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Friday, November 27, 2015
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 421 miles down and 1,378 miles to go
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 19 more
miles since my last update. I walked/jogged four miles on Sunday, three miles
on Wednesday and 12 more miles yesterday (Thursday). So far, I’ve logged 421
total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,378 more miles
to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 23.4 percent of
the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the 26th day of his trip, which is Oct. 19
on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off on my last update on Mile 402, which
was three miles past where Frodo’s group returned to The Road after finding the
Stone Trolls. Three miles later, while the group is looking for a place to
came, they hear a horse and meet the elf, Glorfindel.
group then proceeds to march all night, a total of 15 miles, while the wounded
Frodo is being carried on the back of Glorfindel’s horse. At Mile 420, the
group ends Day 18 by camping next to the road at dawn. The group camps for less
than five hours before beginning Day 19.
far, I’ve covered one mile from the start of Day 19, which brings me up to Mile
421. The next significant milestone comes eight miles later, at Mile 429, where
the group crosses a small stream and stops to rest. In all the, the group
covers 20 miles on Day 19.
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.
the end, check back next Friday for another update and to see how much closer I
am to Mordor. I hope to knock out at least nine more miles next week, and I’ll
include all that in my update next week.