Hobbit set revealed in aerial views (+photos)

A new photo of the Hobbit set near Matamata.  Photo / Stephen Barker/Rex Features
A new photo of the Hobbit set near Matamata. Photo / Stephen Barker/Rex Features

Fresh photos of Hobbiton show stunning aerial views of the site where Peter Jackson is shooting his highly anticipated back-to-back films.

The new photos show the additional work that has been done to Hobbiton for Jackson's two Hobbit films, which includes 37 separate Hobbit holes.

Jackson told the Daily Mail he was looking forward to opening the site up to fans of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

"We are really excited to be able to offer fans of the films the chance to walk around and explore this beautifully crafted set, which is a centerpiece of both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit," the Daily Mail reported Jackson as saying.

While visitors have been allowed to tour the site since the Lord of the Rings films finished shooting, Jackson said Bilbo's home Bag End had now been turned into a guest house.

"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."

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is due for release on December 13.

- Herald online

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