First Official Pictures From The Hobbit!

These will be gracing this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly, but we’ve got them here for you to drool over.  While they obviously aren’t anything huge or Earth-shattering, it is insanely cool to see the world of Middle-Earth once again.  And seeing Ian McKellen back in his Gandalf outfit, is just a geek’s dream. For fun, I’ve included the captions from Peter Jackson on each image:

The Hobbit Official Picture

“He fits the ears, and he’s got some very nice feet”, Jackson says of his Bilbo. “I think he’s got the biggest hobbit feet we’ve had so far. They’re a little bit hard to walk in, but he’s managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait.”

The Hobbit Official Picture

”He’s in fantastic form,” Peter Jackson says of McKellan. ”In a way, his role in The Hobbit has more technical difficulties than Lord of the Rings did, because he has scenes with 14 smaller characters — obviously the dwarves and the hobbit are shorter… I remember saying to him [laughs], ”Look, this isn’t Waiting for Godot or King Lear. This is The Hobbit. This is the real thing.”

This is why I love Peter Jackson.  Unlike many of the other director’s out in Hollywood today, he’s not uber-secretive.  In fact, he loves sharing things with people, and showing off what he’s done lately.  It’s a refreshing take on the production process, and one I really admire.

The Hobbit Official Picture

”There’s no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these,” Jackson says. ”When we were going through the schedule for The Hobbit, I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we’d be shooting for 254 days. We’re only 12 days short of The Lord of the Rings even though we’re only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on.”

Here’s the sad thing though.  Now I really can’t wait for this movie, and I want more.  While I was surprised to see official images so early in the filming, I’m really hoping now to get more.  Unfortunately I don’t think that will happen for a little bit.  Oh well, I can savor these for a while!