Something special has landed today from the far distant reaches of Middle-earth. It's Peter Jackson's first videoblog (or 'videblogisode', as he doesn't seem to be calling it). It charts the final weeks of pre-production on The Hobbit with a thrilling, emotional and pretty unprecedented glimpse behind the scenes of the movie.
Watch and enjoy below. The painful genesis of the two-part 3D epic doesn't really need reiterating - but, OMG, ouch - and the spring is clearly back in the director's step as principal photography kicks off. In fact, unless our peepers are deceiving us spectacularly, he may even have let us in on Bilbo's discovery of a certain piece of jewellery under the Misty Mountain.