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Travellers take an evasive route through the Chetwood

Event Type: General

Age: 3rd Age - Ring War

Dates: September 30, 3018 ~ October 2, 3018


An event in Frodo's Departure from the Shire and in the prelude to the Attack on the Camp at Weathertop; see either entry for an overview.
'I shall try to get lost as soon as possible. I know one or two ways out of Bree-land other than the main road. If once we shake off the pursuit, I shall make for Weathertop.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 10, Strider

30 September 3018

[Strider's] plan, as far as they could understand it without knowing the country, was to go towards Archet at first, but to bear right and pass it on the east, and then to steer as straight as he could over the wild lands to Weathertop Hill. In that way they would, if all went well, cut off a great loop of the Road, which further on bent southwards to avoid the Midgewater Marshes....

[In] the meanwhile, walking was not unpleasant. Indeed, if it had not been for the disturbing events of the night before, they would have enjoyed this part of the journey better than any up to that time.... The woods in the valley were still leafy and full of colour, and seemed peaceful and wholesome. Strider guided them confidently among the many crossing paths.... He was taking a wandering course with many turns and doublings, to put off any pursuit.

'Bill Ferny will have watched where we left the Road, for certain,' he said; 'though I don't think he will follow us himself. He... knows he is not a match for me in a wood. It is what he may tell others that I am afraid of. I don't suppose they are far away. If they think we have made for Archet, so much the better.'

Whether because of Strider's skill or for some other reason, they saw no sign and heard no sound of any other living thing all that day....

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

1 October 3018

The next day they began to steer a steady course eastwards; and still all was quiet and peaceful.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

2 October 3018

On the third day out from Bree they came out of the Chetwood.... They were far beyond the borders of the Bree-land, out in the pathless wilderness, and drawing near to the Midgewater Marshes.

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark

Elena Tiriel 21Jun08

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