Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, January 22, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 481 miles down and 1,318 miles to go
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 more miles today (Friday). So far, I’ve logged 481 total
miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 1,318 more miles to go
before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 26.7 percent of the
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the second night of the trip past Rivendell,
which is the night of Dec. 26-Dec. 27 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off
my last update on Mile 468, which was two miles past where the Fellowship of
the Ring turned south on “narrow paths among folded lands.” Eight miles later,
at Mile 473, the group reached the point where, to the west, they could see
where the River Bruinen cuts a steep-sided canyon.
miles later, at Mile 477, the sun begins to rise, signaling the morning of Dec.
26 and the end of the first night of travel from Rivendell. The group camps
during the day, but sets off again at sundown on Dec. 26. I’ve covered two
miles past this point. The country here is empty, rough and barren.
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 13 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.