Middle Earth

Why do the Characters refer to their world as MIDDLE earth?

What is middle earth in relation to our earth?

Where IS Middle Earth?
Middle Earth?

Say it in latin, it makes the reference pretty obvious: Mediterranea.

I’m at my girlfriend’s dorm in middle earth as I type this. Not quite as majestic as LOTR’s M.E., but on the other hand, there aren’t thousands of Orcs marching on the exercise equipment of Helm’s Deep.

Squeegee nailed it. Middle Earth is Tolkien’s mythological version of Europe.