Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, July 3, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 242 miles down and 1,557 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging six
more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged five miles yesterday
(Thursday) and one mile today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 242 total miles on
this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,557 more miles to go before I
reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 13.5 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the fifteenth day of his trip, which is
Oct. 7 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update on Day 14, at
Mile 236, which was five miles from the start of Day 15. Three miles later, at
Mile 239, Frodo’s group comes near to the south end of the path at midday and reaches
the dell at the western foot of a hill near Weathertop.
mile later, at Mile 240, the group climbs to the top of Weathertop and enters
the ruins of the Watchtower of Amon Sul (Hill of Wind). From there, the group
can see the Black Riders on the road below. Frodo’s group then returns to the
dell, camps there and are attacked by the Nazgul later that night at the end of
is injured in the Nazgul attack and Day 15 (Oct. 7) begins with him being
carried on a pony, headed south from the dell. I’ve logged one more mile beyond
this point, and the next significant milestone comes nine miles later, at Mile
251, where the group will cross the Great East Road.
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.