The Lord Of The Rings has a specific climate, described in J.R.R. Tolkien, novels and a scientist claims he has mapped it with the help of a computer and discovered that director Peter Jackson may have made a mistake in choosing the location for his films.
According to reporter Adam Vaugh, of the British publication The Guardian, a scientist at Bristol University programmed his computer to determine the climate of the fictional world of Middle Earth, where Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and now The Hobbit trilogies take place.
Dr. Dan Lunt is an expert in historical climate change and decided to explore the area in which hobbits, dwarves, orcs, and wizards roam.
Using one of Tolkien’s detailed maps, Lunt scanned the information the Lord Of The Rings author provided to determine what kind of weather the fictional world experienced.
“For a model to work, all you need is a map of where continents are, and how high the mountains are,” Lunt says.
After the input of the required information was completed, the machines at the Advanced Computing Research Center spit out the climatic patterns of Rohan, Mirkwood, and the rest of The Lord of The Rings world for about six days, which is the equivalent of 70 years in the model.
Lunt concludes that the climate around Mount Doom, located in Mordor, where the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, from The Lord Of The Rings, must destroy the ring, is similar to that of Los Angeles, hot and with volcanic ashes resembling the smog the city of Angels is known for.
As to the climate in the Shire, where Frodo and Bilbo Baggis have their home, it turned out to be similar to that which one would find in Lincolnshire or Leicestershire, England.
Lunt also determined that the Shire’s climate is similar to that in Dunedin, New Zealand, which led the scientist to conclude that Peter Jackson made a mistake in choosing his location for The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit.
Dr. Lunt said:
“They made a mistake by filming in the north island – they should’ve filmed in the south island.”
Just a few of the interesting facts for Lord Of The Rings enthusiasts taken from a mock paper Lunt published under the pen name Radagast the Brown.
• Much of Middle Earth would have been covered in dense forest if the landscape had not been altered by dragons, orcs, wizards etc.
• The climate of Middle Earth has a similar distribution to that of Western Europe and North Africa.
• Mordor had an inhospitable climate, even ignoring the effects of Sauron – hot and dry with little vegetation.
“I read them a few times as a child,” Dr. Lunt says of Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings “And a few times as an adult, I must confess.”