Google has some good news! Earlier this week, Ukranian media noticed a slight glitch wherein Google Translate was giving “Mordor” as a translation for “Russian Federation.” The good news is that they’ve fixed the problem.
New ideas about Pluto, Charon, and all the little moons have been flowing back from the New Horizons spacecraft fast and furious. If you’re curious but haven’t kept up, here’s everything we’ve learned so far.
Because Middle-Earth can be a confusing, perilous place, Reddit user mbingcrosby created this Google Maps-style guide to the journey from Hobbiton to Mordor. As you can see, it's expected to take six months ("four months without Orcs"), and be ready, because "this route has trolls."
The everyday life of orcs in Mordor is tough. Any given day they end up with a knife slicing their stomach, an arrow piercing their jugular, or their head severed by who knows what. This short film tells the story of an Orc in one of those complicated days.
This is the Tolbachik volcano, laying down roads of magma over the Peninsula of Kamchatka for condemned Russians to drive on their way to hell in cars equipped with dashcams. At least, that's what it looks like in Lusika33's photographs. It's truly pretty—in a Mordor kind of way.
Climate scientists from the University of Bristol in England have used a climate model to simulate the climate of Middle Earth. The model was also used to determine where on Earth is most like certain places in Middle Earth.
The folks at Google are no strangers to science, science fiction, fantasy, or geek culture in general. Evidence of their fandom is plentiful, most commonly in the form of easter eggs and April Fools' jokes, for which the company is famous. But you do have to know where to look. Consider this your guide to the ten…
So you're an orc living out your days in Mordor, minding your own business except when the occasional tasty trespasser wanders near your campsite. Then you start hearing rumors about nasty ring-addicted hobbits, powerful wizards, and violent elves preparing to invade your land. What can you do but join up with the…
It took 50,000 interlocking bricks, but sculptor Kevin J. Walter was able to recreate Sauron's fortress of Barad-dûr out of LEGOs, presumably to keep out some wee DUPLO Hobbits. You can see more photos at Kevin's Flickr page.