This is a foolish inconsistency that has always nagged at me. In Book 1 Chapter 10 ("Strider"), we read: "Weathertop?" said Sam. "What's that?" "It is a hill [said Strider], just to the north of the Road, about half way from here [Bree] to Rivendell..." Then in Chapter 11 ("A Knife In The Dark"): By night they had reached the feet of the westward slopes [referring to Weathertop], and there they camped. It was the night of the fifth of October, and they were six days out from Bree. And later in the same chapter, still at Weathertop: "How far is Rivendell?" asked Merry, gazing round wearily. "I don't know if the road has ever been measured in miles beyond the Forsaken Inn, a day's journey east of Bree," answered Strider... "But I know how long it would take me on my own two feet, with fair weather and no ill fortune: twelve days from here to the Ford of Bruinen, where the Road crosses the Loudwater that runs out of Rivendell." Aragorn is no dope, and has traveled a lot, but even I know that six days to and twelve days from is hardly "halfway". What am I missing?