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J. R. R. Tolkien's epic trilogy offers the magic of Middle-earth — The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. On a trip to Queensland, located in the South Island of New Zealand, we joined a tour to the site of Lord of the Rings. Massive trees and moss growing into bushes create a veritable primordial forest. If you concentrate on the photo and click on "Golum" you will see the hideous creature lurking in the woods.

New Zealand is a natural wonderland, and its people some of the most gracious and hospitable in the world. Sparsely populated, some say that sheep outnumber the people 10-to-1, others give a more realistic estimate 100-to-1. Despite the small population, the nation produced two unrivaled leaders in their respective fields: Lord Ernest Rutherford, a physicist who discovered the atomic nucleus and Sir Edmund Hillary, a mountain climber who first conquered Mt. Everest.

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