Simply Walking into Mordor: How Much Lembas Would The Fellowship Need?

Simply Walking into Mordor: How Much Lembas Would The Fellowship Need?

By Skye Sonja Rosetti and Krisho Manoharan

Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics, Vol.4 (2015)

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Abstract: The Fellowship of the Ring were supposed to travel from Imraldis to the forges of Mt. Doom in order to destroy the One Ring of Sauron. For an ideal journey with all 9 members of the fellowship, using the metabolic rates for each species from, the total calorific consumption of the 92-day journey was found to be 1,780,214.59 kcal. If the elves of Imraldis had provided the Fellowship with lembas, this would equate to them having to carry a total of 675 pieces, or 75 pieces each. For the different species, this equates to 304 for the hobbits, 214 for Gandalf, Aragorn and Boromir; 99 for Gimli and 60 for Legolas.

Introduction: The One Ring is one of the darkest and most powerful artefacts in Middle Earth. It was created in the fires of Mount Doom by the dark lord Sauron in an attempt to gain control over the other 19 Rings of Power and thus, rule over all of Middle Earth. Sauron concentrated part of himself into the ring such that defeating him requires that the One Ring be cast into the fires from whence it was forged. This was a task set to a hobbit and his eight companions.

The fellowship consisted of four hobbits (Peregrin Took, Meriadoc Brandybuck, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee), the Dúnedain ranger Aragorn, Boromir of the race of men, the Istari Gandalf, dwarrow Gimli and the elf Legolas Greenleaf. During their travels, the fellowship were given Lembas (Waybread) at Lothlórien, an elvish bread preserved in a leaf wrap. Lembas was said to ‘keep a traveller on his feet for a day of long labour’.

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