Director Peter Jackson shared a picture of Martin’s last day on the set on his Facebook page.
“Tonight Martin Freeman finished his last shot as Bilbo Baggins… The end of an incredible two and a half years. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role – a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill.”
Jackson said that all of the humans, elves, wizards and hobbits have left the set. Now, it’s just Jackson and a bunch of dwarves.
“We have said goodbye to our elves, humans, wizards and now the hobbit. We now enter our final 2 weeks of pick-ups, and it’s wall to wall dwarves. These pick-ups have been gruelling [sic] and intense, but I’m so happy with what we’ve been shooting. These next two movies are going to be pretty great.”
Martin Freeman, Orland Bloom and Ian McKellan can all be seen this December in the second Hobbit film The Desolation of Smaug. The final film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released in December 2014.
Here’s a trailer for The Desolation of Smaug.