Road to Rivendel(3)
(First and second Missing)
John Bryan State Park, Near Yellow Springs, Greene County, OH
Difficulty 2 - 2 miles of flat walking
Placed 1 February 2002 by
Valley of the Frogs Episode VIII: Road to Rivendel
are 3 microboxes to be found - log and
"It's all a matter of timing!" Strider seemed a little irritated at
another break called for by the 4 hobbits. "How so?" asked Frodo, with
"Without a constant pace and knowledge of time, how could one ever know how
far one has gotten?" Strider was incredulous that the short folk had
never given this a thought. Knowing how far one had gone by pace or by
watch was second nature - unless one needed to stop for 6 meals a day.
After all, they were in a hurry!
Strider went over the directions again, in case the party got
"Begin at the origin of Natural Resources 3 on Natural Resources 1",
he recited. "Take a bearing of 20 degrees and walk at a nice pace for a
minute and 45 seconds to the outlands. Take care, you will see Women
"OH! bother!" said Frodo, "Lets just do it. If it looks
like we will be separated we can rehearse the rest."
"From the Women Place, take a bearing of 80 degrees and walk toward the old
lodging house," said Strider.
was barely two minutes later when Frodo noticed the smooth rocky
path running at 50 degrees. The party took the wide path to a
white gate. From the gate post they saw another wide path at
remarked, "Measure this well. Without timing, all will be
said he would be glad to time this leg on his pocket watch.
Four and a half minutes later, from between three large trees close
by the right side of the road (two of the three were twins) the
group heard a shrill croak... It seemed to be coming from
under a rock between the three trees.
said Merry, "Listen - it sounds like it is calling my
enough, the frog, caught under the large rock, was croaking out a
high pitched "Mare-Rhee! Mare-Rhee." After
adjusting the rock, the frog was a little quieter, especially as
Merry had been careful to put the rock back so that the weight of
the rock was not pinching the little frog underneath.
down the path - this time Sam had volunteered to keep time - they
had gone an additional 5 minutes. Strider's senses were on
edge, as there was evidence that Trolls had been on the path not
you see the campaign ribbons on the tree here by this rude
path?" asked the man anxiously. "We must take
care to be quiet and careful."
the stillness, Sam heard a muffled frog like sound. "ss..aa..aa
said, "Seems a little like it is coming from over there across
the path, behind that large pine tree."
walked the 5 paces over to the tree.
whispered Strider, "I believe that is the largest pine we have
seen on the right side of the path since we began. Trolls and
pines are sometimes seen together. You see that big group of
large pines 50 paces away? Let's make sure we avoid that place
and stay on the path."
from under a roundish rock at the base of this pine tree, the
hobbits heard it again.. "ss..aa..aa mmmm"
on the path, with a good deal of the worry of the Trolls behind
them, another 3 minutes brought them to the white striped outpost of
and Frodo were both concerned the outpost was not occupied.
They both saw why at the same time... Toward 40 degrees, 5 paces
away, the guard was standing at the base of a tree peering
under a rock.
over and got a small thrill when he
realized there was a little frog there squeaking his name -
"Pip-ip! Pip-ip!" The guard was thinking of an
elvish spell to make the little frog sleepy since he was feeling
sleepy as well - and all the Pip-ips were interrupting
dreaming at his post.
helped to carefully put the rock back over the little frog and keep
him warm. He even quieted a bit.
was only 2 minutes later on the path, that the group of hobbits with
their protector and guide reached Rivendel. The silver dome of
the castle gleamed in the sun and good food promised to be within
the traveler who is unable to stop by the castle, continuing along
the road to the south will bring one back to familiar
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