Normally I don’t care much for websites attached to movies, but the site created for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is certainly an exception. This highly interactive site captures not only the breadth of the movie but extends into the timeless lore of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books that you’ll explore for yourself in A Journey Through Middle Earth.
To start your journey through Middle Earth, click Begin. You’ll be whisked away to the interactive map when you do. Once there you have two options for navigation: you can click the locations on the map depicted with circles, or you can click the set of lines in the top left corner which will open up a menu.
On the menu you’ll find the Locations you can explore as well as sound, subtitles, and screen size options. Speaking of sound, I thought it was really neat that the sound goes away when you click off of the tab. I also thought it was pretty neat to explore the site in Full Screen mode.
In your journeys you’ll learn lore about the different locations, escape from hill trolls, and even face Smaug himself. The different areas are narrated and interactive, making you the driving force behind the exploration.
This is an exceptionally cool, interactive experience! What are you waiting for go explore Middle Earth today!