You've got to be pretty nerdy to spend any time at all thinking about where Middle-earth is in the real world. To spend enough time to actually determine where it is...oh, well, that takes a special brand of nerdiness that should reserve you a wing in the Hall of Fame. Yet, here it is. The information you've all been waiting for. Where was Tolkien's Middle-earth on a map of actual Earth?
Start with England and then work your way out. That's the epicenter of the whole Lord of the Rings universe. Of course, from working backward (starting with The Shire) it's easier to determine where everything in the universes correspond. Ok, so we'll admit that it's kinda neat, but still...c'mon, nerds. Put those giant brains to a purpose!
Strange Maps: 121 - Where On Earth Was Middle-earth?