When I found out that J.R.R. Tolkien lived where I live and that the Two Towers and Mirkwood were both inspired by places here, I had a Lord of the Rings marathon (read all four books in two days) and went to the forest that Mirkwood was based on (on my own) and went searching for Elves and Hobbits. Even though the forest was out of bounds for people and locked up because foxes and wolves lived there.
Let's just say I had fun . . .