Updated Chrome Experiment Lets You Explore Middle-earth
Article by George Norman
On 12 Dec 2014
Back in 2013, when everyone was anxiously awaiting for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," Google rolled out a Chrome Experiment that allowed fans to take a journey through Middle-earth.

It’s December 2014 and everyone is now waiting for the final movie in "The Hobbit" series, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," which will land in cinemas across the US on December 17. To mark this joyous occasion, Google updated the aforementioned Chrome Experiment.


Much to the delight of Tolkien fans around the world, Google released a Chrome Experiment called “A Journey though Middle-earth,” back in November 2013. Inspired by “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, this Chrome Experiment let fans explore a 3D interactive map of Middle-earth and learn the history of Rivendell, Trollshaw Forest, and other locations.

While “The Desolation of Smaug” captured our attention last year, this year we’re all focused on “The Battle of the Five Armies,” the final movie in The Hobbit series, movie that is scheduled to be released on the 17th of December in the US. To mark this joyous occasion, Google updated its “A Journey though Middle-earth” Chrome experiment – it lets you explore the map, follow a hero’s journey, or join a battle.

A Journey though Middle-earth – Main Features
  • Map – access an interactive map of Middle-earth and explore locations like Erebor, Dol Guldur, or Edoras.
  • Journeys – view Bilbo’s journey, Frodo’s journey, Gandalf’s journey, and the journey of other characters.
  • Battles – join the battle at Helm’s Deep, The Lonely Mountain, Mina’s Tirith, Mirkwood, or The Black Gate.
You can access Google’s “A Journey though Middle-Earth” Chrome experiment by following this link. Additional Chrome Experiments are available here.

In related news, Google’s YouTube team revealed the year’s most popular music videos, top trending videos, most viewed ads, and top viewed trailers. More about this topic here.

Tags: Google, Chrome, Chrome Experiments, The Hobbit, A Journey Through Middle-earth, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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