It’s been two and a half years since Martin Freeman first donned his hobbit feet to play Bilbo Baggins but today he hung them up for the very last time. In a photo shared by Peter Jackson on his Facebook page, the Sherlock actor can be seen on set waving a fond farewell to the camera after completing filming on the three-part franchise.
And in an added treat for fans of his BBC detective drama, Jackson posted another picture of Freeman in costume with his co-star Benedict Cumberbatch accompanied by the caption “Smaug admires Bilbo’s feet”.
Jackson paid tribute to his leading man on his final day on set, terming it, “The end of an incredible two and a half years. I cannot imagine anyone else in this role – a character that Martin has nurtured and crafted with love and great skill.”
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings director added, “We have said goodbye to our elves, humans, wizards and now the hobbit. We now enter our final 2 weeks of pick-ups, and it’s wall to wall dwarves. These pick-ups have been gruelling and intense, but I’m so happy with what we’ve been shooting. These next two movies are going to be great!”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released late last year, with The Desolation of Smaug set to debut on 13 December 2013, followed by There and Back Again on 19 December 2014.