J.R.R. Tolkien fans, rejoice: Filming for The Hobbit begins today. To mark the occasion, New Line Cinema has released these two lovely set photos, proof that Peter Jackson has recovered from his perforated ulcer and is ready to take on the year of photography and post-production needed to make the film's late 2012 release date.
The photos aren't just confirmation of Jackson's post-surgical health. There's a third photo that shows the director during production of Lord of the Rings, before his enviable weight loss. If this isn't evidence of the power of a yogurt and muesli diet, nothing is.
You can follow the hobbit and the dwarves on their journey through Rivendell, the Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, the Lonely Mountain (aka various New Zealand locations, such as Matamata) and back again on the official blog.