Not all those who wander are lost
This quote made a huge impact on me as a teenager. At the time, it didn't make the sense it does today but all the same it got me thinking.
We all remember how it felt to be a mis-understood teen, with the world against us. I certainly remember how I felt. That I didn't fit in. That most other's ideals were not my own. Tolkien's words built a nest around my turbulent youth and in just that one sentence, he told me that it was okay to be different, that my vacancy and individuality was nothing to be ashamed of. Today - I now understand fully that there are no ideals, except our own.
“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, The Fellowship of the Ring
As with many authors, Tolkien was ahead of his time. And deeply rooted within those twined words of wisdom from both the good and bad forces, are many messages that ring true.
I sometimes wonder if an author, a writer, a philosopher of life - has an insight to another world, that others do not see. Whether that be with the waking eye or with eyes that delve into places most call dreams.
Either way, if you get a chance to read - The Lord of the Rings again, or for the first time...look a little further, dig between the wisdom in his words and hopefully there you will find the treasure that I believe a true, great author stows away - in the hope that it will be discovered.