Where is Middle-Earth?

Italy before current civilization

Italy is very diverse

The land of Italy is different all over the country. There mountains, plains, hills, rivers, and lakes. The people who live in Italy speak Italian. The people have come from many other countries including Germany, Greece, and Austria. They eat many italian foods like pasta and seafood. Manners are very important to the Italians, and most Italians are Catholic.

The Perfect Middle-Earth

Italy is the perfect place for Middle-Earth because of the grassy mountains and plains. The Hill where Bilbo Baggins lives is very nice and grassy with little flowers. "Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole..." Also, as the dwarves and the hobbit go on their adventure, the land changes into plains, caves, and mountains. "Now they had gone on far into the Lone-lands, where there were no people left, no inns, and the roads grew steadily worse. Not far ahead were dreary hills, rising higher and higher, dark with trees... the willows along the riverbanks bent and sighed." The land is very diverse throughout Italy just like in Middle-Earth. There are plenty of rivers, hills, and mountains in Italy to be the perfect Middle-Earth long ago.

Counter Claims of Italy for Middle-Earth

Italy would be the best Middle-Earth because of the people and landscape there. In the Hobbit, they mention how people normally don't notice hobbits. The land has lots of rolling hills that would be perfect for hobbit holes or hiding the mythical creatures in The Hobbit. Also, Middle-Earth could have been in more of a deserted part of Italy or before many people lived there. On another level, Italy is relatively large that there is plenty of room to go on adventures in Middle-Earth or travel just outside of it for a bigger adventure. There also could have been plenty of space for the different creatures.

Conclusion

Overall, I think Italy best represents Middle-Earth. It has the landscape of mountains, caves, plains, and hills. It also could have all of the different creatures from The Hobbit story because it is a relatively big version of Middle-Earth. It is perfect for hiding hobbits from other creatures and has room for many different kingdoms. Italy is the best representation of Middle-Earth.

Italy

Mountains, hills, and caves are bae

Love and miss Bilbo Baggins <3

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Fav. Book- The Hobbit