Queenstown’s Shotover Canyon Swing launched its newest jump on the weekend with some hobbit help. Actor Jed Brophy, who plays Nori the dwarf in the movies, was in town as part of a charity appearance for the Wakatipu Youth Booth. While here he tested the new jump – falling off the swing platform high above the Shotover River in a wine barrel – a ride especially created to recognise one of the key scenes in the second movie. The now famous scene includes Bilbo and the dwarves escaping the dungeons of the Elven king Thranduil by bouncing and spinning down a river’s rapids in a bunch of barrels, pursued by elves and orcs. Mr Brophy said the jump was a lot more scary than doing the barrel run in the movie. ‘‘The worst part was not knowing when it was actually gonna happen. The anticipation nearly killed me,’’ he said.
Grape height: Hobbit actor Jed Brophy, aka Nori the dwarf in the Hobbit trilogy, recreates a scene from the movie with Shotover Canyon Swing.