Having done little exercising in the past many months, I’ve started my ellipticaling trip from Hobbiton, and maybe I’ll even make it to Mordor! I did four miles today! That took me from my little hobbit hole on Bag Shot Row, west through the gate, where I turned south and followed the hedgerows. According to the Middle Earth Atlas, crossed the Water (on a plank bridge) and nearly made it to the Brandywine before collapsing in a great big out-of-shape pile of exhaustion.
Thoughts from the Passage
Frodo doesn’t leave Hobbiton until Chapter 3, setting off with not only Sam, but Pippin as well.
One thing that I always thought quaint about the Shire area was how they named things. They called the stream near Hobbiton, The Water. The nearby hill was The Hill. The Shire was the Shire. Even Hobbiton was a pretty obvious name. Maybe the Hobbits weren’t so imaginative. But then, most of the geographic locations were actually names which described what was going on there. The big river running through Middle Earth, The Anduin, for example, was Sindarin for “Great River.”
Also, I had thought that Frodo and company tramped by the Green Dragon on their way out of town, but I was mistaken. They turned off the road before they got to it, taking a different path to Rivendell than Bilbo took. That beer so brown would have to wait for their return.
“Be kind to a poor old hobbit!” laughed Frodo. “I shall be as thin as a willow-wand, I’m sure, before I get to Buckland.”
On the Exercising
Ellipticaling is very low impact – much less impact than, say, running. Nevertheless, after but four miles, I am beat. Tomorrow, I will try to do five.
miles today: 4
miles thus far: 4
stopping place: Just across The Water from Hobbiton, which was spanned by a plank bridge.