Song of ARagorn
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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 takes the opportunity here to improve upon Shakespeare. In The Merchant of Venice the line is that “all that glisters is not gold.”
If you are familiar with The Lord of the Rings, then you know that this poem describes Aragorn, the long lost heir to the Kings of Gondor and Arnor, a major protagonist of the story. Despite a high royal lineage, he disguises himself for most of his life as as Ranger. With that in mind, the first four lines tell…
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