9 March 2014
It seems that one Radagast the Brown (of Rhosgobel & The Cabot Institute) has published a paper presenting the results of his climate simulation modelling for Middle-earth. Though obviously mock-serious, the modelling and the science are real enough. Definitely worth a few of your hard-won free minutes.
- University of Bristol press release
- PDF of the paper in English (the link in the press release is a bit dodgy)
- in “Elvish”
- in “Dwarfish”
(Not surprisingly, these last two seem to be merely nicely formatted font-transfers.)A sample:
It can be seen that there are strong westerly … winds in the coastal southern regions of Middle Earth [sic], in particular in the Bay of Belfalas. Conversely, there are easterly winds in the north. … This may explain why ships sailing to the Undying lands to the West tended to set sail from the Gray Havens, situated in the region of these easterly winds.
R. Brown: “Climate of Middle Earth”, The Cabot Institute, University of Bristol 2013, p. 6.
Indeed. And why the Númenóreans arrived in the south.