May 18th, 2011

north star

severe floods in Middle-earth

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s disaster management agency is testing the country’s emergency broadcast system with warnings of severe storms in Middle-earth, the fictional setting of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”

Messages broadcast Wednesday mostly on state radio and television are warning Hungarians about floods and catastrophic weather in Gondor, Rohan, Rivendell, Helm’s Deep and other locations inhabited by Hobbits, Orcs, Elves, Ents and Dwarves.

Officials say they chose Tolkien’s fantasy world because they don’t want to alarm people by mentioning real locations in the test and want to gauge how effectively the emergency messages reach Hungary’s youth.

washington post

(I do see "do not redistribute" at the bottom, but since it is followed by the usual dozen buttons to "share this on facebook, twitter, etc., etc I am inclined to say "wtf?!")

Poor Faramir must be having that dream about the wave again.....