The Map Room
gives the tip to a Middle Earth mapping site called The Middle Earth DEM Project
. Relying on a number of different sources
, including The Atlas of Middle Earth
(at one time posted entirely online
, probably illegally), Lord of the Rings role playing games maps and Tolkien’s own maps (available in a zipped pdf format
), the intent is to produce a digital elevation model of all known lands in Tolkien’s world.
The tools and participants are many but the one that is being promoted by the site is one called Wilbur,
a free 3-dimensional modeling software that looks worthy of exploration itself. The Middle Earth DEM site provides a lengthy description on its use
The project is very much a collabrative one. Perhaps because of that it is a little confusing navigating about the site. Nevertheless, the project holds promise, if the collection of development images
is anything to go by (the image above is a 3-dimensional view of Isengard).
See also Geo-referencing Middle Earth