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Friday, June 12, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 210 miles down and 1,589 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging eight
more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles on Sunday and three
miles on Wednesday. So far, I’ve logged 210 total miles on this virtual trip to
Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,589 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in
all, I’ve completed about 11.7 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the twelfth day of his trip, which is Oct.
4 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update on Day 12, at Mile
202, which is four miles after Frodo’s group reaches the eastern edge of the
Marshes. From this point, the group can see the Weather Hills ahead and the
land starts to rise. The land here is drier and very barren and there are few
that point, I covered eight more miles, and I’ve got one more mile to go before
I reach the next significant milestone. The next milestone will come at Mile
211 where the group will camp by a stream among stunted alder trees as the moon
waxes at the end of Day 12.
those of you reading this for the first time, I began this “Walk to Mordor”
fitness challenge on Jan. 1. Using a book called “The Atlas of Middle-Earth” by
Karen Wynn Fonstad, fans of “The Lord of the Rings” created this challenge by
mapping out Frodo’s fictional trek to Mordor, calculating the total distance at
1,799 miles. They also used the original "Lord of the Rings" text to
outline the journey, so you can follow their route by keeping up with your
folks who worked out the nuts and bolts of this virtual journey have divided it
into four parts. It’s 458 miles from Hobbiton to Rivendell, 462 miles from
Rivendell through Moria to Lothlorien, 389 miles from Lothlorien down the
Anduin to Rauros Falls and 470 miles from Rauros to Mount Doom. (Those
locations should sound very familiar to “Lord of the Rings” fans.) The hobbits
averaged 18 miles a day, but if you walk (or jog, as I sometimes do) five miles
a day, it’s possible to cover 1,799 miles in a year.