On the day the story begins, Bilbo is enjoying a pipe outside his front door when an old man with a long cloak and a staff arrives. After the old man introduces himself, Bilbo recognizes him as the wizard Gandalf, who has created spectacular fireworks displays on holidays in Hobbiton, but Bilbo still looks on the old wizard with a suspicious eye. When Gandalf asks if Bilbo would be interested in going on an adventure, Bilbo declines and quickly excuses himself. He invites the wizard to come over for tea sometime but only so as not to seem rude–in reality, he wants nothing to do with Gandalf and his adventures.
In April 2010, I came up with a new exercise plan: to walk from Bag End to Rivendell! I decided to trail along behind Bilbo and the dwarves in my mind as I walk around the local Spanish village in real life.
The Eowyn Challenge is based on an atlas of Middle Earth and includes are charts of mileage and descriptions so that
nerdy people like me Tolkien fans can follow along with the journeys by tracking their mileage.
I am using Gmaps Pedometer to track how far I walked and then I’m referring to the mileage chart for The Hobbit: Bag End to Rivendell to work out where I would be, if I were travelling with Bilbo and the dwarves to Rivendell.
You already know I am somewhat obsessive in listing and tracking things so this should work brilliantly for me. I’ll be posting updates with images as I go.
If you want to join me, just let me know how far you’ve walked and I’ll tell you where you are in Middle Earth!
Total distance to Rivendell: 397 miles
Total mileage: 411 miles
Total time: 471 days
I finished the first leg of my journey on the 20th of August. I am now carrying on to Lonely Mountain which is a further 570 miles.