Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, June 26, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 236 miles down and 1,563 miles to go
Frodo's buddy, Samwise Gamgee.
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 13 more
miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles on Sunday, three miles
on Wednesday and five miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 236 total miles
on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,563 more miles to go before
I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 13.1 percent of the total
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the fourteenth day of his trip, which is
Oct. 6 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update on Day 13, at
Mile 223, which was 12 miles from the start of Day 13. Six miles later, at Mile
229, Frodo’s group reached the foot of the Weather Hills and camped there at
the end of Day 13.
14, the seventh from Bree, begins when Frodo’s group breaks camp and follows
the path south toward Weathertop. This path is cunningly hidden and is edged
with stones where the land is open. It’s during this leg of the trip that Samwise Gamgee recites part of “The Fall of Gil-galad.”
the start of Day 14, it’s 10 miles to the next milestone of the trip, Mile 239,
which is where, around midday, Frodo’s group comes near to the south end of the
path and reach the dell at the western foot of the hill. I’ve got three more
miles to go before I reach this milestone.
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.