We are in a war against time with the end of the Mayan calendar to survive long enough to see Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again.” At least we get some cool images like this to help tide us over.

That’s right, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit screens on December 14, 2012, but the filming is well under way. Empire Magazine has a great little feature on the movie this month that includes some excellent new photos of Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins.

There’s even some new comments from Peter Jackson about what it is like to film this movie compared to the first three.

“I’m exactly the same filmmaker as I was ten years ago,” says Jackson. “I’m trying to nail the same thing that I did before. I’m just telling the story.” The only difference is that this time he has a bunch of snarky dwarves to corral. ““They don’t know what to make of Gandalf, they think Bilbo is a wuss, and Elrond a prissy headmaster type,” laughs Jackson.

Source: Empire