Jeff Labrecque
April 14, 2011 AT 01:26 PM EDT

“It is strange walking around here because … I’m used to looking at a set like this on film and now we’re walking back into it again. It’s almost like you’ve stepped inside a movie.” The words of Peter Jackson, as he gives a video tour of The Hobbit‘s sets in Wellington, New Zealand. It’s a sentiment that will be felt by the millions of fans who’ve waited to return to the fabled locales of Middle-earth. In a 10-minute video posted on his Facebook page, Jackson offers a glimpse of the movie’s first days of production. A worldly Ian McKellen hangs around Bag End, sporting specs and a stylish cap, Martin Freeman makes himself at home, and Andy Serkis delights in being the first actor put to work. Then Howard Shore’s score wells up, and it’s easy to fall back in love with this world. “I look forward to keeping you up to date as we go through the next … two or three years,” says Jackson, who seems refreshed and eager to lead his army of actors and artisans again. Enjoy.

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