Pretty Much Just Like Our Own Planet: What Middle Earth Would Look Like From Space

February 18, 2014


These are several shots of Middle Earth as viewed from space taken from The Middle Earth Digital Elevation Project. What the hell is a Middle Earth Digital Elevation Project? It's, um, a project about Middle Earth's Digital Elevation. Maybe I should just copy/paste a quote. Incoming!:

The Middle Earth Digital Elevation Model Project is a collaborative effort to create a complete digital model of Middle Earth that can be virtually explored on foot or admired from great heights. The worldbuilders are using the Outerra graphics engine to place every forest, field, and stream on their digital Middle Earth and you can download the demo version of Middle Earth--DEM that they released last year.

Heck yeah, if I zoom in will I be able to see Frodo and all his furry little friends running around together? And, more importantly, will there some sort of mod so I can fire missiles at them? Haha, run you filthy little Hobbits! Uh, why's that wizard waving his staff at me? Shit, looks like he's about to cast something! *nukes planet* I win.

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Thanks to TBTMH, who agrees they should do the same thing for all the planets in the Star Wars universe so I can live out a couple fantasies of mine.

  • Matty Spinny

    wheres all the buildings?

  • fdafda

    huh, does middle earth have significantly less water? I never noticed

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Middle-earth is supposed to be one continent in an alternative past of our Earth. Or that's what I heard.

  • fdafda

    yeah, i had thought that too based on the hobit's intro but I don't actually remember the intro just thinking that so wasn't sure

  • Nathan Klassen

    One does not simply take satellite photos of Mordor.

  • $434689

    Looks like they have a real problem with those atmospheric particulates. All that Smaug can't be good them...

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    Oh you...

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