It's safe to say that J.R.R. Tolkien had a fertile imagination. From dwarven citadels to immortal wizard-angels to the millennia-long history of his fictional world of Middle-earth, Tolkien came up with ideas and concepts that continue to inspire fans and artists alike. But as wondrous as his creations are, there's one thing so amazing even Tolkien couldn't have imagined it: 3-D.
Luckily for us, though, Peter Jackson is here to take "The Hobbit" out of the Age of Man and into the 21st Century -- and he's just posted a brand-new production diary explaining just how 3-D technology is affecting the way the movie was shot.
Okay, so the new video is a little more tech-geek than your average Ren faire enthusiast might care about. But considering the fact that 3-D is fundamentally going to change the way we view "The Hobbit" as compared to "The Lord of the Rings," it's worth taking 10 minutes to check out all the details on technical stuff like just how the makeup artists compensate for 3-D undersaturation. And there's some interesting information about the process of shooting at 48 frames per second instead of 24.
If you're more interested in dwarves hitting trolls with hammers than you are in the latest issue of Popular Mechanics, though, don't worry, because there are plenty of juicy tidbits for everyone here. Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Elrond (Hugo Weaving) and Bilbo (Martin Freeman) all make appearances, as do Thorin Oakenshield (Benedict Cumberbatch) and most of his dwarven companions. Plus, there's an extended look at the "psychedelic" forest of Murkwood.
That enough to whet your appetite? Then head over to Jackson's official Facebook page or watch the clip here. And get ready to see Middle-earth fantasy meet modern-day science.