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Lord of the Rings climate is like Lincolnshire experts say

By RCousins_LE  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

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Scientists have worked out the weather conditions in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings with the Shire are found to be like Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

A climate model was used by experts to simulate and investigate conditions in Middle Earth.

The results showed the Shire, where Bilbo Baggins lived before his adventure began described in The Hobbit, was similar to Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

But Mordor, the land of the evil Sauron, was more like Los Angeles and western Texas, the University of Bristol team found.

Professor Richard Pancost, director of the university's Cabot Institute, said: "Because climate models are based on fundamental scientific processes, they are able not only to simulate the climate of the modern Earth, but can also be easily adapted to simulate any planet, real or imagined, so long as the underlying continental positions and heights and ocean depths are known."

The results are presented in a paper, said to be penned by the wizard Radagast the Brown, a Tolkien character the team describe as "probably the first environmental scientist".

In the paper, carried out in the scientists' own time and not funded, Radagast explains that the elves set sail from the Grey Havens as the prevailing winds were favourable for their journey for the West.

He claims the existence of a dry climate east of the Misty Mountains was because the mountains cast a rain-shadow over the region.

Dr Dan Lunt said: "This work is a bit of fun, but it does have a serious side.

"A core part of our work here in Bristol involves using state-of-the-art climate models to simulate and understand the past climate of our Earth.

"By comparing our results to evidence of past climate change, for example from tree rings, ice cores, and ancient fossils of plants and animals, we can validate the climate models, and gain confidence in the accuracy of their predictions of future climate."

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  • gsx1100  |  December 11 2013, 9:48PM

    How can anyone be so stupid to praise an expensive study on weather conditions in mythical places? Then again, if someone believes in global warming, the Hobbit must appear real.

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  • Tithe Farm  |  December 09 2013, 3:53PM

    Congratulations Lincolnshire Echo, for reporting on a climate change related scientific paper. It is perhaps a pity that you have not reported on all the other thousands of papers that warn us about global warming, but I suppose your defense is that they were not so obviously connected with Lincolnshire. Unfortunately, the changing climate will affect us all.

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