Lofty Mountains that Seemed Now to Stand Across the Path

While our heroes make their way back to and then along the River Bruinin, leaving Rivendell, let’s take a look at what lies ahead for them.

Thoughts on the Passage – Book II, Chapter 3 (p281, 50th Anniv. Ed.)
I’m getting off to a late start this travel season. By the looks of our schedule, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be heading anywhere until the middle of April. This is bugging the crap out of me. Not only because I’ve got some major cabin fever, but I was hoping to grab some more photos for the land that lies ahead of us in Middle-earth.

So what land lies ahead? Well, let’s take a look. Well, for the next twentyish days (in the narrative), the Fellowship will be carving out their own way south, avoiding whatever road there might be. On their left were the Misty Mountains, their summits reaching 6,000 or so feet above them. Over them all was Caradhras, also known as the Redhorn. This was 14,000 feet high. The next nearest peak, Celebdil, was not quite as high. Between the two mountains was Redhorn Pass.

Thing is, however, they traveled only at night, so they would have missed most of the scenery. I suppose I could just post incredibly under exposed photos of mountains, but I’ll do what I can to not go there.

One thing that I know I’m going to miss is the Kendall Katwalk. I think it would make an amazing depiction for when they get higher into the mountains. See? It would be perfect, except that there’s snow on the ground until mid-July. I realize that’s probably accurate to the book, but there’s seriously no way that I’m hiking this in the snow.

The Mines of Moria will also present some problems as far as photography goes. I’m really not sure how I’m going to do that, but I’m sure I can figure something out. It will probably be abstract.

Looking over the maps, I can see that the Fellowship travels quite a bit along streams and rivers. This makes a lot of sense since they need water. I’m sure I’ll have no problems finding shots to represent the Rivers Sirannon and Silverload.

If you good folks find yourself bored this weekend, you could always flip through my flickr account and see if you notice anything that might be able to play the roll of something from the book. Give it a shot!

Looking at my photos, there’s a serious lack of a) river photos and b) mountain photos. Yikes!

Camera: Kodak Brownie No. 2, Model D (1914)  Film: Fujichrome Velvia 100 x-pro as C-41

Camera: Kodak Brownie No. 2, Model D (1914)
Film: Fujichrome Velvia 100 x-pro as C-41

Here’s a map of the ground.

About the Photo
This is not the Redhorn Pass! See how far off I am? I need to get out there! That said, this photo was taking with a 100 year old camera, so….


  • Day 95
  • Miles today: 5
  • Miles thus far: 468
  • 452 miles to Lothlórien
  • 1,310 miles to Mt. Doom

Today’s stopping place: Book II, Chapter 3. Along the Bruinen! (map)

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3 thoughts on “Lofty Mountains that Seemed Now to Stand Across the Path

    • Thanks! You know, I didn’t really consider a cathedral or anything like that for Moria. For this project, I use only my own photos, so I’d have to find one somewhere that I could photograph. I have a few ideas apart from that, but they were mostly dank and dark like caves (or in some instances, actually caves). In Washington, we have a lot of old mines that you can still technically get into, though that’s ridiculously dangerous. So we’ll see on that!

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