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Google’s Newest Chrome Experiment is a “Journey Through Middle Earth”


If you have the free time this week, you will want to check out Google’s latest Chrome Experiment titled, “Journey through Middle Earth.” Built using standard web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS, users can interact with a full map of Middle Earth and take a dynamic tour through Tolkien’s world. The idea is to show off the power of the browser engine, and is Google’s way of proving that their browser should be viewed as a serious tool for developers and users alike. 

When exploring the map, you can select individual sections to dive into, which reveal a second layer of the world. These areas respond to horizontal parallax scrolling, which is quite interesting given that this is all built using web tools.

There are mini games to play throughout, so as we mentioned, definitely give this a shot if you have time to spare.

Start your journey right here.

Via: Google Developers

  • runner30

    No Silmarillion map, No care…

  • Kristine

    Love technology!

  • Tirionfive

    Being an Avid Tolkien fan, I am definitely gonna check this out, Thanks!

  • Not working on my desktop, but working on my Nexus 7.☺

  • RBI411

    One does not simply zoom into Mordor.

    • Cathy

      I swear these people at Google are a bunch of geeks

      • Michael Hammond

        uh … duh?

  • AbbyZFresh

    I swear these people at Google are a bunch of geeks. Who’s honestly gonna use this for more than 5 minutes?

    • Manthas

      Yes, they are a bunch of geeks, that’s what gets most of us into things like Computer Science and Computer Engineering, but that’s not the point. It’s a tech demo showing the potential to other developers who are looking for tools to do their jobs.

      • michael arazan

        Pretty awesome to me. Plus I think they are trying to pull in a younger generation in and away from ios and apple. I remember playing three different maps in COD united Offensive multiplayer, back when players could add modded maps from all different movies like lord of the rings, kelly’s heros, a bridge to far, Band of Brothers, but the giant maps from lord of the rings were amazing that the modders did.

    • normmcgarry

      People at Google don’t make them. They hire it out. An interactive agency called North Kingdom built it. And they were paid a lot of money to do it, I’m sure.

      • michael arazan

        Now if they could turn it into an fpsmmo.

    • Lucky Armpit

      Welcome to the Internet… you must be new.

    • RedXander

      I’m going to spend a good amount of time on it. Steven Colbert is probably going to explore every single piece of that site.

  • Zach B.