Google Chrome’s Hobbit-inspired Middle-earth

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Explore Middle-earth from convenience of your computer or smartphone.

As fans of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy look forward to a December 2 release for the second flick, Desolation of Smaug, Google has revealed its unique interactive Middle-earth map.

Google’s fond of using Chrome Experiments to demonstrate their browser-based app skills, and the “Journey through Middle-earth” is no exception.

Zoom in from the skies above the world of J.R.R. Tolkien and dive into locations from Jackson’s films. The closer you get to the land, the more it begins to display landmarks and towns familiar to Tolkienites.

Three of those places – the ruined fortress of Dol Guldur, Trollshaws forest, and Rivendell – can be explored really deeply, as a Gandalf-like voice guides you in a 3D journey through the areas. The game-like 3D areas give users a glimpse into the raw power of Chrome, and in the coming weeks more locations will open up for in-depth traveling: Erebor, Thranduil’s Hall, and Lake-town.

Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures on YouTube.