Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

kinnon —  December 23, 2005 — 2 Comments

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.

J.R.R. Tolkien from the Fellowship of the Ring

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

2 responses to Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

  1. This is the unofficial motto of our scout troop. It has a lot to do with the wanderings of their scoutmaster. “Oh, let’s look at this lovely overlook!” Or, as I often say, “I may not be where I want to be, but I’m not lost.” Adventure is where you find it.
    Good quote.

  2. This is one of the deeper quotes that I have ever read. It struck a chord in me when I first read the trilogy and whenever I hear “all that glitters isn’t gold”, I am brought back to this thinking again. Why? Over and over I experience the truth of the statement. What seems to be promising turns often into pennies while what initially seems like pennies turns into great rewards. Working with rebellious high schol students, devoting R&D time to a small upstart company, saying “Merry Christmas” to the day-laborer all seem like they would return very little, but the richest rewards come when these people and companies do something great and involve you in their success.


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