Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 924 miles down and 875 miles to go
Galadriel of Lothlorien.
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 15 more
miles since my last update. I jogged/walked five miles on Sunday, five more
miles on Wednesday and five more miles yesterday (Friday). So far, I’ve logged
924 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve got 875 more miles
to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed about 51.4 percent of
the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the first day of the trip past Lothlorien,
which is Feb. 16 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off my last update on
Mile 909, which was three miles from where Frodo’s group, the Fellowship of the
Ring, met a company of elves and had their blindfolds removed. They climb to
the top of the hill of Cerin Amroth, where they spent about two hours.
miles later, at Mile 917, the elves light their lanterns around 5:30 p.m. Two
miles later, at Mile 919, the group reached the north side of Caras Galadan.
They reached this point around 6:10 p.m. as the night’s early stars began to
miles later, at Mile 921, the group reached the gates of Caras Galadan and
clibed to meet Celeborn and Galadriel. The group remains here in Lothlorien
until Feb. 16.
Feb. 16, the group leaves Caras Galadon after breakfast, and they’re equipped
with Lembas bread, cloaks and rope provided by the elves. Haldir guides the
Fellowship south and east through rolling woodlands, which fall away toward the
rivers. I’ve covered three miles from the start of this day’s journey.
next significant milestone comes seven miles later, at Mile 928, where the
group reaches a grassy lawn on the Silverlode, just west of the Anduin.
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.
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.