From Hobbiton to Bree

As I can’t be in game for a couple of weeks, I thought I’d take the opportunity to write something about the journey from Bag End to Bree that Seolferwulf is now undertaking.

I recently bought a copy of The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad (highly recommended). This book is by a geographer who has analysed Tolkein’s works and mapped them. Below I give her breakdown of the journey taken by Frodo and company plus I have added a breakdown of Bilbo’s journey. Although both took 7 days, the mileage, route and pace is very different. Anyway, enjoy and try to compare the features to the ingame map.

Bilbo’s Journey

 

Day Miles Cumulative Description
  0 0 Leave Hobbiton and turn east on the road to Bywater.
  5 5 Reach The Green Dragon in Bywater.
  2 7 Reach the Great East Road. Turn east.
  2 9 Pass Three-Farthing Stone.
1 2 11 Camp.
2 12 23 Continue east on the Road at a leisurely pace. At Frogmorton, stay at The Floating Log.
3 11 34 Continue east. See the trees of Wood End across the fields to the south. Camp.
4 11 45 Reach the Brandywine Bridge. Stay at the Bridge Inn.
  10 55 Cross the Bridge. Road to Buckland goes south.
  6 61 Continue east. The Old Forest appears south off the Road.
5 4 65 The Old Forest is now quite close. Camp next to the Road.
  4 69 Continue east on the road. Land is sparsely settled. To the south the Old Forest ends.
6 6 75 Camp
  6 81 Continue east at a leisurely pace. The most western slopes of the Barrow-downs appear far to the south. Between the Road and the Downs is a hedge.
7 4 85 Reach Bree. Stay at The Prancing Pony

 

Frodo’s Journey

 

Cumulative
Miles for Walk

Miles from last Mile- Post

Location/description at the Milepost.

   

Sept. 23 – Day 1: 18 miles – Frodo and Company leave for Rivendell

0

0

Leave Bag End at full dark (ca. 7 p.m.). Go around (W) end, jump hedge.

1

1

Go through gate into a lane. Head west.

2

1

Leave lane, follow hedgerows south.

3

1

Cross The Water on a plank bridge

5

2

Cross The Great Road from the Brandywine Bridge. Enter Tookland.

7.5

2.5

Look back at lights of Hobbiton from first slopes of the Green Hill Country.

9

1.5

Hobbiton hidden as slopes rise and fall.

11

2

Stop in a birch grove. Eat a frugal supper (ca. 10 p.m.).

14.5

3.5

Reach Stock Road

15.5

1

Begin to sing. Walk through a deeply cloven track between tall trees.

17.5

2

Climb a steep slope. Pippins yawns (“Nearly midnight”).

18

0.5

Camp – In a firwood just over top of the hill. Sleep by a large tree. Fox sees them.

   

Sept. 24 – Day 2: 28 miles

18

0

Eat at campsite. Water from a stream at the foot of the hill. “A little fall where the water fell a few feet over an outcrop of grey stone.” After 10:00 a.m. when leave.

20-28

2-10

Road rolls up and down.

29

1

Road zig-zigs to top of a steep bank and goes down for the last time. Can see across Woody End to the River. **THEY STOP TO REST, EAT, and REST more! (ca. 1:30-4:30 p.m.) Sun was ‘beginning to get low’ as they went down the hill.

32

3

Road ahead runs fairly straight and level. Behind them it curves slightly. BLACK RIDER. Sam and Pippin hide in a hollow. Frodo behind tree by road (ca.5 p.m.).

35

3

Keep a stone’s throw left of the road…slower going.

37

2

Road splits. Road to Stock bends left and goes down into the lowlands. They take a lane which branches to the right, winding through a wood of ancient Oaks. “Sun down and evening coming on” (ca. 6:30 p.m.). Quite close to the road-meeting they creep inside a huge tree. Eat and rest.

38

1

Go on in twilight. Begin to sing. (ca. 7:00 p.m.)

41

3

“And NOW to bed!” Pippin says, when BLACK RIDER is heard again (ca. 9 p.m.). ELVES arrive, RIDER leaves, and Frodo & Co. continue with Elves.

42-44

1-3

Wood more dense, and lane went lower, running in a fold of hills, with hazel on the slopes alongside. Pippin quickly becomes sleepy.

45

1

Turn right off the path on ‘a green ride’ through thickets.

46

1

Camp – Woody End. A green floor in the wood, roofed by boughs of trees. To the east a steep shoulder falls, and they can overlook the river valley. The lights of the village of Woodhall seen below (ca. 11 p.m.).

   

Sept. 25 – Day 3: 27 miles

46

0

Sleep late (leaving time ca. 11:00 a.m.). Frodo decides to cut SE to Buckleberry Ferry. Scramble down hill into the thick trees below. It begins to cloud up.

47

1

A deep-banked stream below the hill cuts across their path. Looking back, they see a Black Rider on the hillcrest where they had camped. They force through the bushes alongside the stream.

48

1

Pippin realizes it is the Stock-brook. The banks are low enough now for them to cross. The land on its south bank is wet and reedy.

50

2

They reach a belt of trees, mostly oaks with a few elms and ash. Drops of rain fall.

52

2

Pippin realizes they’ve turned too far south as they are still in the trees.

54

2

Still in the trees, they stop for lunch (ca. 2:00 p.m.). Their singing is cut by the cry of a Black Rider, and they leave (ca. 3:00 p.m.).

55

1

Wood ends. The land steadily becomes more tame. Sun is shining brightly.

56

1

Reach area of the Marish with fields, meadows, hedges, gates, and drainage dikes.

61

5

Edges of fields worked by Farmer Maggot.

62

1

After a turnip field there is a stout gate to a rutted lane, edged by hedges

63

1

Farmer Maggot’s house and buildings: brick with thatched roofs, surrounded by a high wall cut by a wooden gate from the lane. Eat. (Est. time there: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.: full dark when they leave).

65

2

Farmer Maggot’s lane meets the Causeway to Buckleberry Ferry. Ride in wagon.

70

5

Boggy land all around. Foggy. Merry meets them at the Ferry landing. As they reach the other side of the river, they can see a Black Rider on the west shore.

70.5

0.5

Taking the main road north from the Ferry, Buck Hill is on the left and Buckleberry on the right. They take a lane to the right, and climb up and down into the country.

73

2.5

Crickhollow – spend the night. “A Conspiracy Unmasked”.

   

Sept. 26 – Day 4: 25 miles

73

0

Leave Crickhollow soon after 6:00 a.m. Foggy. Ride ponies slowly.

75

3

Enter tunnel under Hedge to reach The Old Forest. Path disappears (ca. 7:15 a.m.).

78

2

The Bonfire Glade – clear path beyond. Sunny, but not yet in clearing (ca. 8 a.m.).

78-86

0-8

On path in the Forest. Path climbs gently.

87

1

Top of knoll in Forest. Hazy. Surrounded by Trees. Eat, rest (11 a.m.-ca.1 p.m.)

88

1

Path veers SE. Company leaves path and tries to turn north.

89-90

1-2

Cross series of deep folds running SE. Keep turning east. Lose direction.

91

1

Enter fold too deep to leave. Follow it SE to Withywindle (ca. 4 p.m.).

93

2

Merry finds path along bank of the River. Follow it east through wetlands.

95

2

Stop by Old Man Willow to rest. (ca. 5:30) Rescued by Tom Bombadil (ca.6:00 p.m.).

98

3

Reach Tom Bombadil’s house. Stars are out (ca. 7 p.m.).

   

Sept. 27 – Day 5 – REST: 0 miles

98

0

Rainy. Spend the day at Tom Bombadil’s house.

   

Sept. 28 – Day 6: 17 miles

98

0

Leave Tom’s house and climb zig-zag path to brow of hill on west side of Barrow-downs (ca. 9 a.m.). On ponies go up steep slopes and down long limbs. No trees or water. Turn more east than they intend and enter the Barrow-downs, a place of great dread: inhabited by evil Barrow-wights from Angmar (R. Foster).

112

14

Midday. Stop in a hollow atop a hill. Eat and fall asleep. Wake in fog, sun sinking.

115

3

Try to head north, but lose their way and become separated. Captured by Wights.

   

Sept. 29 – Day 7: 20 miles

115

0

Frodo sings, Tom rescues and recalls ponies. Leave about 10 a.m. Tom leads.

118

3

Ride north through a gap.

123

5

Reach dike and hedge. Former boundary of Cardolan, part of the North Kingdom of Arnor.

131

8

Return to Great East Road (ca.5:30). Tom departs. Strider sees them, but hides.

135

4

Reach Bree. Stay at The Prancing Pony. Meet Strider. Ponies stolen during night.

 

The mileage charts on this website are the property of Karen Fonstad and may be reprinted for personal use to record your Personal Journey only.

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