JRRT was no stranger to military hardships, but I wonder if the way the Fellowship traveled can withstand a fact check from other outdoor experts. The Fellowship traveled from Rivendell to Lothlórien from 25/12 to 17/1. Even with 1 pony, I was wondering how 9 companions can go on marching on foot without fresh food supplies for 23 days. Apart from carrying food, there was gear like weapons, clothes, camping and cooking stuff to lug along. Is this possible? Also, they traveled at night in uninhabited lands and distrusted paths ("Paths were few and winding, and led them often only to the edge of some sheer fall, or down into treacherous swamps"). If the night is pitch-dark, then Aragorn's asserted knowledge ("who knew this land even in the dark") sounds a little empty. With no paths and marching at night, what's the probability that no one of the 9 breaks his legs in the dark ("The country was much rougher and more barren") during 23 night marches? Not to question how they kept a sense of direction ("Ragged clouds were hurrying overhead, dark and low."). Do we have some outdoor experts here, who can offer us an evaluation whether this looks possible or not?