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Monday, 12 December 2011 06:00

New Zealand draws new interest with 'Hobbit'

Written by  By Jayne Clark, USA TODAY
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MATAMATA, New Zealand – Ian Alexander remembers the day well. He was watching a rugby match on TV when a knock came at the door. He opened it to find a location scout seeking permission to film scenes from Lord of the Rings on his sprawling sheep farm.

"I said, 'Lord of the what? I'm just a bloody old broken-down farmer with a few sheep running around,' " Alexander recalls.

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