The beginning of Bilbo Baggins' Unexpected Journey is now less than a month away but as this latest video diary shows, Peter Jackson and his crew are still hard at work on The Hobbit.
This 15-minute clip, the ninth behind-the-scenes video from the set of The Hobbit, shows the complexities of the post-production process - we'll find out on December 13th if it's worth the effort!
Here's the official synopsis for Peter Jackson's trilogy of Hobbit films, which begins with An Unexpected Journey on 14 December 2012;
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.