'The Hobbit' Final Days Of Shooting Shared By Peter Jackson [Photos]

Patricia Didelot

History is being made during the last days of shooting for The Hobbit, Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's children's book and prequel to The Lord Of The Rings.

On his Facebook page, Jackson has been sharing various photos of the last days of shooting in New Zealand, which are coming to an end this week. This is instead of his usual video blogs.

"A 20 hour day... 15 years of Tolkien... 771 days of shooting..." he states.

Peter Jackson is known and respected by his fans for having them involved and up-to-date in his projects. For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he shared several video blogs of the production, which gave followers many behind-the-scenes moments of the epic production.

The director seems to be nostalgic as the end of what has been years of bringing to life Tolkien's characters is put behind him. The Hobbit now enters into post-production for a December 13 release of the second part, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we see Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) join the dwarves and Gandalf in their quest to reclaim their land from the evil Smaug, the Dragon.

Jackson has been posting updates on Facebook since Wednesday.

"The Hobbit has been shot on Red's Epic cameras...Now, in our last week of shooting, Jim Jannard at Red has sent us an early model of their next generation camera 'The Dragon'."

Of his last day of shooting Jackson said,

"Our shoot day starts at 8.30am, and is supposed to finish at 7.30pm. I suspect we'll be working late. Whenever we work a long day, I joke with the crew that I'm just softening them up for when Jim Cameron shows up in Wellington to shoot Avatar 2 and 3. Well... It's not really a joke."

He promises to answer fan questions on his video blogs in a move to show he is conscious of all the followers that have reached out to him during this production.

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Go to Peter Jackson's Facebook page to see what else he has to say about the last days of shooting for The Hobbit in New Zealand.

[Images via Peter Jackson/Facebook]