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The Lord of the Rings Journey Animated

If The Lord of the Rings novel could be summed up in three words, they would be this: “Onward they traveled.”

As you hopefully know, the novel is the most epic adventure ever written (my description).

As I’ve re-read the novel this time around (I’m currently over halfway through The Two Towers), I’ve really grown to appreciate the immensity of the distances these characters travel. I’ve also grown more respect for Tolkien’s writing skill, as he goes way beyond simply saying “they traveled from The Shire to Mt. Doom.”

The novel has an amazing amount of detail, and it’s easy to get lost in some of that detail. So when it comes to the traveling itself, this GIF created by “SiliconeSoldier” and showcased on Reddit is incredible in illustrating just how long their fictional journey took them.

This GIF shows the entire pacing of the novel with one frame per day represented.

You’ve got to love The Lord of the Rings fans. What kind of subculture of fans would ever take the time to do this?

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  1. This is amazing!

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    July 8, 2014
  2. This is so awesome I can’t begin to describe. Between the ages of 10 & 25 I read LOTR’s I think 6 times. It was my go to fantasy escape. I love how Science Fiction and Fantasy genres get you so drawn into their alternative universes. Tolkien, you are a genius.

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    July 8, 2014
  3. The extent of their travels is certainly amazing, and Tolkien embraced the idea that the journey is important than the destination, creating entire worlds and languages to accommodate his readers. I love these books, The Hobbit is one of my favorite books of all time. Thank you for this post!

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    July 8, 2014
  4. I love that GIF. Thanks for sharing it.

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    July 8, 2014
  5. Incredible effort!

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    July 8, 2014
  6. The great thing about this insurmountable journey was the painstaking, step-by-step description Tolkien lay out in, sometimes laboriously, vivid detail. A truly formidable adventure of Odyssean proportions crafted by sheer creative genius.

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    July 8, 2014
  7. You are not wrong! The incredible detail in which Tolkein was able pen throughout his masterpiece is something extraordinary. Something I have found that Robert Jordan was able to convey in a similar fashion throughout the Wheel of Time series. Great reading

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    July 8, 2014
  8. That is an awesome gif! I’m enjoying these posts very much 🙂

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    July 8, 2014
  9. This is great, thanks for sharing!

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    July 8, 2014
  10. So awesome! LOTR is in my top two favorite series. (And books of all time!) The other is Anne of Green Gables, and you can’t even compare the two because they’re lightyears apart. But LOTR is the basis by which I judge and appreciate all other epic fantasy and fantasy writing in general. Including my own. Great post!

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    July 8, 2014
  11. Very cool! Looking at these maps, you know that Tolkien had a very detailed picture of Middle-earth in his head that went way beyond the places and events mentioned in the LOTR series. He truly did create a world.

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    July 10, 2014
  12. This is awesome! 🙂

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    July 10, 2014
  13. danielfbowman #

    I never realized how long they stayed at Rivendell.

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    July 12, 2014

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