|Streams are complex ecosystems, both on Earth and in Middle-Earth|
|Examples of stream characteristics (Rosgen 1996)|
Through the Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, History of Middle Earth, Unfinished Tales, and others, I'm hoping to make very educated guesses as to what the hydrology of the major water systems on Middle-Earth comprised. This is just the beginning though. By learning about streams, rivers, and lakes, I'm hoping to scale up very quickly. By knowing the general watershed characteristics, topographic information (elevation) can be garnered.
One of my goals is thus this: produce high-quality 3-D topographic and contour maps of Middle-Earth.
Beyond this, working with collaborators from reddit, The Encylopedia of Arda, and any volunteers who have their own nuggets to share, the possibilities could be endless, as we begin to compile a database of geospatial attributes of Middle-Earth digitally. So while I start small, I hope to, with your help, end, much like the hobbits did, in a world beyond their reckoning, a world much larger than they imagined.
“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
- The works of J.R.R. and Christopher Tolkien (duh)
- ArcGIS (10.0) (importing shapefiles and compiling attributes of various objects)
- AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012 (digitizing online maps of Middle-Earth)
- MatLAB (image processing)
- imgur (to share with 'errbody)
- reddit.com (my favorite community, obvious point of introduction/collaboration; see sidebar)
As of last night (May 5, 2013), I've digitized the boundaries of Middle-Earth (to scale) thanks to this image found in the Encyclopedia of Arda. Importing into AutoCAD, I can draw a polyline around the perimeter.
|Screenshot, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2012|
I'm ready to import the shapefile into ArcGIS:
That scale line to the lower left represents 500 miles. Middle-Earth's border is now to scale, and ready for import into ArcGIS, where the magic can begin...more to come (with more refined products!)