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WikiPedia and the route to Middle-Earth

There is an interesting article in the this weeks Economist about Open Source business (well worth reading) where it shows that WikiPedia now has over 2.5 million articles. It made me wonder what kind of stuff they have on there to make up that amount.

Well I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I was browsing WikiPedia whilst writing my last entry on V for Vendetta that someone had taken the time to draw out the route taken by Frodo and Sam in The Fellowship of the Ring. Not just a random scribbling, oh no, a proper map with locations, mountain ranges, rivers and everything.

I’m sure you’ll be glad to know as I was that they haven’t forgotten to do maps for The Two Towers or The Return of the King either.

Pauked.com » Wikipedia again said,

August 5, 2006 @ 12:48 am

[…] It’s bizarre the stuff they have on there, I mean I shouldn’t be surprised, but the thing is, it is fairly accurate. The description for Barnoldswick is pretty much spot on, as is Skipton, although not as interesting. Amazingly, and I have no idea if this is true, but Brierfield, which is a couple of miles from home and is where my grandparents live, apparently inspired Tolkien when writing Lord of the Onion Rings: […]

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