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OTRC: Peter Jackson released from the hospital after ulcer surgery

"The Lord of The Rings" director Peter Jackson has been released from a New Zealand hospital after undergoing surgery for a perforated ulcer according to Entertainment Weekly.

The director, who went under the knife on January 26, is set to begin production next month on "The Hobbit" films.

Jackson was admitted to New Zealand's Wellington Hospital late last month after experiencing stomach pains. According to the magazine the director is recuperating at home and "The Hobbit" production will only experience a minimal delay.

Last month it was announced that Ian McKellen and Gollum actor Andy Seriks have signed on to reprise their "Lord of the Rings" roles in "The Hobbit" films. Also on hand is Elijah Wood, who will be reprising his role of Frodo Baggins. It was announced in December that Cate Blanchett signed on to play Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien once again.

The actors will join "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" star Martin Freeman, who was cast in the lead role of Bilbo Baggins in October. Other actors cast in the movie include Ken Stott as Dwarf Lord Balin, Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown, and Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn.

It was announced in October the two "Hobbit" films are set for release in December 2012 and December 2013.

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