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Friday, January 13, 2017
'WALK TO MORDOR' UPDATE: 1,076 miles down and 723 miles to go
Gollum from "The Lord of the Rings"
continued my (virtual) “Walk to Mordor” during the past week by logging just
three more miles since my last update. I walked/jogged three miles on Sunday. So
far, I’ve logged 1,076 total miles on this virtual trip to Mount Doom, and I’ve
got 723 more miles to go before I reach Mordor. All in all, I’ve completed
about 59.6 percent of the total trip.
relation to Frodo’s journey, I’m on the fourth day of the trip past Lothlorien,
which is Feb. 19 on the Middle Earth calendar. I left off my last update on
Mile 1,073, which is one mile past where Frodo’s group, the Fellowship of the
Ring, reaches the high wolds of the Brown Lands on the east. From here, they
can see downs to the west.
miles later, at Mile 1,075, Boromir mutters to himself and, just at dusk, Sam
spots Gollum on a log. So far, I’ve traveled one mile beyond that point, taking
me to Mile 1,076. The next significant milestone, Mile 1,084, comes eight miles
later where the group camps on a small eyot near the river’s western shore. Sam
and Frodo pull watch duty, and Gollum appears during Frodo’s watch. Aragorn
wakes and watches until the morning.
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.