Journey through Middle-earth, a Chrome Experiment

In the latest experiment from Google Chrome, the world of the The Hobbit is literally right at your fingertips.

We have have read about Middle Earth in  J.R.R. Tolkien's novels and seen it in subsequent films directed by Peter Jackson, but now Google allows us to fly above the elf city of Rivendell or sneak through the dark Trollshaws, all with the tap of the keyboard's direction keys or the swipe of a finger across a smartphone.

There are several locations, all of which appear in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which came out last year, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which will hit theaters on Dec. 13. You can use your laptop, tablet, phone, and anything else that supports chrome to fly over the Middle Earth, but you can currently only walk around the Trollshaws, Rivendell and the haunted fortress of Dol Guldur. Players, however, must watch their step, as the eerie music that accompanies the video-game like experience foreshadows demons that can attack from nowhere to drag you away.

The Chrome experiment, which was first shown off at a Google developers conference in May, isn't finished just yet. It will soon add on-the-ground exploration of the Halls of Thranduil, Erebor, and Lake-town, all locations that will make plenty of appearances in the upcoming film. Enjoy!


Jamison Stone

Jamison is the Director and Lead Writer of Apotheosis Studios. In addition to his professional career, Jamison is also a Trustee, Committee Chair, and grant writer for the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, an organization which provides grantmaking programs in education, youth development and early childhood development.