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The Hobbits Adventure to Narnia

December 3, 2010

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. His name was Bilbo Baggins, but this tale isn’t about him. This tale is about the adventures of Samwise and his friends.

Samwise's friends; Frodo, Pippin and Gandalf

Samwise, Merry, Pippin, Frodo and Gandalf awoke to a cold and snowy morning at a time not known to many. They were about to set out on a long, possibly perilous journey, and it would no doubt be fraught with danger. They were going on a journey from their home in Dorsetshire to a Shire far far away to the east, in the land of Kent. These little hobbits had been doing so much work on the Dorsetshire Wildlife Trust reserves that they needed a magical Christmasy trip as a reward. To be in keeping with their line of work, the deer park at Eridge was the place to be.

Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.

Some may say they were reckless to go on such a long journey in the snow, but they were not afraid, and they were kitted up with every possible emergency supply. After stopping for second breakfast at the holy trinity of service stations, the adventurers set forth again on their journey. The other fellow travellers on the roads were all very polite in the wintry conditions, all single lane down the motorway, and at one point it was pointed out that ‘Lanes, where we’re going we don’t need lanes’ was the quote needed for the occassion.

They went where no one else had ventured

In Surrey, a curious thing happened; the party came across a magical wardrobe (aka the M25) and through this they found Narnia, and even more snow and prettiness than the shire they had left. The trees all glistened with snow, and the snow was at least a foot deep. They also possibly saw a glimpse of Mr Tumnus through the trees. The White Witch had obviously already been defeated as they saw many signs of places where Santa Claus would be visiting, so that was a relief.

Christmasy

The hobbits and wizard finally made it to Eridge, the biggest and oldest deer park in the land. The blankets of snow unwalked on were so tempting and inviting. They journeyed on firstly to the legendary Two Towers, built to make the view from the castle look pretty; Cair Paravel,where the Kings and Queens of Narnia live.

Barad-dûr from Mordor and Orthanc from Isengard united at last in Narnia

Then they entered the secret entrance into the deer park to go in search of deer. They walked over hill and under hill and the walk was tiring as the snow was up to their knees. There is nothing like looking if you want to find something. You will certainly usually find something if you look, but it’s not always quite the something you were after. This was certainly true, they came across a couple of hares scampering away to safety.

It was a wee bit deep

But they found what they were looking for; 2 herds of Fallow deer on a hill with confused young running between them, some Formosan Sika running along a field, and then a group of Fallow feeding. It made the difficult terrain worth it. They spent some time watching the feeding Fallow, but before long they became cold again, so ventured onwards.

Bingo

Then up into the hills they went, and found Sika deer hiding under the low trees to keep themselves warm from the bitter cold. Although some struggled and felt they’d never make it,  there was deep magic around, more powerful than any of us. It oversaw all their destinies and pushed them onwards.

Some of the hobbits found the hill tough going; they only have little legs after all.

On their way back to their trusty steads they passed a lovely frozen pond, ice glistening on the top and snow lined edges.

Magical

Their travel home also went without incident as they followed Aslan (snow plough) home along the A21 and then once out of Narnia he left them to make their own way home. Luckily they didn’t encounter the Dark Lord Sauron, and instead found sustenance on the opposite side of the holy trinity of service stations.

There are many stories of Narnia. The is just one to be told.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Ali permalink
    December 3, 2010 5:20 pm

    An epic day. An epic blog. thank you becky

  2. Shelley permalink
    December 3, 2010 5:56 pm

    What a magical day! Love the blog…very funny! Hope to see you all sometime soon 🙂

  3. Steve permalink*
    December 3, 2010 8:43 pm

    Well done Hobbits, glad to see you all enjoyed, and survived, your adventure. A well deserved day out. Now – get on with the nestboxes! 😉

  4. Rachel permalink
    December 6, 2010 9:42 pm

    You went to see a pond! I am so proud of you guys……xx

  5. December 9, 2010 5:32 pm

    That was some journey to see the deer, are you sure that wasn’t Lapland and reindeer?

  6. Judith permalink
    December 11, 2010 10:14 pm

    Fantastic blog and amazing photos. I was one of those who thought you were all a bit mad to venture out that day but it looks and sounds like it was well worth it.

  7. George Beaver permalink
    December 16, 2010 9:57 pm

    What a wonderful tale. I’m pleased you didn’t get harassed by the moody highland cow 🙂

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