Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, January 8, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 468 miles down and 1,331 miles to go
The Fellowship of the Ring
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 10 more
miles since my last update. I walked/jogged three miles on Sunday, four miles
on Wednesday and three more miles today (Thursday). So far, I’ve logged 468
total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,331 more miles
to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 26.0 percent of
the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the first night of the trip past Rivendell,
which is the night of Dec. 25-Dec. 26 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off
my last update on Mile 458, which was the point that the group completed the
458-mile journey from Bag End to Rivendell on Oct. 20. Between Oct. 20 and Dec.
25, Frodo’s group rests up and joins forces with the Fellowship of the Ring.
dusk on Dec. 25, the fellowship leaves Rivendell headed for Moria and Lothlorien.
On mile later, the climb out of the valley and onto the moors. Seven miles
later, at the Ford of Bruinen, the group turns south on “narrow paths among
folded lands.” I’ve traveled three miles past this point and have seven more
miles to go before I reach the next significant milestone, where, to the west,
the Bruinen cuts a steep-sided canyon.
far, I’m on track to travel from Rivendell to Lothlorien, which is the forest
realm of the Elves, between Rivendell and Mordor. To pull this off in a year’s
time, I’ve got to travel at least 8.9 miles per week, that is, a little more
than a mile a day. So far, so good, since I covered a total of 10 miles this
those of you reading this for the first time, I began this “Walk to Mordor”
fitness challenge on Jan. 1, 2015. 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 total mileage.
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.