The-Hobbit-An-Unexpected-Journey-PosterPeter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is finally just a few weeks away from its arrival on the big screen, and Jackson has released the ninth instalment in the great production videos we’ve been treated to throughout the production.

The last one we saw was way back in summer, and this latest video takes us behind the scenes of post-production, giving us more than a few glimpses of some footage that hasn’t yet surfaced in any of the trailers or TV spots.

The film premieres out in New Zealand in just four days, and if Jackson is to be believed – that they’re due to finish post-production two days before its premiere – then he’ll still be hard at work this weekend!

“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.”

Martin Freeman leads the charge this time around as the young Bilbo Baggins, starring alongside Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Stephen Fry, Hugo Weaving, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, and Christopher Lee.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in 3D in regular and IMAX theatres on 13th December here in the UK, followed a day later on 14th December in the US. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will then land on 13th December, 2013, and finally The Hobbit: There and Back Again on 18th July, 2014. For now, here’s the latest instalment in this great series of production videos to keep the anticipation on high. Enjoy.

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