#1 By: Rob Beschizza, January 28th, 2014 11:25
#2 By: xzzy, January 28th, 2014 11:42
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.
#3 By: Jardine, January 28th, 2014 12:18
A wizard did it.
#4 By: xzzy, January 28th, 2014 12:54
#5 By: Marja Erwin, January 28th, 2014 13:18
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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#6 By: allium, January 28th, 2014 13:53
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.
#7 By: Tim, January 28th, 2014 15:26
I bet there's some Magellan-like figure in Middle Earth trying to find an Eastern route to the undying lands.
#8 By: Jose Crosa, January 28th, 2014 16:49
I thought that you could just zoom in on New Zealand.
#9 By: Joe Rodgers, January 28th, 2014 16:50
The Outterra software looks pretty awesome. I wonder if it could render non-spherical worlds? Like Halo, or Ringworld, or Varley's Titan.
#10 By: David Huff, January 28th, 2014 18:19
That link to fastcodesign.com appears to be broken...
#11 By: er0ck, January 29th, 2014 13:37
i wonder if Stephen Colbert has commented on this.
#12 By: Spencer Brown Pearn, January 29th, 2014 14:03
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.
#13 By: Anthony Vicari, January 29th, 2014 14:54
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?
#14 By: Rob Beschizza, February 2nd, 2014 11:25
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