By Grady Smith
Updated July 21, 2011 at 07:09 PM EDT

Peter Jackson may be skipping out on Comic-Con, but he’s making up for his absence by giving fans a ton of intel on his upcoming Hobbit adaptation. For the past few weeks, the director has been releasing lengthy production videos on his Facebook page that offer substantial previews of The Hobbit‘s sets and characters.

Yesterday, Jackson released his third behind-the-scenes video, and if you’re a hobbitual Tolkien addict like me, you’re going to want to see it. We see our first glimpses of Gollum’s cave, Cate Blanchett in costume, Rivendell, and a whole bunch of dwarves. If, however, you don’t feel like spending 13 minutes watching the clip — first off, who are you? — check out my convenient screengrab essay of the preview below the video!

Gollum’s Cave (Andy Serkis, who is also serving as 2nd assistant director, is back to play Gollum)

The dwarves battling at Trollshaw


Elrond (Hugo Weaving) at his table

Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) in her ethereal gown

The taller actors (who portray the dwarves in close-ups and in Bag End) standing with the smaller actors (who appear in wide battle shots and along the quest)


Ugh. Some dwarves just don’t appreciate a good air-drum solo…

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

  • Movie
  • 170 minutes
  • Peter Jackson