Happy Tolkien Reading Day!
Since many people won’t have time to read an entire Tolkien book today, I’ve decided to share a poem, so all of you are covered! This poem is from The Lord of the Rings and, in the book, was written by Bilbo about Aragorn.
“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.”
(Tolkien 2004, 170).
The second line, “Not all those who wander are lost,” has been popular these days on prints, canvases, and journals. I actually have the quote hanging up in my room! If you don’t know what the quote is from, it sounds deep and trendy, but really it’s just a small sign of my literary nerdiness.
If you want to read some more Tolkien, but don’t want to dive into a large volume, check out his children’s work! Mr. Bliss is about a man in a tall hat who has a pet girabbit (giraffe/rabbit). It’s hilarious! The copy I read included Tolkien’s original writing and illustrations. Roverandum is also adorable! It’s about a real dog who was turned into a toy dog by an angry wizard. In his attempt to find someone to change him back, the dog travels far, including to the moon and under the sea!
There’s also The Hobbit! If you haven’t read the book yet, it’s a lot simpler and less action-packed than the movie, but it’s more magical. Last Christmas, I received this gorgeous copy from my brother. I love it!
I just heard about Tolkien reading day last year, and if you’re just finding out about it, check out my post from last year to learn more!
Tolkien, J.R.R. 2004. The Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.