Did you hear that? It’s like a million fantasy geeks (myself included) cried out, and were suddenly silent – oh, wait. No, they’ve gotten louder. It’s official. The Hobbit cameras are rolling.

If you’ve been following news on this film at TFR (and if not, why not?), you’ll know that every development, no matter how pedantically minute, has been faithfully reported on by yours truly. Peter Jackson moves or breathes in relation to the LOTR prequel, and I’ve got you covered.

So, the cameras are now officially rolling, and in a wee while we get to enjoy the first of a two-part epic that is, for me, seriously appealing. I’ll let you in on a secret – I’ve still not done the Lord of the Rings read-through, yet. I’ll leave that for a heavy Kindle session while I holiday at some point in the sunny future. But I read The Hobbit as a kid, and it was awesome.

Dwarves, Hobbits, dragons, elves, oh – and Gandalf. All part of the package, alongside a more concrete origin story than the brief one we were given in Jackson’s LOTR trilogy, though that was perfectly enjoyable in and of itself. Though how they’ll reconcile the fact that Ian Holm and Martin Freeman are, well, just not that similar-looking, is beyond me. Regardless, who cares? Go Jackson, go! For geeks everywhere! For Middle Earth! For – oh, hi Jon. No, give me back my keyboard! (Sorry. We know how he gets. – Ed)

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