Ok, I could save this until Exploring the Lord of the Rings finally gets to "The Ring Goes South" but, since that will take at least a year I decided to ask now instead. I put it here cause I don't want to clutter up the "Exploring" forum with something so far ahead. The Fellowship's decision to travel by night when they leave Rivendell has always bugged me. We know that so many of Sauron's servants (orcs, wolves, nigh flying birds, the Nazgul) can see either just as well or even better at night, while all the members of the Fellowship are diurnal creatures. Why in the heck would you place yourself so firmly in the realm where your enemy is strongest and you are weakest? Also, Peter Jackson seems to agree with me, since his Gandalf tells Frodo to "Travel only by day"