This week saw the release of the first video blog from the New Zealand set of The Hobbit. The long awaited follow-up to The Lord of the Rings, and my most anticipated two films since The Return of the King. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a couple of movies. And the coolest thing is that they’ll definitely live up to my expectations. Knowing that many of the same creative team has returned, and that they’re putting the same detail and care into the project, would be a shock if they didn’t measure up at all to The Lord of the Rings.
When I watched the first production video blog that Peter Jackson put together, it gave me the familiar feeling of The Lord of the Rings behind the scenes. The familiar music added an emotional weight to the video that conjured up memories of the films that have become so familiar to me, while also getting me really excited to hear the new music that Howard Shore is composing for these new adventures.
The video also made me want to build both Bag End and Rivendell at my house.
There hasn’t been a better writer than J.R.R. Tolkien, nor a better book than The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit is part of that world. Watch the video below.
I love how it ends with what was likely the first shot they filmed for the film: a hand picking up the One Ring, followed by a shot of Bag End.