The Last View of Hobbiton -- A Walk to RivendellSeptember 10, 2012
Shaylynn's Week 1
The Last View of HobbitonAs they began to climb its first slopes they looked back and saw the lamps in Hobbiton far off twinkling in the gentle valley of the Water. Soon it disappeared in the folds of the darkened land, and was followed by Bywater beside its grey pool. When the light of the last farm was far behind, peeping among the trees, Frodo turned and waved a hand in farewell.
Middle-Earth Location: A few miles ago, I caught my last glimpse of Hobbiton. (I wish! Hobbiton is so loverly. Feat your eyes on this beautiful image of Hobbiton from the films...)
Or this painting, drawn by J.R.R. Tolkien himself!
Traveling Music: I've fallen in love with a wonderful version of The Road Goes Ever On and On:
I've also been listening to a lot of non-LotR music, like Hayley Westenra, Kansas, the Fray, and Madsen.
Traveling Shows: No chance to do any walking on the elliptical and watch TV shows this week!
Feeling: A little bit restless; I wanted to walk much farther but being busy keeps you cooped up inside, away from the vast outdoors and long stretches of time to take walks and bike rides!
The drought has finally ended; at least, we've had several days of rain (and I've had some very interesting allergies from the damp pollen, like an itchy eye that kept me stuck in a bookstore's parking lot for fifteen minutes until I could see well enough to drive!).
This means that all the fields and woods are actually colorful again! These beautiful daisies popped up in less than a week!
I can just imagine flowers like these decorating all the lanes around Hobbiton...
Hobbit's Week 1
They've already been chased by the Black Riders, run through Farmer Maggot's field, and crossed the Ferry. Sam, Merry, Pippin, and Fatty (Fredegar) told Frodo they knew of his plans and would help him... And once they left Crickhollow, they got caught by Old Man Willow, saved by Tom Bombadill, caught by the Barrow-Wights, and saved by Tom Bombadill again!
It's only 20 more miles-- a single day's walk-- before they reach Bree.
How in the world do they do this with their little Hobbit legs and supposedly over-furnished bellies???
Feeling: Overwhelmed and a little bit scared. They've seen a lot, but hope that their troubles will be over once they meet Gandalf at the Inn of the Prancing Pony.