BETR-Frodo: Day 27

“Glorfindel was tall and straight; his hair was of shining gold, his face fair and young and fearless and full of joy; his eyes were bright and keen, and his voice like music; on his brow sat wisdom, and in his hand was strength.” ―The Fellowship of the Ring, “Many Meetings,’ -J.R.R. Tolkien

Special thanks to Tolkien Gateway for the quote and the detailed information on Glorfindel.

Here below are the notes* Samwise Gamgee took along the journey.  Based on The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad).


Oct. 19 – Day 27 (13th from Weathertop): 20 miles


BETR-FRODO Day 27 Mile 420 Photo by Pezibear, Pixabay

Photo by Pexels, Pixabay

“We slept for less than five hours.  We started out again well before noon.  We’re to take the Road.  Strider says the Ringwraiths are afraid of Glorfindel and won’t approach us while he’s near.  He says it has something to do with the power Glorfindel holds in both our world and theirs. I don’t much understand it but I’m grateful for it.

“Mr. Frodo still rides atop Asfaloth, Glorfindel’s horse.  Mr. Frodo calls out in a strange language and his breath is ragged.  I’m afraid for him and we all push ourselves to get to Rivendell as fast as we can.  We took only two short rests and kept going.  Strider never seems to tire.”

From: “The Journal of Samwise Gamgee, 23 Sept – 20 Oct, 3018.



BETR-FRODO Day 27 Mile 429 Photo by Photochur, Pixabay

Photo by Photochur, Pixabay

“We crossed a small stream and rested our feet.  It’s such a fair day.  It don’t match the fear in my heart for Mr. Frodo.  Seems is should be dark and gloomy and storming.”

From: “The Journal of Samwise Gamgee, 23 Sept – 20 Oct, 3018.



BETR-FRODO Day 27 Mile 432 Photo by Pixel2013, Pixabay (1)

Photo by Pixel2013, Pixabay

“Another rest.  The afternoon draws down.  The woods are quiet along the road, and it makes me nervous.  I don’t hear any animals scurrying around, and no birdsong. I can tell Strider can feel something is off too. He probably knew it long before I did. I’ll give him that. He knows these woods and how to get through them.  So does this Glorfindel.  They speak quietly in elvish still and tend to Mr. Frodo, who is no better.”

From: “The Journal of Samwise Gamgee, 23 Sept – 20 Oct, 3018.



BETR-FRODO Day 27 Mile 440 Photo by Skeeze, Pixabay
Photo by Skeeze, Pixabay

“We made camp by the river near the bend toward River Bruinen.  The evening sky reflected on the river is a fair sight that would make my heart glad were not for the pain and worry in it.  It don’t seem right that evil such as those things that hunt us can exist in a world where there is so much beauty like this.”

From: “The Journal of Samwise Gamgee, 23 Sept – 20 Oct, 3018.




Feature Photo by Pezibear, Pixabay

*This journal is a fanfiction creation by Niki Flow, based the beautiful works of J.R.R. Tolkien; on the meticulous milestone-marker notes in The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad and on the Eowyn Challenge website:

Bag End to Rivendell with Frodo and Company:  458 Miles