How very selfish of the Company to make the route I wanted to take impassable! Following the route religiously would have had me leaving the 21st Hall straight in to the place of Balin’s Tomb. Unfortunately however I couldn’t manage to scale the rubble! Instead I was forced to take a long walk through Moria, battling Orcs, Goblins and Wargs every few footsteps.
As if that lengthened route wasn’t enough, I was also unable to stroll along the bridge of Khazad-dum due to the little matter of Gandalf’s battle with the balrog. However, I couldn’t leave this place without witnessing the fantastic view from the ruins of the bridge. I did find myself feeling a little nervous with that gaping void below me!
It was with great pleasure that I left Moria and at last could witness some proper sunlight again. I passed through the Dimril Dale and made my way to the outskirts of Lothlorien. Throughout the whole of Middle Earth that I have witnessed, nothing can prepare you for the spectacular beauty that the golden wood presents. Luckily for me, I have befriended the elves already (I know a few adventurers that have fallen foul of their arrows as they attempted to enter the woods uninvited) and Haldir and company welcomed me with open arms.