Not All Those Who Wander are Lost Bumper StickerYou may have seen this bumper sticker, or one like it, on a car in front of you before.  You might have thought it was just some responsibility-bucking hippie proverb, or some quasi-intellectual axiom conjured by some modern pop-philosopher.  It is neither.  This quote comes from a great little poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I came across this poem while reading the Fellowship of the Ring again last night.  I love the whole Lord of the Rings series, and I am enjoying reading through it again.  Here is this quote in its context:

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.

Of course this poem refers to Aragorn, whom the hobbits have just met at the Prancing Pony at this point in the book.

Aragorn Looking Tough in the Prancing PonyIf you have not read the Lord of the Rings series, you need to.  It is part of the core of works that makes up cultural literacy. The weather is awful, so go read a book.

Until later friends…