I love this poem from The Lord of the Rings, and I feel like not many people know that these two beautiful, often extrapolated quotes are lines A and B of a Tolkien poem. Tolkien was a Catholic, which is pervasive in his writing and this poem, in particular, but it obviously speaks to most of us about several universal things.
For me, the first 4 lines are about the value of what is not seen above all else, and how we must nurture these “intangibles” in ourselves.
- 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