Peter Jackson has recently revealed via Facebook that additional filming for the next two Hobbit films has just commenced in New Zealand, and Jackson talks about the "powerful scenes" that are included in the footage.

Peter Jackson, the esteemed director of J. R. R. Tolkien's definitive fantasy series The Lord of the Rings and now The Hobbit, has just revealed via a Facebook post that shooting for the additional footage for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again has just commenced.

Jackson commemorates the shooting with an on-set picture featuring the director with the iconic Ian McKellan in Gandalf's full wizard garb:

Jackson also reflected on the entire journey as a whole while shooting on the set:

"Back on set for our last Hobbit pick ups. Our last ever Tolkien pick ups, in fact. It's going to be an intense few weeks, but we're looking forward to shooting some powerful scenes with our great cast. Our next blog is coming soon!"

The additional footage was prompted by Jackson and Warner Bros.' decision to stretch out the Hobbit films to three films instead of two, ending with the release of The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December of next year.

The next film in the series, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is set to hit theaters for a holiday release on Dec. 13, 2013.