It's official from Wellington, New Zealand: The Hobbit has finally begun filming. What has to be considered a moment of victory to legions of Lord of the Rings fans, who have patiently waited nearly a decade as the production endured one ridiculous dilatory crucible after another, the announcement probably also serves as a relief that fate didn't find other creative ways to intervene. Just one look at the above picture of director Peter Jackson walking through the circular portal to Bilbo's subterranean abode, Bag End pretty much makes it all clear: We're going back in Middle Earth, folks! Check below for the other historic brand new pic of Jackson in the Bag End set and a (possible) hint about the film's story.
Interestingly enough, the press release also provides a storyline description that cuts the story off at the part when Bilbo encounters Gollum for the first time in the dark, watery caves of the Misty Mountains. Since the films will be divided into two parts, could this be a hint as to where the first film reaches its climactic cliffhanger?
“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."
Source: Peter Jackson