New 'Hobbit' Production Diary Footage

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Director Peter Jackson and the cast of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey journeyed to San Diego for Comic-Con 2012 to preview unseen footage from the highly anticipated prequel to The Lord of the Rings, and now Jackson is sharing the footage – as well as a taste of his own Comic-Con experience – in a brand-new video blog.

Video: Go Behind the Scenes of 'The Hobbit'

THE HOBBIT, Production Video #8, Last Days, 23 July 2012 shows Jackson uniting with such Lord of the Rings stars as Ian Mckellen, Andy Serkis and Elijah Wood alongside new Hobbit Martin Freeman to present footage to die-hard Comic-Con fans.

The extended behind-the-scenes look chronicles the final days of shooting the movie and features footage with Serkis (who plays Gollum) directing second unit action with Orlando Bloom (and crew members sporting "Andy's Flying Serkis" T-shirts); the film's incredible, detailed sets; oversized props; the camaraderie and sense of family on the set; plus a few practical jokes: "What happens in The Hobbit stays in The Hobbit," quips one crew member.

Video: Elijah: Filming 'Hobbit' Like 'Family Reunion'

Following the adventures of Bilbo Baggins in Middle-earth as he journeys to with a group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen by a formidable dragon, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey rides into theaters December 14, 2012. The second part, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, comes in December 2013.