n The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, British author J.R.R. Tolkien created a fantasy world called Middle-Earth. Now, a team of Danish programmers is taking Tolkien’s descriptions of Middle-Earth and rendering it on computers.
The scale model is called the Middle-Earth Project, and it is so epic in scope that you can see the Eye of Sauron from space.
It’s all accomplished with Outerra, a middleware graphics engine that specializes in letting programmers model terrain, flora, and water using relatively sparse data sets through the use of fractals.