Where is Middle Earth?
One reason I believe Middle Earth is in Germany because of the physical features there. Germany has a number of physical features including hilly regions, mountains, rivers, and forests. First, In the Black Forest Region and other hilly areas in Germany seems like the place the book started; green plains with sloping hills, a peaceful place (perfect for those who aren't looking for adventures). Also, Germany has the most forest land than any other country in Europe. Germany's Black forest represents Mirkwood. In the book, The Hobbit, in chapter 8, the book states that Mirkwood is a very, very dark forest with all sorts of animals and scary, giant insects living there. Also, in The Hobbit, in chapter 8, it says that it was so dark, that the entrance into the forest appeared to be a bright hole of light in the distance. In the image below (on the far right), this image of the Black Forest looks just like how the book described it. Another reason is because of all of the mountains in Germany. Germany has many mountain ranges, just like Middle Earth. The mountain in Germany which is like the Lonely Mountain is Grosser Beerburg. It is somewhat isolated, and its location is similar to the location of the Lonely Mountain in a map of Middle Earth. Lastly, the animals found in The Hobbit, are like animals found in Germany today. There are Arctic Foxes, Brown Bears, many breeds of horses, and lots of bats. In conclusion, the land features and animals seen in The Hobbit still found in Germany today.
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