Peter Jackson has wrapped principal photography on ‘The Hobbit,’ notching 266 shooting days under his belt. He celebrated by posting the above shot to the movie’s Facebook page, along with a message for his fans.

Warner Bros. and Jackson have reserved time at Comic-Con 2012 in Hall H for Saturday, where some of the footage captured by Jackson will be screened for the salivating masses in San Diego. But Jackson has been teasing this ‘Hobbit’ process all along, bringing footage to Cinema Con earlier this year, as well as keep rabid fans up to date with fantastic behind-the-scene videos posted exclusively to his Facebook page.

We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!
Cheers, Peter J

Jackson, no doubt, has been edited along the way, as he has to deliver part one of his ‘Hobbit’ adventure – ‘An Unexpected Journey’ – in time for a Dec. 14 release. The film reunites Jackson (and audiences) with several familiar faces: Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood and Orlando Bloom, to name just a few.

But the story hinges on Martin Freeman, who plays reluctant adventurer Bilbo Baggins on a quest for treasure buried in the Lonely Mountain.

Expect plenty of ‘Hobbit’ coverage from Comic-Con, but here’s Jackson marking the closing of yet another chapter on his lengthy journey with J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless materials.