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Production officially begins on The Hobbit, see two photos from the set

03.21.2011

As "that guy who didn't like the LORD OF THE RINGS movie," I was eternally pleased when the trilogy was over and I could go back to living my life. Then came THE HOBBIT. Warner Bros. and MGM jointly announced yesterday that filming has begun on THE HOBBIT, Peter Jackson's two-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien's story, which takes place 60 years before LORD OF THE RINGS.

With a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson, the films will be shot in 3D on location in New Zealand. The news was posted on Peter Jackson's new Facebook page, which will update frequently throughout production, along with two shots of Jackson on set in New Zealand.

We also have an official synopsis for the films, which go as follows:

“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.

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10:02AM on 03/21/2011
Terrific! Can't wait!
Terrific! Can't wait!
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10:04AM on 03/21/2011
Is the facebook page correct? I keep getting a page not found...
Is the facebook page correct? I keep getting a page not found...
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11:04AM on 03/21/2011
Thanks, that worked!
Thanks, that worked!
10:09AM on 03/21/2011
Niiice. Something tells me that Jackson's gonna be fat again by the end of the shoot.
Niiice. Something tells me that Jackson's gonna be fat again by the end of the shoot.
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10:23AM on 03/21/2011

FINALLY

!!!!!
!!!!!
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11:07AM on 03/21/2011
The creatures should be really exciting to see.
The creatures should be really exciting to see.
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11:14AM on 03/21/2011
Awesome news, I can't wait to see set photos of this epic! ..and how can anyone not like Lord of the Rings?
Awesome news, I can't wait to see set photos of this epic! ..and how can anyone not like Lord of the Rings?
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11:17AM on 03/21/2011
im not even going to say it...
im not even going to say it...
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5:25PM on 03/21/2011
There's a special place in hell for people like you. You do know that?
There's a special place in hell for people like you. You do know that?
11:21AM on 03/21/2011

Being the only guy who didn't like Lord of the Rings...

Shouldn't you have let somebody who gives a shit report this?
Shouldn't you have let somebody who gives a shit report this?
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12:52PM on 03/21/2011
he´s not the only guy, there are a lot of us, thank God for that :)
he´s not the only guy, there are a lot of us, thank God for that :)
11:37AM on 03/21/2011

You are so in the minority, Mike

As someone who was bouncing up and down like a 4-year-old when I first saw Fellowship, I couldn't be happier that this movie's moving forward
As someone who was bouncing up and down like a 4-year-old when I first saw Fellowship, I couldn't be happier that this movie's moving forward
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12:54PM on 03/21/2011
minorities usually rule over the majority, you know that? :D
minorities usually rule over the majority, you know that? :D
11:39AM on 03/21/2011
It's finally happening!! At long last!

P.S. Ditto on Bojac. Sounds like Sampson needs a hug, seeing as he's being a sour-puss today.
It's finally happening!! At long last!

P.S. Ditto on Bojac. Sounds like Sampson needs a hug, seeing as he's being a sour-puss today.
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12:44PM on 03/21/2011
Thank god! It's always relief to see a movie begin filming before any director/cast fall out. *ahem*
Thank god! It's always relief to see a movie begin filming before any director/cast fall out. *ahem*
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1:06PM on 03/21/2011
To each his own, I suppose, although I don't see how anyone could not be entertained by the LOTR movies.

I'm stoked that this is finally happening. I hope del Toro's touch is noticeable, especially in character design.
To each his own, I suppose, although I don't see how anyone could not be entertained by the LOTR movies.

I'm stoked that this is finally happening. I hope del Toro's touch is noticeable, especially in character design.
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1:12PM on 03/21/2011
I'm excited for this. Jackson may falter a bit when making other films, but he definitely knows what he's doing with the LOTR world. Glad he's back to finish this!
I'm excited for this. Jackson may falter a bit when making other films, but he definitely knows what he's doing with the LOTR world. Glad he's back to finish this!
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1:34PM on 03/21/2011

Cool

Those are like the most beautiful behind the scenes pictures ever.
Those are like the most beautiful behind the scenes pictures ever.
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1:55PM on 03/21/2011

You know Sampson...

I never knew that about you. You just fell a few notches on my chart. BTW - CAN'T WAIT!
I never knew that about you. You just fell a few notches on my chart. BTW - CAN'T WAIT!
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4:16PM on 03/21/2011
I'm excited but why would they get a non fan to report this story? Also, I don't think I could listen to the podcast the same way after finding that out.
I'm excited but why would they get a non fan to report this story? Also, I don't think I could listen to the podcast the same way after finding that out.
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4:59PM on 03/21/2011

You're not the only guy

I didn't like the first trilogy either. I kept asking myself, "Why can't they just fly that big fucking bird over the volcano"
I didn't like the first trilogy either. I kept asking myself, "Why can't they just fly that big fucking bird over the volcano"
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5:04PM on 03/21/2011

Blah

First GDT leaves the film...then Jackson decides to shoot 3D (on the Red no less)...then we get our first look at it and it looks like the plastic wrapped, candy coated version of the first great story I ever read.
The LOTR trilogy was visually 110% perfect why are they changing it? And Don't tell me the studio is making him shoot 3D that's bullshit.
Jackson used to be an inspiring film maker and my hometown Kiwi hero. I wish the Red camera had never gotten so unnecessarily popular it's
First GDT leaves the film...then Jackson decides to shoot 3D (on the Red no less)...then we get our first look at it and it looks like the plastic wrapped, candy coated version of the first great story I ever read.
The LOTR trilogy was visually 110% perfect why are they changing it? And Don't tell me the studio is making him shoot 3D that's bullshit.
Jackson used to be an inspiring film maker and my hometown Kiwi hero. I wish the Red camera had never gotten so unnecessarily popular it's ruining great pictures like The Social Network and The Hobbit. It has no soul, and neither will The Hobbit.
Sad day. I'm not even remotely interested in this film anymore. RIP Peter Jackson, the once passionate Director.
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5:05PM on 03/21/2011

Blah

First GDT leaves the film...then Jackson decides to shoot 3D (on the Red no less)...then we get our first look at it and it looks like the plastic wrapped, candy coated version of the first great story I ever read.
The LOTR trilogy was visually 110% perfect why are they changing it? And Don't tell me the studio is making him shoot 3D that's bullshit.
Jackson used to be an inspiring film maker and my hometown Kiwi hero. I wish the Red camera had never gotten so unnecessarily popular it's
First GDT leaves the film...then Jackson decides to shoot 3D (on the Red no less)...then we get our first look at it and it looks like the plastic wrapped, candy coated version of the first great story I ever read.
The LOTR trilogy was visually 110% perfect why are they changing it? And Don't tell me the studio is making him shoot 3D that's bullshit.
Jackson used to be an inspiring film maker and my hometown Kiwi hero. I wish the Red camera had never gotten so unnecessarily popular it's ruining great pictures like The Social Network and The Hobbit. It has no soul, and neither will The Hobbit.
Sad day. I'm not even remotely interested in this film anymore. RIP Peter Jackson, the once passionate Director.
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5:35PM on 03/21/2011
A series of moving pictures does not have a soul.

And If I hadn't read later on, I would have never noticed that The Social Network was shot on RED.
A series of moving pictures does not have a soul.

And If I hadn't read later on, I would have never noticed that The Social Network was shot on RED.
5:23PM on 03/21/2011
People who don't like the LOTR movies are sad people and really need to check-in into an insane asylum, just sayin'...

As for the news that filming has (finally!!) begun, that's great news!

As for the way Jackson is filming these movies, for the ones complaning, I think the guy in charge has proven himself in the past and might know a little more about filming movies than you.
And 3D? Well I don't like 3D movies (except campy ones, like Piranha). But you always have the option of seeing
People who don't like the LOTR movies are sad people and really need to check-in into an insane asylum, just sayin'...

As for the news that filming has (finally!!) begun, that's great news!

As for the way Jackson is filming these movies, for the ones complaning, I think the guy in charge has proven himself in the past and might know a little more about filming movies than you.
And 3D? Well I don't like 3D movies (except campy ones, like Piranha). But you always have the option of seeing it in 2D so no big deal there.
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7:17PM on 03/21/2011

I'll be that guy

Goblins AND orcs? I'm sure they are not different creatures. And actually I think the word "orc" is not used when the characters are speaking "English," but "goblin" always is. This seems like an attempt to harmonize the films and keep the term "goblin" active, since it shows up all the time in "The Hobbit." It would be better if they just said "orc" and didn't make up a creature.

And sorcerers? I don't remember Bilbo coming across any sorcerers.
Goblins AND orcs? I'm sure they are not different creatures. And actually I think the word "orc" is not used when the characters are speaking "English," but "goblin" always is. This seems like an attempt to harmonize the films and keep the term "goblin" active, since it shows up all the time in "The Hobbit." It would be better if they just said "orc" and didn't make up a creature.

And sorcerers? I don't remember Bilbo coming across any sorcerers.
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3:53PM on 03/22/2011
Goblins prefer the darkness, hence why they usually live underground and only come out at night to scavenge for food. They're similar to orc in appearance, however, and are probably a sub-specie.
Goblins prefer the darkness, hence why they usually live underground and only come out at night to scavenge for food. They're similar to orc in appearance, however, and are probably a sub-specie.
9:06AM on 03/22/2011
Hmmm I thought they were different. Based entirely on my experience of playing 'Hero Quest' as a nipper, I thought goblins were smaller, dwarf sized and orcs were more human sized...

In fellowship I thought those were goblins in the mines (that crawled down the walls and surrounded them before the Balrog turned up) but I could be wrong.

There must be a Warhammer geek in here somewhere to set us straight...
Hmmm I thought they were different. Based entirely on my experience of playing 'Hero Quest' as a nipper, I thought goblins were smaller, dwarf sized and orcs were more human sized...

In fellowship I thought those were goblins in the mines (that crawled down the walls and surrounded them before the Balrog turned up) but I could be wrong.

There must be a Warhammer geek in here somewhere to set us straight...
8:49PM on 03/21/2011
You'd be correct. Orc is a term for the whole race. Goblin's are Orcs but obviously all Orcs are not Goblin's (Uruk Hai are a new breed of Sarumans).

Sorcerer? Well...Wizards anyway.
You'd be correct. Orc is a term for the whole race. Goblin's are Orcs but obviously all Orcs are not Goblin's (Uruk Hai are a new breed of Sarumans).

Sorcerer? Well...Wizards anyway.
9:37AM on 03/22/2011
Might seem like an odd/obscure point, but it just occurred to me, will the forced perspective technique they used in some hobbit related scenes in the LOTR trilogy still work if they're shooting in 3D? Sure there's other ways of doing it, but would shooting from two visual perspectives (albeit similar ones) screw up that sort of illusion?
Might seem like an odd/obscure point, but it just occurred to me, will the forced perspective technique they used in some hobbit related scenes in the LOTR trilogy still work if they're shooting in 3D? Sure there's other ways of doing it, but would shooting from two visual perspectives (albeit similar ones) screw up that sort of illusion?
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9:38AM on 03/22/2011

PJ Facebook Page Correction

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12:09PM on 03/22/2011

Yup...

I think I'd ALSO want to see a documentary about Jackson's weight loss...
About hating: I believe none of us has won an Academy Award for best movie so I wouldn't be hating this... I'm sure the guy knows what he's doing.
I think I'd ALSO want to see a documentary about Jackson's weight loss...
About hating: I believe none of us has won an Academy Award for best movie so I wouldn't be hating this... I'm sure the guy knows what he's doing.
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3:51PM on 03/22/2011

Two articles...

Two articles in a row Sampson has talked about how he doesn't like the movies he's posting about. Why not let some one who is actually a fan of those movies post it instead? I'm tired of articles being so opinion based and typically negative.
Two articles in a row Sampson has talked about how he doesn't like the movies he's posting about. Why not let some one who is actually a fan of those movies post it instead? I'm tired of articles being so opinion based and typically negative.
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