Showing posts with label Tolkien. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tolkien. Show all posts

Friday, November 9, 2012

An Interactive Map and Timeline of Middle Earth

Earlier today I shared some maps of Middle Earth that are built on the Google Maps API. After I published that post Keir Clarke of Google Maps Mania added a comment with a link to the LOTR Project's Middle Earth Timeline.

The LOTR Project's Middle Earth Timeline is a combination of a timeline and a map. Each event in the timeline is directly linked to a location on the map. Click on any event in the timeline to see where it took place in Middle Earth.

Applications for Education
If you're using Tolkien's works in your language arts course, the LOTR Project's Middle Earth Timeline could be a good resource to help your students keep track of the plot in a linear format. I know that having something like the LOTR Project's Middle Earth Timeline would help me and I'm sure that it will help students too.

Maps of Middle Earth on Google Maps

Credit: Julian Nitzsche
Earlier this week I was asked if I knew of any Google Maps that displayed Middle Earth (the setting in much of Tolkien's work). I didn't have any resources in mind so I did a quick Google search for "middle earth google maps" and came up with a Google Maps Mania post about the topic.

On Google Maps Mania I found four examples of the Google Maps API being used to create maps of Middle Earth. Of the four I liked this MapLibs map the best. The map has fifteen placemarks to which you can quickly navigate through the listing in the right hand column on the screen. I do wish that the placemarks included some information about the stories.

Applications for Education
The four maps of Middle Earth that I mentioned above lack placemarks that reveal information about Tolkien's stories. While you cannot easily overlay images on Google Maps, you can overlay them in Google Earth. You could have your students create or find maps of Middle Earth and overlay them in Google Earth then add placemarks to create a Google Earth tour of Middle Earth.