Google Maps Adds Dragons-Eye Views Of Tolkien's Middle Earth

It's not quite Google Middle Earth - but it's close.

The search giant's latest Chrome Experiment allows Tolkien fans to zoom through a dragon's eye-view of the fictional fantasy landscape, styled as if it's a normal Google Maps satellite image.

Different locations from the books (or rather, and not coincidentally, the new film The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) can be explored with various 3D games, interactive encyclopaedias and other cool-looking content.

As it's a Chrome Experiment, it can be viewed on virtually any device running Google's browser, including smartphones and tablets. Google said that three more locations will soon be added, and probably three more next year when Peter Jackson's final Middle Earth film is released.

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