A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- October 2017

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  • Miles Walked This Month (Sept 25th-Oct 29th):  69.5 miles
  • Total Miles Walked: 1,252.8 miles
  • Milestones Reached: Edge of Mirkwood

“Anyway by mid-winter Gandalf and Bilbo had come all the way back, along both edges of the Forest, to the doors of Beorn’s house; and there for a while they both stayed.”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 18: The Return Journey

I finally made it! I finally made it around Mirkwood!

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Now we’re on to Beorn’s place for a little break and then continuing on home.

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Yeah…we’ll see how those famous last words go ;P

 

A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- August/September 2017

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  • Miles Walked This Month (July 31st-Sept 24th ):  97.2 miles
  • Total Miles Walked: 1183.3 miles
  • Milestones Reached: Still walking around the Edge of Mirkwood

“[Bilbo] had many hardships and adventures before he got back. The Wild was still the Wild, and there were many other things in it in those days besides goblins; but he was well guided and well-guarded-the wizard was with him, and Beorn for much of the way-and he was never in great danger again.”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 18: The Return Journey

 

Oh my god, I AM STILL WALKING AROUND MIRKWOOD!!!

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Not anymore, Bilbo. I swear to god, I take a month off and I’m still wandering around this god-forsaken piece of…land.

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…and I would like to get AWAY from the damn thing as soon as possible. Seriously, my god.

Hopefully we’ll be free of it next month. Stay tuned!

 

 

Rumors Of My Distress Might Not Be As Exaggerated As I Would Like…

So, if anyone actually pays attention to when this blog is updated (irregular as it may be), you may have noticed that I’ve missed a couple of blog posts. Sorry about that. See, there was this guy named Harvey. He came to visit my little corner of the world, and totally over-stayed his welcome.

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A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- July 2017

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  • Miles Walked This Month (June 29th – July 30th):  50.7 miles
  • Total Miles Walked: 1086.1 miles
  • Milestones Reached: Edge of Mirkwood

“Then they halted, for the wizard and Bilbo would not enter the wood, even though the king bade them stay a while in his halls (…) Then the elves turned towards the Forest, and Bilbo started on his long road home.”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 18: The Return Journey

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A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- June 2017

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  • Miles Walked This Month (June 1st-28th):  53.6 miles
  • Total Miles Walked:  1035.4 miles
  • Milestones Reached: Laketown

“Gandalf and Bilbo rode behind the Elvenking, and beside them strode Beorn, once again in man’s shape, and he laughed and sang in a loud voice upon the road. So they went on until they drew near to the borders of Mirkwood, to the north of the place where the Forest River ran out.”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 18: The Return Journey

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A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- May 2017

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  • Miles Walked This Month (April 23rd-May 31st):  67.2 miles
  • Total Miles Walked:  981.8 miles
  • Milestones Reached: Desolation of Smaug, Hidden Door, Death of Smaug, Battle of the Five Armies, Lonely Mountain funeral

“They buried Thorin deep beneath the Mountain, and Bard laid the Arkenstone upon his breast.

“‘There let it lie till the Mountain falls!’ he said. ‘May it bring good fortune to all his folk that dwell here after!’ Upon his tomb the Elvenking then laid Orcrist, the elvish sword that had been taken from Thorin in captivity. It is said in songs that it gleamed ever in the dark if foes approached, and the fortress of the dwarves could not be taken by surprise.”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 18: The Return Journey

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A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- April 2017

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  • Miles Walked This Month (April 1st-23rd):  45.8 miles
  • Total Miles Walked:  914.6 miles
  • Milestones Reached: Raft-Elves, Lake-Town

“If you come in peace lay down your arms!” said the captain.

“We have none,” said Thorin, and it was true enough: their knives had been taken from them by the wood-elves, and the great sword Orcrist too. Bilbo had his short sword, hidden as usual, but he said nothing about that. “We have no need of weapons, who return at last to our own as spoken of old. Nor could we fight against so many. Take us to your master!”

“He is at feast,” said the captain.

“Then all the more reason for taking us to him,” burst in Fili, who was getting impatient at this solemnities.

~The Hobbit, Chapter 10: A Warm Welcome

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A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- March 2017

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  • Miles Walked This Month (February 27th-March 31st):  58.6 miles
  • Total Miles Walked:  868.8 miles
  • Milestones Reached: Leave the Path, Elven Prison

“Why did you and your folk three times try to attack my people at their merrymaking?” asked the king.

“We did not attack them,” answered Thorin; “we came to beg, because we were starving.”

“Where are your friends now, and what are they doing?”

“I don’t know, but I expect starving in the forest.”

“What were you doing in the forest?”

“Looking for food and drink, because we were starving.”

“But what brought you into the forest at all?” asked the king angrily.

At that Thorin shut his mouth and would not say another word.

~The Hobbit, Chapter 8: Flies and Spiders

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Go ahead… Tell me you were starving… ONE MORE GODDAMN TIME…

I’m sorry, but this scene just cracks me up every time I read it, I can’t even ;P

So, I didn’t get a lot of walking done, but at least we’re imprisoned now, so YAY! Now we just have to escape and convince Laketown to take us in. We can do this, right? Yeah, we can totally do this 🙂

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A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- February 2017

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  • Miles Walked This Month (January 25th-February 26th):  64.5 miles
  • Total Miles Walked:  810.2 miles
  • Milestones Reached: The Enchanted River

“This was their state when one day they found their path blocked by a running water. It flowed fast and strong but not very wide right across the way, and it was black, or looked it in the gloom. (…) There had been a bridge of wood across, but it had rotted and fallen leaving only the broken posts near the bank.”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 8: Flies and Spiders

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I swore that I would not spend one more god forsaken month on that same Mirkwood path, and by god, I made it! I didn’t think I was going to, but I did! Take that! I mean, I’m still technically in Mirkwood, but at least I’m making progress! I’ll be kidnapped by Thranduil shortly (and I never thought I would type something like that with a hopeful attitude…) and then I’ll finally escape this awful place.

Onward! And don’t mind the hart…

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…I’m sure it wouldn’t make for very good eating anyway. ;P

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A Hobbit’s Walking Tale- January 2017

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  • Miles Walked This Month (December 29th-January 25th):  48.9 miles
  • Total Miles Walked:  745.7 miles
  • Milestones Reached: none (78.7 miles into Mirkwood, halfway to the Enchanted River)

“It was not long before they grew to hate the forest as heartily as they had hated the tunnels of the goblins, and it seemed to offer even less hope of any ending. But they had to go on and on, long after they were sick for a sight of the sun, and of the sky, and longed for the feel of wind on their faces. There was no movement of air down under the forest-roof, and it was everlastingly still and dark and stuffy.”

~The Hobbit, Chapter 8: Flies and Spiders

 

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Oh I had such plans for this year… and then Mirkwood sucked the life out of me.

As I mentioned at the end of 2016, I had planned to start integrating walking into my writing routine through dictation this month. What I didn’t consider when I made this decision, was Daylight Savings Time. In my part of the world, its getting dark around 6 pm, and I don’t even get off work until 5:30. So I haven’t been able to take my writing “on the road” as it were, and have therefore lost all motivation for walking more. I’m attempting to come up with alternatives now, but so far, nothing. We’ll see how it goes next month I guess. Hopefully I can at least get to the Enchanted River…

Until next time!

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