Posted: Feb 13, 2023 in Minecraft
By Kevin Lott
The Lord of the Rings is a series of three epic fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson based on the novel The Lord of The Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The films and books were considered by many to be the first iteration of the modern interpretation of classic fantasy, and many people consider the films to be the best trilogy ever made. A masterpiece that showcases a totally fictional world about a great quest in a fantastical world. But how does this relate to Minecraft? Well, one of the largest Minecraft projects is surrounding Middle Earth, the world in which Tolkien’s story takes place. Today, we’re going to go over Minecraft Middle Earth, the most expansive fictional world in all of Minecraft.
Welcome to Minecraft Middle Earth! This project is a recreation of J.R.R Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth in Minecraft. Founded by a single individual named q220 on October 10th, 2010, this project is one of the longest-running Minecraft building communities and has been called one of the best Minecraft servers of all time by PCGamesN Magazine.
Begin as an adventurer in Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ home of Bag End and immerse yourself in Middle-earth. As a traveler, you can delve into the depths of Moria, traverse the tower of Isengard, and gaze upon the citadel of Minas Tirith. You can participate by building in a jb where you are supervised by a Foreman, or you can practice your building on a theme plot, using /theme. The world map is 29,000 by 30,000 blocks large, largely crafted using WorldPainter and WorldMachine. This results in an area of 870 square kilometers – the same size as Dallas or Fort Worth in Texas. This Minecraft map is basically the size of a small nation!
The world of Middle Earth is filled with tons of spectacles for you to take in. Cities, dungeons, pastures, neighborhoods, and so much more have all been faithfully recreated by hand. The beautiful castle of Minas Tirith, the sprawling cityscape of Dol Amroth, the menacing tower Orthanc in the ring of Isengard, the humongous dungeon of Moria, and so much more.
The beautiful peaks of Rohan are my favorite, with the inclusion of Nen Hithoel, and the falls of Rauros being beautifully developed. The Meduseld is seated on the highest point of Edoras, the capital town, and the structure just looks amazing. Even the legendary Helm’s Deep is in this server in all its glory!
These are some useful commands you can use to make your experience of Middle Earth all the more enjoyable:
/fbt – full brightness, or night vision
/fly – enable creative mode’s flying
/helper map – provides a link to a dynamic map of every server’s world
/moria – teleport to the Moria world
/msg (player) (message) – PM another player
/ptime (time of day) – set the time client-side
/pweather (weather) – set the weather client-side
/rp – show a list of our resource packs, and instructions to automatically download them
/rp variant footprints – make the Fellowship’s footprints bright orange for visibility
/tpa (player) – request a teleport to another player
/warp (location) – warp to a location on any server, depending on access
/world – return to the main world
The world has a functioning map! Here, you can view the entirety of Middle Earth along with all of its players and landmarks. This really helps you find your way in the world, checking out all of the different areas at your own pace.
Unfortunately, there is no publicly offered download of Minecraft Middle-Earth. The developers have talked about how the map is exclusive to the server and is the main attraction/reason for their community continuing to exist. It draws in new players and potential future builders to continue the work already done.
If the map was made available for download, there would not only be plenty of communities or other people who would claim credit for the server’s builds, but they would also attempt to continue to work on the map themselves, which would divide everyone interested into fishing many different maps and servers for the ‘complete’ experience. This would result in the death of the community, and the map would likely never be finished.
If you aren’t interested in building, you can still explore the world and go wherever you want! A great start would be to follow in the footsteps of the Fellowship, which would have you leading out of Bag End, the spawn. You can also participate in minigames like hide and seek, PvP, races, and quizzes, as well as a guided tour when they’re hosted. If you’d like to build, then there’s a lot of yellow tape you’ll need to cross. Anyone not on the build team isn’t allowed to freely build, but there are a couple of ways that you can get involved. Plot builds and themed builds are totally an option!
That’s everything! Minecraft Middle Earth is a wonderful server with a truly creative team behind it. The breathtaking places in the mystical world created by Tolkien are truly awesome to walk around in, and I can only imagine the amount of work involved in a project like this. I hope you enjoyed this little overview of the server and what it has to offer, and with that, maybe you can join the team and get started on your own Middle Earth-accurate builds. Have a wonderful day!