Return to the Shire

Cassie Carpenter, a reporter for the Daily Mail, takes a look at the set of the upcoming Peter Jackson film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, set to be released December 13, 2012. The article includes a trailer for the film. (video)

Carpenter's article includes aerial photos of the New Zealand set and discusses the availability of a commercial tour of the site, Rings Scenic Tours Limited. Director Peter Jackson discusses the fate of the original Bag End:

We did keep the original Bag End, but in the intervening 10 years we've turned it into a guest house so people can actually live and sleep in Bag End. It's up on a farm that we've got so it wasn't really possible to drag it back in the studio.