You 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.
Until later friends…