beschizza — 2014-01-28T11:25:51-05:00 — #1
xzzy — 2014-01-28T11:42:40-05:00 — #2
What I think would be fun is for some brainiac to decipher the tectonics of whatever they call the planet that middle-earth is on and answer if continental features as they were drawn by Tolkien could actually exist.
I'm an armchair geologist at best, but it seems to me a lot of things in there that couldn't happen naturally.. the box of mountains around Mordor being an easy example.
jardine — 2014-01-28T12:18:44-05:00 — #3
A wizard did it.
xzzy — 2014-01-28T12:54:31-05:00 — #4
marjae — 2014-01-28T13:18:21-05:00 — #5
The Wizards only came to Middle Earth to oppose Sauron, so they were a bit late to do it. The plate tectotonics of Middle Earth must be a bit unusual if it was originally flat, but there are interpretations that it was always round.
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allium — 2014-01-28T13:53:10-05:00 — #6
I suppose a mantle-plume hotspot could both create Orodruin and a localized Basin And Range Province environment of stretched-out lithosphere. Later tectonic action could deform the resulting valleys and mountains and GOD DAMN IT I HAVE WORK TO DO.
brainspore — 2014-01-28T15:26:55-05:00 — #7
I bet there's some Magellan-like figure in Middle Earth trying to find an Eastern route to the undying lands.
jmcrosa — 2014-01-28T16:49:49-05:00 — #8
I thought that you could just zoom in on New Zealand.
anansi133 — 2014-01-28T16:50:01-05:00 — #9
The Outterra software looks pretty awesome. I wonder if it could render non-spherical worlds? Like Halo, or Ringworld, or Varley's Titan.
dhuff — 2014-01-28T18:19:46-05:00 — #10
That link to fastcodesign.com appears to be broken...
er0ck — 2014-01-29T13:37:41-05:00 — #11
i wonder if Stephen Colbert has commented on this.
sbrownpearn — 2014-01-29T14:03:37-05:00 — #12
I kind of like to imagine a Future Middle Earth where the Dwarves, in search of new caves to mine and riches to uncover, have developed space travel and a fellowship led by a great, great, great (etc, etc) Baggins ancestor begins a quest to the the Sun to finally and ultimately destroy a recently resurfaced One-Ring, which has reconstituted itself over centuries by means of some unknown powerful dark magic.
anthonyc — 2014-01-29T14:54:47-05:00 — #13
Coming to Middle Earth to oppose Sauron means they arrived right as Illuvatar sank Numenor beneath the oceans, and bent the (previously flat) world into a sphere. Plenty of room for geological upheaval.
Speaking of which, has anyone done a pre-Numenor version? Also, is Valinor up there somewhere, maybe as a moon? And are the sun and moon visible as an actual fruit and flower carried by the maiar?
beschizza — 2014-02-02T11:25:53-05:00 — #14
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