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The Lord of the Rings' wizard Radagast the Brown publishes a paper!

University of Bristol, 2013

Actual image of Wizard Radagast's article in the Journal of Hobbitlore

Nice weather, my precious?

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science,

And on some Tolkien-obsessed climate scientists from the University of Bristol.

They've created a model that simulates the climate of Middle Earth.  That's the fictional land where J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are set.

Writing as wizard Radagast the Brown, Bristol's Richard Pancost and Dan Lunt penned a paper describing the model's results.

It says the Shire, where hobbit Bilbo Baggins lives, has a climate similar to the U.K.'s Lincolnshire.  But, Mordor, home of the evil lord Sauron, is—wait for it—more like Los Angeles.  

“Middle Earth” is supposedly the earth of about six-thousand years ago, in what is now Europe and the Mediterranean's north shore.  Pancost says knowing the real continental positions and heights, as well as the ocean depths, enabled the model. 

Lunt says all this fun has a serious side.  Using models to understand past climates and their changes helps increase the accuracy of future climate models. 

Just as long as there’s time for second and third breakfast.  And elevensies.

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