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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

this is why I love geeks: because they show us Middle-Earth from space

Behold the The MiddleEarth DEM [Digital Elevation Model] Project. Via io9, we learn:

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. You can also read more about the project in the Outerra and Cartographers’ Guild forums.

Here’s Mordor on the bottom right and Gondor on the bottom left, with the Anduin flowing from the Misty Mountains at the top center:

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A sort of upside down angle on the Blue Mountains and Ered Luin, with the Shire to the left of the curved snow-covered mountains (circled in red):

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Another angle on Mordor and Gondor:

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These give me chills!

Many more images at The MiddleEarth DEM Project.


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