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Last updated: August 6, 2007

Middle-earth Distances Table


Made by Ardamir
Distances in Middle-earth taken from Tolkiens texts rather than from maps

Along
roads?

Approx.
distance in
miles

yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes
yes

50 1
1176 2
348 3
20 4
100 5
20
80 6

yes
no
(mostly)
yes

1176
at least 924 7

yes

80 9

yes

60 10

yes

22 11

yes

a few 12

yes

80

no

1 13

yes

20 14

Weathertop

yes

110 15

Weathertop, eastern side of

yes

109 16

Starting point

Destination

Bree-land and
surroundings
Bree
Bree
Bree
Bree Eastgate
Bree Eastgate
Last Inn (Forsaken Inn)
Last Inn (Forsaken Inn)

Brandywine Bridge
Osgiliath
Rivendell
Last Inn (Forsaken Inn)
Weathertop
Bree Eastgate
Weathertop

Gondor
Osgiliath

Bree

Osgiliath

Rivendell

Osgiliath

Rivendell

1523 8

Rhudaur
Ford of Bruinen
Ford of Bruinen
Ford of Bruinen
high bank above the East
Road, top of
Last Bridge (Bridge of
Mitheithel)
Last Bridge (Bridge of
Mitheithel)
Last Bridge (Bridge of
Mitheithel)
Last Bridge (Bridge of
Mitheithel)
Last Bridge (Bridge of
Mitheithel)

Last Bridge (Bridge of


Mitheithel)
point along the East Road
where trolls were (III 2941-)
Rivendell, entrance to
point along the East Road
where there were trolls (III
2941-)
Ford of Bruinen
narrow ravine to the North of
the East Road
point along the East Road
where there were trolls (III
2941-)

Starting point
Rhudaur
Last Bridge (Bridge of
Mitheithel)
narrow ravine to the north
of the East Road
point along the East Road
where there were trolls (III
2941-)
point along the East Road
where there were trolls (III
2941-)
point along the Road
where there were trolls (III
2941-)
Weathertop
Weathertop

Along
roads?

Approx.
distance in
miles

Weathertop, western side of

yes

111 17

Last Bridge (Bridge of


Mitheithel)

no

Ford of Bruinen

yes

60

high bank above the East


Road, top of

yes

a few

Last Bridge (Bridge of


Mitheithel)

yes

20

yes
yes

80
100

yes

110

yes

109

yes

111

yes
yes
no
(mostly)
yes
yes
yes

348
> 100 18

Destination

Weathertop, eastern side


of
Weathertop, western side
of

Last Inn (Forsaken Inn)


Bree Eastgate
Last Bridge (Bridge of
Mitheithel)
Last Bridge (Bridge of
Mitheithel)
Last Bridge (Bridge of
Mitheithel)

Rivendell
Rivendell
Rivendell

Bree
Cave of Goblins

Rivendell

Osgiliath

Rivendell
Rivendell, entrance to
Rivendell, entrance to

Osgiliath
Bywater
Ford of Bruinen

Rhovanion
Cave of Goblins
Enchanted River
Enchanted River
Forest Gate
Mirkwood, edge of
Thranduils Halls
Thranduils Halls

Rivendell
Forest Gate
Thranduils Halls
Enchanted River
Thranduils Halls
Enchanted River
Mirkwood, edge of

yes
yes
yes
yes
no
yes
no

> 100
150 20
150 21
150
some 22
150
some

The Shire
Brandywine Bridge
Brandywine Bridge

Bree
Far Downs

yes
no

50
120 23

Weathertop

at least 924
1523
412 19
22

Starting point

Along
roads?

Approx.
distance in
miles

yes

50 24

yes
yes
yes

12 25
412
at most 1.25 26

yes

at most 1 27

no

> 1 28

no
yes

120
at most 1.25

Brandywine Bridge

yes

50

Bywater, first houses

yes

at most 1

North Moors

no

150 29

Crickhollow, Frodos house


at

no

>1

marshes in the south


Brandywine Bridge

no
yes

150
12

Destination

The Shire
Brandywine Bridge
Brandywine Bridge
Bywater
Bywater, last houses
Bywater, last houses
Crickhollow, Frodos
house at
Far Downs
Hobbiton bridge
Hobbiton, roadjunction to
the south of
Hobbiton, to the right of
the roadjunction to the
south of
marshes in the south
Crickhollow, house
nearest to Frodos house
at (from the back)
North Moors
Whitfurrows

Hobbiton, roadjunction to the


south of
Whitfurrows
Rivendell, entrance to
Hobbiton bridge
Hobbiton, to the right of the
roadjunction to the south of
Crickhollow, house nearest
to Frodos house at (from the
back)
Brandywine Bridge
Bywater, first houses

Other points of interest

In the A Part of the Shire map Bywater and its pool is somewhat too far east. 30
16 miles a day by ponies is slow. 31
The Road through Mirkwood is only 175 miles long in the Wilderland map but
should be 300. 32

Sources used
The History of The Hobbit (HarperCollins hardback edition 2007, abbrev. HotH) The 1960
Hobbit
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings (abbrev. LR) Prologue
A Long-expected Party
A Knife in the Dark
Flight to the Ford
Unfinished Tales (abbrev. UT) The Disaster of the Gladden Fields

References and notes


1 league = 3 miles
1

HotH p. 815. Note also: called (L.R. I. 162 not much [further] than a days riding but that refers
to quick <journeys> on <unhampered> mounts. [HotH p. 815], and this was at Bree and in
the Chetwood that lay round about, some forty miles east of the Shire. [LR, Prologue]
However, I believe that this distance is as the crow flies, not along the East-West Road.

These roads crossed at a point [Bree] west of Amon Sl (Weathertop), by Nmenrean roadmeasurements three hundred and ninety-two leagues from Osgiliath [UT, The Distaster of
the Gladden Fields, note 4] Note that leagues here are by Nmenrean linear measures (see
Nmenrean Linear Measures); one Nmenrean league, a lr, is 5277 yards, two feet and
four inches, not 5280 yards, as our league is. However, this affects the distance converted to
miles very little.

by Nmenrean road-measurements three hundred and ninety-two leagues from Osgiliath,


and then east to Imladris one hundred and sixteen [UT, The Distaster of the Gladden
Fields, note 4] See also note 2 above regarding the Nmenrean league.

HotH p. 815

HotH p. 815

HotH p. 815

He therefore determined to make his way north from Osgiliath up the Vales of Anduin to Cirith
Forn en Andrath, the high-climbing pass of the North, that led down to Imladris. [UT, The
Disaster of the Gladden Fields] and The journey was probably at least three hundred and
eight leagues as marched... [UT, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields, note 9] See also note 2
above regarding the Nmenrean league.

the only Nmenrean roads were the great road linking Gondor and Arnor, through
Calenardhon, then north over the Gwathl at Tharbad, and so at last to Fornost; and the EastWest Road from the Grey Havens to Imladris. five hundred and eight leagues in all. [UT,
The Disaster of the Gladden Fields, note 4] See also note 2 above regarding the Nmenrean
league.

HotH p. 815

10

HotH p. 815

11

HotH p. 815; however, 20 miles according to p. 826 and 833.

12

[Strider and the Hobbits] were probably following the very track that Gandalf, Bilbo, and the
dwarves had used many years before. After a few miles they came out on the top of a high
bank above the Road. [LR, Flight to the Ford]

13

[Strider and the Hobbits] crossed the [Last] Bridge in safety, hearing no sound but the water
swirling against its three great arches. A mile further on they came to a narrow ravine that led
away northwards through the steep lands on the left of the Road. [LR, Flight to the Ford]

14

HotH p. 815

15

HotH p. 815

16

HotH p. 816

17

May be deduced from the distances given above and below in the table.

18

HotH p. 821

19

HotH p. 815; however, according to p. 826 412 miles is the distance between Hobbiton and
Rivendell.

20

HotH p. 821-2

21

HotH p. 821-2

22

In a great cave some miles within the edge of Mirkwood on its eastern side there lived at this
time their greatest king. [The Hobbit]

23

Forty leagues it [the Shire] stretched from the Far Downs to the Brandywine Bridge [LR,
Prologue] Note also: As first published this passage read: 'Fifty leagues it stretched from the
Westmarch under the Tower Hills to the Brandywine Bridge' Its revision in the second
edition (1965) has at least two possible explanations (or both): because the Westmarch was
not added to the Shire until after the events of the story (though its addition must predate the
Prologue); or because on the scale of the 1954 general map of Middle-earth, 50 leagues (150
miles) from the Brandywine Bridge extends beyond Westmarch, even beyond the Tower Hills,
and it was easier to alter the text than to redraw the map. [The Lord of the Rings A Readers
Companion]

24

HotH p. 815

25

HotH p. 816

26

It was not more than a mile and a quarter from the footbridge just south of the Mill to the first
houses of Bywater, among which was the Green Dragon Inn. [HotH p. 814]

27

At the time of L.R. (Scouring of the Shire) there should be a small block of new houses to
the right of the roadjunction, a mile beyond Bywater [HotH p. 814]

28

And run [Fatty Bolger] did, out of the back door, through the garden, and over the fields. When
he reached the nearest house, more than a mile away [LR, A Knife in the Dark]

29

Forty leagues it [the Shire] stretched from the Far Downs to the Brandywine Bridge, and fifty
from the northern moors to the marshes in the south. [LR, Prologue] Note also: As first
published this passage read: 'nearly fifty from the northern moors to the marshes in the
south.' Tolkien had wished to retain 'and nearly fifty' for the north-south dimension, but it was
wrongly typeset in the Ballantine Books edition (1965) and the error was continued in the Allen
& Unwin second edition (1966). Tolkien noted the error and accepted it [The Lord of the
Rings A Readers Companion]

30

But note ** in [the Shire-map] Bywater and its pool is somewhat too far east. [HotH p. 814]

31

HotH p. 815

32

HotH p. 822