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Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has undergone surgery for a perforated ulcer, The Associated Press reports.

Jackson was admitted to a Wellington, New Zealand, hospital on Wednesday after suffering severe stomach pains, his publicist said. He is now resting comfortably and expected to make a full recovery.

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Jackson's illness will delay the start of filming for The Hobbit, the two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for a few days.