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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.

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