Well over a year ago, on March 21 2011, principal photography began on Peter Jackson‘s two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s novel The Hobbit. Today the production finished principal photography, and Peter Jackson has sent out a note and photo to commemorate the occasion.

Peter Jackson (or his assistant, but why split hairs) posted the photo to Facebook, along with a note:

We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con! Cheers, Peter J

We’ll see a lot more from The Hobbit next week at Comic Con, though we might not get any footage of some of the later story points in The Hobbit until next summer. The first film,  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, hits on December 14 of this year, while the second part, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will be released on December 13, 2013.

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