Awesome LOTR infographic maps out complete Middle-earth quest

Watching all three Lord of the Rings movies in one sitting is a testament to fan devotion and an ability to sit: The extended versions clock in at 682 minutes of run time—more than 11 hours' worth of hobbits, elves and men on a quest to poke out the disembodied eye of Sauron.

But for those of you who don't have the time, you can get the gist of it in one image.

This infographic, created by JT Fridsma and posted on Fast Company's Co.Design, tracks the appearance and journey of each of Lord of the Rings' main characters on a minute-by-minute basis. It also plots their courses on a map. The result is a sparse yet striking image.

In "reality," it took J.R.R. Tolkien three books (plus appendices) to chronicle Frodo and friends' journeys from Hobbiton to Mordor, which, according to more exacting fans, took five and a half months.

Check it out:


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