Saturday, July 18, 2015

Quote for the day


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, Lord of the Rings


All that is gold does not glitter,
A variant and rearrangement of the proverb "All that glitters is not gold", known primarily fromShakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, resulting in a proposition bearing a completely different meaning: Aragorn is vastly more important than he looks. 

Not all those who wander are lost;
The second line emphasises the importance of the Rangers, suspiciously viewed as wanderers or vagabonds by those the Rangers actually protect from evil.

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;
Lines three and four emphasise the endurance of Aragorn's royal lineage, while five and six emphasizes its renewal. They can also be seen to represent a spark of hope during a time of despair and danger.

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
Line seven refers to the sword Narsil.

The crownless again shall be king
Line eight foreshadows Aragorn's rise to be king of kingless Gondor and vanished Arnor.



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