Hobbiton—47 hobbits are missing and presumed dead after Google sent hundreds of unarmed Shire folk into the wilds of middle-Earth to draw the surroundings of each and every path. The ambitious plan was to cover all the land from the Grey Mountains to Mordor. Despite being nearly five years into the project, only an estimated two percent of middle-Earth has been captured in their Path View.
The partially eaten remains of Bimbo Boffin of Bugger Downs was found in a tree north of Bree, and the torn and bloodied clothing of Friskycoot Titgroper of Hobbiton was found in a warg den in the heart of the Misty Mountains.
“We sincerely hope the rest of the Hobbits all make it back safe and sound,” said Google CEO, Larry Page. “We only went with Hobbits after the Riders of Rohan and the men of Gondor told us to piss off.”
Page went on to extend his deepest sympathies to the families of those devoured.
Page also told reporters, “Google is sending people to help find the other 45 missing Hobbits and that all Path View activity has been suspended until a better strategy, one that doesn’t involve Hobbits in any way, can be developed.”