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By the skin of their...er, skins

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By the skin of their...er, skins [In reply to] Can't Post

Waterskins, that is. That's a good point about the water! How much would each have had to carry, to get by for nearly a month? Karen Wynn Fonstad, in her "Atlas of Middle-earth", worked out that the dwarves and Bilbo probably entered the wood on July 26 and were captured by the Wood-elves on August 23, making a total of 28 days (in Shire-reckoning).

Even getting by on as little as a quart of water per day (the actual need, for humans hiking, is at least twice that), that comes to 7 gallons, and at 8.33 lbs/gallon, that's nearly 60 lbs/27 kg, and we have not yet even added the food, blankets, clothing, etc.!

Hardy are the dwarf-folk! Tongue


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