September 16, 2009

things aren’t always what they seem

by arthurstewart
Categories: Arthur, God, sabbatical
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Comments: 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. Tolkein

I have never read any of Tolkein’s books… my son has.  I came across a piece of this poem today – “not all those who wander are lost” – which I LOVE and found it in this poem from The Lord of the Rings.  Awesome, eh!  This resonates with me as I think about my sabbatical (except for the king bit in the last line – don’t want you to think I’m overly-ambitious.  But I like the restoration theme nonetheless).


  1. Steve Hayes says:

    Perhaps you’ll find time on your Sabbatical to read the rest of the book :-)

  2. My good friend had a custom bumper sticker put on her car with that line, “Not all those who wander are lost.” Makes me smile.

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