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October 5, 2012 10:47 AM
So, as backstory, as my grandpa was dying I would go every night and read the Hobbit to him. I remember the Bag End to Rivendell mileage chart at
and started to keep track. I'm only six miles in so far, so almost to the Great East Road. He died last night and I decided that I'm going to finish this and make it to Rivendell. I promised him. It's silly, but I'm going to do it. I don't know how long it will take, but if anyone wants to join in, it may be a good motivator to get through the holidays.

I know there's another group doing this with the goal of finishing by Dec 14th, but that's for them. I'm just starting and wanted to see if others were interested, so please don't jump on me about not searching before posting.

October 5, 2012 11:29 AM
I am interested in doing this :) When would it start? Only walking miles count or other mileage (I go 6 miles a day on the Chicken Walker)?
October 5, 2012 11:39 AM
That's awesome! What's the total distance? I run 3x a week and walk my dog daily
October 5, 2012 11:43 AM
I love this! Thanks for posting this, it will make my walks far more interesting :)
October 5, 2012 11:51 AM
My condolences on the loss of your grandfather. I hope someone will read to me when it is my time. smile

I did this, many ages and pounds ago. I think its time for me to do it again. It's a dangerous business, walking out your front door.....

October 5, 2012 12:01 PM
Love this! bless you for being there for your grandfather! the Hobbit was the first chapter book I read to my son when he was in preschool - it was our evening together time.
Will be bookmarking the link and following the Road.

October 5, 2012 1:36 PM
That is a fantastic idea. I'm in :)
October 5, 2012 1:45 PM

That's awesome! What's the total distance? I run 3x a week and walk my dog daily

397 miles i believe
October 5, 2012 1:48 PM
so sorry for your loss

count me in
October 5, 2012 5:25 PM
Yes, it's 397 total miles from Bag End to Rivendell. You can just count down from that, or for more detail go to

for the mileage.

Start whenever you like- I'm going from October 1st, so if you know your miles for the past few days add them in and see where you are. If not, start today, then keep going. Be Tookish. :)

I walked today, so am now at 6.5 miles, so a half mile down the Great East Road. In another mile and a half I'll be at Three Farthing Stone, which I'll hit and go beyond since I'll have a three mile run tomorrow.

Also, count whatever miles you like. The whole walking thing is nice, but the party was riding ponies for most of it so it's not fair to hold everyone to walking! Distance by any means, friends!
Edited by hypotrochoid On October 5, 2012 5:26 PM
October 5, 2012 5:37 PM
I am in!!!
October 8, 2012 10:49 AM
me and my daughter (emmawilllose) have walked 7.5 miles so far and have just turned eat on the Great East Road happy
Edited by moreORless50 On October 8, 2012 10:50 AM
October 8, 2012 11:36 AM
I'm now at 17 miles. Six more miles to Frogmorton!
October 8, 2012 11:55 AM
Count me in! I walk roughly 10 miles each day! Love this idea, what a lovely way to remember your grandad. my dad was a carpenter, when he died I made everyone a wooden letter rack! I found it very therapeutic!
My 3 boys called their new baby sister Smeagle. She's 11 now and walks with me! lol! Precious!
October 9, 2012 4:48 AM
emmawilllose and myself have walked a further 6.5 miles In the rain i might add happy and now we are 14 miles in to our journey we have past the camp and we are now continuing east along the road
Edited by moreORless50 On October 9, 2012 4:48 AM
October 9, 2012 4:20 PM
20 miles in, 377 more to go...
October 10, 2012 12:36 PM
another 2 miles for me and emmawilllose thats 16 miles still walking east along the road happy
October 10, 2012 12:49 PM
I belong to the "To Mordor" group here on MPF. Earlier this summer I finished the leg of the journey from Bag End to Rivendell, and I'm now on the Rivendell to Lothlorien part.

Here's a link to the group:
October 10, 2012 12:54 PM
So sorry for your loss! I am in; it will make walking that much more enjoyable.
October 10, 2012 1:00 PM
I don't really want to be a part of the challenge as I have so much that I'm already trying to do (I do love JRR Tolkien books)...but...

I just wanted to give my condolences on your grandfather and to say that I was sorry to hear of your loss. You reading to him is a wonderful thing and I commend you for wanting to carry it on.

Good luck to all of you doing the challenge.
October 11, 2012 10:25 AM
me an emmawilllose are now 18 miles into our journey still walking east and its still raining but we dont care bigsmile
October 11, 2012 6:45 PM
26.25 so far. 370.75 left to go. Getting colder here, but that's to be expected. :)
October 12, 2012 10:17 AM
I am SO SO in for this.
Just started the day before yesterday so I am at The Green Dragon.
October 12, 2012 10:30 AM
Continueing east on the Road another 2 miles done now 20 miles into our jouney poor emmawilllose had a big slimmy slug some how jump into her boot but on a bright note the sun is out :)
October 12, 2012 1:42 PM

Continueing east on the Road another 2 miles done now 20 miles into our jouney poor emmawilllose had a big slimmy slug some how jump into her boot but on a bright note the sun is out :)

Better a slug than a troll!


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