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Follow the Hobbit Trail in New Zealand

Tolkien tourism is bringing fans from all over the world to New Zealand to see the filming locations for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Discover the real Middle-earth in all its otherworldly glory.

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The Middle of Middle-earth

A giant sculpture of Gollum, created by local special-effects studio WETA, welcomes the throngs of Hobbit fans at the Wellington Airport in New Zealand. The airport terminal has also been renamed, greeting arrivals with a sign saying, "The Middle of Middle-earth." The whole airport is dedicated to Hobbit-fever -- even luggage is collected from "Baggins Services."

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