Turns out it’s a lot. Industrious Imgur user Mattsawizard tabulated the miles it took Frodo and his erstwhile companion Samwise to get from Bag’s End all the way to Mt. Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the distance is 1350 miles — as long as it would take you to walk from Los Angeles, CA, to Austin, Texas.

Actually, first Mattsawizard first figured out the European equivalent, as it fair and just, and then gave us the U.S. equivalent as he knew we would be completely baffled by all concept of European distances. For those wiser than we are, Sam and Frodo’s journey was equal to walking to Nis, Serbia, from London. You can see the full travel distance breakdown of all legs of the Fellowsip’s journey here — it’s fun stuff.


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