New behind the scenes photos from The Hobbit

This is just jaw-dropping stuff we’re sharing here today. Director Peter Jackson has always been good to fans, sharing production video blogs, preview trailers, and extra special DVD / Blu-ray features. Today, however, is phenomenal. We’ve got 150 behind the scenes pictures from the set of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Any fan of LOTR who has been patiently awaiting this movie will probably be drooling on their keyboard right about now. This is a huge gallery of pictures, courtesy of Comic Book Movie, and features a quote from Peter Jackson to kick off the first slide. Since it’s a bit hard to read on our site, here’s the full quote:

“The question was: “Who are we going to get to direct this movie?” I guess it was at that point that I began to rethink whether or not I could take it on. In the end, I said to myself: “If I were going to make a film of The Hobbit then it would have to be a film that I wanted to see and one I could enjoy directing.” I then had to decide how I could make that process enjoyable and finally made the decision that I was going to be the same filmaker I had been on Lord of the Rings, but was simply returning to Middle-earth to tell a new story.” – Peter Jackson

Official Synopsis: The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome 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 Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs 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 ingenuity 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.


There's a BUNCH more at the source. Also, we totally need an Ian McKellen tag