How many strides from Hobbiton to Mordor?

Tabitha Miranda Rosie WATSON


This paper uses ratios in order to determine the number of strides an average sized hobbit would have to take to complete the journey from Hobbiton to Mount Doom. It was found that an average human male is approximately 1.7 times taller than the average hobbit, making a hobbit’s stride length around 46 centimetres. This value was then applied to the distance between the start and end points of the quest, showing that the hobbit would be required to take a grand total of 4870433 strides to complete the journey.


Book; Film; Physics; Biomechanics; Tolkien; Middle Earth

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