Writer’s Life: Walk into Mordor with me!

“One Does Not Simply Walk into Mordor”


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Or maybe one does… As a writer, I spend a lot of time sitting down. If I don’t write, I plan, waste time on social media, read, organise my stick-its and lists (don’t know if I can blame that on being a writer) etc etc. The only thing I do while standing or walking is thinking and listen to podcasts.

I used to walk a lot, not having a driver’s license it’s how I get around, but two years ago we moved out into the woods and since then my walking has dwindled considerably.

Before I walked to the shop, I walked to work, I walked to playgrounds with the kids, and just about anywhere I wanted to go. Here there are no playgrounds, no shops, no real destination, really. Before it was transportation from one spot to another, now it’s something I do when I can fit it into my schedule, but looking at the raindrops crashing on the window it’s easier to convince myself I need to write instead of walk.

But, the thing is that miss walking, and a couple of days ago I stumbled upon a clip on YouTube about a walking challenge.


I’m going to walk into Mordor and I would love it if you did too!


Over at nerdfitness.com someone has calculated the distance Frodo and his mates walked when going to Mt. Doom and back and then to the Grey Havens. It’s a short little trip of 1779 miles, and I figured a Monday was a good day to start. To make it a little easier they’ve divided the distance into several parts:

  • Hobbiton – Rivendell: 458 miles
  • Rivendell, through Moria, to Lothlorien: 462 miles
  • Lothlorien, down the Anduin, to Rauros Falls: 389 miles
  • Rauros – Mt. Doom: 470 miles
  • Minas Tirith – Isengard: 535 miles
  • Isengard – Rivendell: 693 miles
  • Rivendell – Bag End: 397 miles
  • Bonus! Follow Frodo to the Grey Havens and return home with Sam: 467 miles

So I’m gonna expose my astonishing drawing skills and show you the spread I did in my journal. Each square represents one (at this point, unwalked) mile, and there are 458 squares. I’ll start out easy by walking from Hobbiton to Rivendell *snort*.

Walk into Mordor challenge by Ofelia Gränd

See you there!

Let me know if you’re walking into Mordor, too.

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