The Walk to Rivendell : Woods of Lothlórien

Continuing Jan. 15 – Outside Moria
382/611.2 0.5 STOP to vent grief.
Then continue down rough, winding trail.
383.5/613.6 1.5 Durin’s Stone and Mirrormere.
Stop briefly, then continue south on road.
384/614.4 0

Pause at the spring of the Silverlode.
390/624 6 Frodo and Sam lag behind.
Aragorn and Boromir carry them to a dell nearby.
Eat and rest (ca. 3 to 4 p.m.).
393/628.8 3 Dusk (ca. 5 p.m.).
396/633.6 3 Frodo begins to hear Gollum again, and sees glowing eyes.
397/635.2 1 Enter woods of Lothlórien.
398/636.8 1 Cross the Nimrodel. Go west upstream a short distance.
Meet elves. Sleep on flets in the trees.
Orc company passes during the night. Gollum appears briefly.
Reached: 2019-Feb-20

❝ ‘There lie the woods of Lothlórien!’ said Legolas. ‘That is the fairest of all the dwellings of my people. There are no trees like the trees of that land. For in the autumn their leaves fall not, but turn to gold. Not till the spring comes and the new green opens do they fall, and then the boughs are laden with yellow flowers; and the floor of the wood is golden, and golden is the roof, and its pillars are of silver, for the bark of the trees is smooth and grey. So still our songs in Mirkwood say. My heart would be glad if I were beneath the eaves of that wood, and it were springtime!’
‘My heart will be glad, even in the winter,’ said Aragorn. ‘But it lies many miles away. Let us hasten!’ ❞

Continuing the journey from Rivendell to Lothlórien we reach the Woods of Lothlórien (635.2km).

❝ Out of the shadows a ladder was let down: it was made of rope, silver-grey and glimmering in the dark, and though it looked slender it proved strong enough to bear many men. Legolas ran lightly up, and Frodo followed slowly; behind came Sam trying not to breathe loudly. The branches of the mallorn-tree grew out nearly straight from the trunk, and then swept upward; but near the top the main stem divided into a crown of many boughs, and among these they found that there had been built a wooden platform, or flet as such things were called in those days: the Elves called it a talan. It was reached by a round hole in the centre through which the ladder passed. ❞
— J. R. R. Tolkien – The Fellowship of the Ring
Book II, Chapter 6: Lothlórien

We continue the journey to Cerin Amroth (716.8km), and then onto Caras Galadan (739.2) to meet with Galadriel.

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