Manning the BCR Listening Post-Observation Post since March 2010.
Friday, October 7, 2016
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 934 miles down and 865 miles to go
Swan-ship of Celeborn and Galadriel
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging 10 more
miles since my last update. I jogged/walked five miles on Sunday and five more
miles on Wednesday. So far, I’ve logged 934 total miles on this virtual trip to
Mount Doom, and I’ve got 865 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in
all, I’ve completed about 51.9 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 924, which was three miles from the start of this day’s journey for Frodo’s
Group, aka, the Fellowship of the Ring. The group leaves Caras Galadon after
breakfast and are equipped with Lembas bread, cloaks and rope provided by the
guides the Fellowship south and east through rolling woodland, which fall away
toward the rivers. At noon, around Mile 930, the group reaches a grassy lawn on
the Silverlode River, just west of Anduin. Here, they practice paddling and
meet the swan-ship of Celeborn and Galadriel.
here that they also eat lunch and exchange gifts. Around 1 p.m., the Fellowship
leaves in three small boats, drifting down the Silverlode. Four miles later, at
Mile 934, the group sweeps around a bend and the high banks along the river
hide the light of Lorien.
next significant milestone comes 10 miles later, at Mile 944, where the group
encounters bare woods on both banks. Here, the land is silent, misty and dusk
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.