Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Hobbit trilogy filming wrapped up

Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen finish filming on The Hobbit movies

Peter Jackson has wrapped up filming his The Hobbit trilogy and shared pictures of his last day on the set with his Facebook fans.

The New Zealand film-maker provided a steady stream of updates and photos from the set of the final film, The Hobbit: There And Back Again.

The second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, will be released in December, and the finale appears next year.

The director posted pictures of dwarves, crew members and actor Martin Freeman, who plays hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

The photo updates began and ended with pictures of Jackson's cat, Mr Smudge. The final photo shows the director and cat cuddling, with the caption: "A long day. A great day. Thank you all for being part of it! Now for some sleep!"

The Hobbit, based on JRR Tolkien's novel of the same name, is the prequel to The Lord Of The Rings. It follows Baggins' adventures as he tries to help a group of dwarves regain their wealth and stature from the dragon Smaug.

The first film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, opened last December and surpassed one billion US dollars in box-office receipts worldwide.

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