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The first stills from the production of The Hobbit have been released and show that teams down in New Zealand are working fast to bring the locale of Hobbiton back to life.

The first stills from the production of The Hobbit have been released and show that teams down in New Zealand are working fast to bring the locale of Hobbiton back to life.

Released by influential Lord Of The Rings fan site theonering.net, these pictures will no doubt get fans slathering for more developments from Middle-earth. Check out the stills below.

18596 Teams plant trees on a verge, which has numerous Hobbit holes in the background.

18597 Could this be the pathway from which Gandalf enters the Shire village?

18598 New Hobbit holes are plotted on this slope.

The first part of The Hobbit is pencilled in for a December 2011 release and part two will follow at the same time in 2012.