'The Hobbit' Video Blog Celebrates The End Of Production, Comic Con-Style

Just over a week ago at Comic Con in San Diego, Peter Jackson and some of his cast and crew took the stage to present a juicy reel of footage from the first of their films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Before that, however, the audience was treated to a special Comic Con edition of the latest production video blog from the film's team, which celebrates the end of principal photography. (Or what was touted as the end; it may not actually be quite that.)

Now a version of that video blog is online, complete with bonus footage shot before and during the Comic Con panel. You'll see hints of Goblintown, and a bit of Beorn's house, and the home of wizard Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy). See the full video below.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opens on December 14. The cast is not minor: Martin Freeman, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mikael Persbrandt, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Jeffrey Thomas, Mike Mizrahi, Bret McKenzie, Ryan Gage, Barry Humphries, Conan Stevens, and John Bell.

"The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the 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 Oakensheild. 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.