[LMB] Geology of Middle-earth: The path of the Fellowship from a geoscientific point of view OT:

A. Marina Fournier saffronrose at me.com
Thu Oct 20 00:52:12 BST 2016

It used to be I didn't notice much beyond writing, plot & acting in movies and TV. Okay, so costumes and music, and dance if present.

Then came cinematography. Architecture. Botany.

Now it's geology, specifically as it relates to tectonics. Happily watching Pete's Dragon this year, and notice the structure of the gorge over which they're flying. Amazingly beautiful, but not any Maine/northern New England geology of which I'm aware! Filmed in NZ, IIRC.

Then in the alleged Gold Country of California in The Magnificent Seven, I'm seeing rock and cliff faces that don't belong around gold or the Sierras. It was filmed in AZ.

I still recall standing atop Kilt Rock on eastern Skye, looking down at the black rock and black beach, up to the Cullins with an assessing eye for signs of dormant volcanos, and back again; moving on to the west coast of the US, and then to Hawaii's lava encrusted shores. 

Wish I'd been able to apply for a grant in a field in which I took but one single class in college, to study the effects of climate on dormant volcanic output! I'm sure that living in EQ territory most of my life--and paying attention to tectonics most of that time doesn't make academic qualification.

A. Marina Fournier
Saffronrose at me.com
You may very well think so, but I couldn't possibly comment.

> On Oct 14, 2016, at 6:04 PM, M R Dolbear <m.dolbear at lineone.net> wrote:
> Free again, move fast.
> Geology of Middle-earth: The path of the Fellowship from a geoscientific 
> point of view by Frederic Klimm and Benjamin Loffler
> From the rolling landscape of The Shire over the rocky Weather Hills to
> the 
> snow-capped peaks of the Misty Mountains, from the extensive forests of 
> Fangorn and Lorien via the mighty river Anduin down the whooshing Rauros 
> falls into the Dead Marshes, from the fertile southern shore of Gondor
> over 
> the White Mountains into the volcanic plateau of Gorgoroth in Mordor:
> J.R.R. 
> Tolkien´s epic trilogy "The Lord of the Rings" leads us into the 
> geographically diversified, fictional world of Middle-earth.
> We will take you on a trip through Middle-earth and accompany the
> Fellowship 
> of the Ring anew from a completely different perspective: the
> perspective of 
> a geologist.
> `Wood and water, stock and stone I can master, but there's geology to
> manage 
> here. Read this book!' - Treebeard
> Classify this with The Science of Discworld.
> https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BO83TPY/
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