"There is no Middle Earth without New Zealand."
Or so they hope — in New Zealand.
Kiwis who would keep the production of the two-part "Lord of the Rings" prequel in New Zealand plan to turn out en masse Monday to greet arriving Warner Bros. executives.
Studio brass will be in the down-under country this week to decide whether a spat with local unions is cause to move production elsewhere.
But these folks seem pretty serious about not letting that happen …