Journey through Google (Middle) Earth

Chrome Experiment lets you take a trip through Tolkien's fantasy landscape (well, the Hobbit parts, at least)

Say goodbye to the rest of your Wednesday. Google has launched its latest Chrome Experiment, which lets you visit locations featured in the Peter Jackson movie "The Hobbit" (and the upcoming second part, "The Desolation of Smaug").

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Visitors to the "A Journey Through Middle-Earth" site (make sure you're on a Chrome browser) can get an upclose look at the Trollshaws, Rivendell (where Elrond lives) and Dol Guldur, with locations like Thranduil's Hall, Lake-Town and Erebor coming soon (likely when we get closer to the Dec. 13 movie premiere). This video also gives you a sneak peek:

It should be interesting if they can expand this beyond the Hobbit movies and bring in all of the locations from the first three "Lord of the Rings" movies - it shouldn't be too hard, right Google?

Keith Shaw rounds up the best in geek video in his ITworld.tv blog. Follow Keith on Twitter at @shawkeith. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-tos, follow ITworld on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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