Thousands of New Zealanders have taken part in protests against possible plans to make the adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit outside of the country. Stephanie West investigates. Organisers of the protests said they coincided with the visit of Warner Brothers movie executives, who are due to meet New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday to discuss moving the two-part adaptation from the country where the Lord of the Rings trilogy was shot. Rallies were held in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Queenstown and Matamata, where the Hobbiton sets have been built.