos from the set of The Hobbit show new Shire being built

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

The director who'll be bringing The Hobbit to the screen may be in doubt—but the fact that The Hobbit will eventually make it to the screen? There's no doubt about that.

So while we wait for the issues holding up the film to be untangled, one thing that isn't waiting is the construction of a new Shire. These photos were taken more than a month ago, before director Guillermo del Toro left the film. But whoever ends up directing the film ... well ... a hobbit has to live somewhere!

Check out the first photos below of a new Middle-earth being readied for our return.

(via movieweb)