Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost – Tolkien

Posted: 2nd August 2012 by admin in Uncategorized

 Note: Comments are from Michael Pollock

Love that poem and the what the character, Aragorn, stands for- a person who stands to inherit much, yet makes his own way for a time in part to protect those he would one day lead and in part out of his own fear of failing to live up to his calling…

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.[1]
Perhaps many (all) people experience that time of wandering. In Aragorn’s case it was not because he was evil (the other way to see the word ‘lost’) nor was he aimless. He was on a mission himself, leading the Dunedain in his own way and seeking to prove his own character. That was good for a time but he was made for more than that. Good lesson, methinks.
  1. Anonymous says:

    I wish I had read this earlier! I might have written a song! 🙂
    Maybe I will anyway!