Not all those who wander are lost
Frodo felt Bilbo stir impatiently at his side. Evidently he was annoyed on his friend’s behalf. Standing suddenly up he burst out:
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.
Variations on a Theme
This poem appears twice in “The Fellowship of the Ring,” once towards the beginning, in Gandalf’s letter introducing Aragorn to Frodo, and again, spoken by Bilbo during The Council of Elrond.
I like the juxtaposition of “not all who wander are lost,” deep roots untouched by frost, and a greater destiny. Logically, wandering and roots don’t seem like they should be connected, but in real life wandering will happen and can be part of growth.