My students and I finished reading The Hobbit just in time for the opening of the movie. One of our projects was to make a map of Middle Earth together, so we could trace Bilbo's travels. We made our 3D Relief map using bright white drywall joint compound on a 24" x 36" canvas panel. We painted it with watercolor to show elevation. I then photographed it and added map labels using a graphics program. The students had fun moving small clay figurines I made around the map to re-tell the story.
If you're a Hobbit fan, can you tell what is happening in the scenes below? Highlight the "white on white" text to the right of each number to check your answer.
1 Gandalf and Thorin and company set off from Hobbiton and go on an adventure.
2 The company encounters some hungry trolls and Bilbo comes to their rescue.
3 The company reaches Rivendell and seeks counsel from Elrond the Elf
4 Bilbo meets Gollum in the mountain of the Elven King
5 The company travels through Mirkwood and comes across spiders
6 Bilbo explores the Lonely Mountain and finds Smaug and the treasure
7 Bard shoots an arrow at Smaug during Smaug's attack of Laketown
8 The Battle of the Five Armies
9 The Goblin King kills Thorin, and Beorn kills the Goblin King
10 Gandalf and Bilbo return home to Hobbiton