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"Not all those who wander are lost," wrote J.R.R. Tolkien in his fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings. The same could be said of Tolkien's fans, who, in response to the December 2003 release of New Line Cinema's The Return of the King, practically overran New Zealand (where the films were produced) and accounted for fully six percent of the country's visitors the following year. This year, New Zealand is gearing up for even larger crowds ahead of the December 14 release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in a new prequel trilogy based on Tolkien's novels. Here's a primer on the top can't-miss locations for enthusiasts of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.