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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

(3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973 / Orange Free State)

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All That is Gold Does Not Glitter



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Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Oxford University Press HarperCollins Houghton Mifflin   Christopher Tolkien

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  • Dillon M (3/4/2012 12:08:00 PM)

    @ Yasmin A
    Just so ya know Tolkein wrote Lord of the Rings, and while, yes, your interpretation is true, that is only if you are taking it literrally with the context in the books. However, you must consider that Tolkien may have intended for this poem to have more than one meaning that is not confined to the context of Lord of the Rings, which is to say that all the other interpretations could be correct as well. (Report) Reply

  • Anita Trivedi (4/23/2010 2:02:00 AM)

    Its title itself is so beutiful and so the whole poem....... its really beutiful.............. (Report) Reply

  • Sylva Portoian (2/22/2010 3:02:00 AM)

    All that is gold, does not glitter,
    A very old an common proverb
    Said by many ethnicities
    Knowing four languages
    I heard it many times
    As if I'm counting my hair.

    The rhyme of this poem says a lot
    more than a gold. (Report) Reply

  • Joey Valenzuela (1/6/2010 9:59:00 PM)

    tolkien is just talking about realities...many poets have done so....but this is much good though...

    tolkien really is a son of literature.... (Report) Reply

  • Kay Mohamed (1/1/2010 9:38:00 AM)

    Beautiful. So true, there is more to what our eyes see often than not. And the beauty is seeing it. (Report) Reply

  • Sara S (11/27/2009 1:26:00 PM)

    this is my favorite poem of his I think... i just love it. I love all of his works actually, or all that I've read! but this is my favorite poem of his even though it's short.. (Report) Reply

  • Jen Capaldi (10/10/2009 12:28:00 AM)

    this man had an amazing mind and outlook on life; his own life and the life of his children, the lives of the people that have lived and died on this earth and the lives he created throughout middle earth and their such individual and unforgettable personalities that brought him into all of our homes and made him a common and unforgettable name and not just the most famous of his beloved middle earth tales- The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy but also in the little known srories of middle earth- The Children of Hurin and The Silmarillion and many more short stories, and the lives he created in his other books such as Sir Gwain and the Green Knight, Pearl and Sir Orfeo (long title but one book) that captures another beloved story handed down through the ages King Arthur and the Holy Grail Quest. A story that continues to enrapture us and authors to this day and i'm sure for many years to come. And so many more. But his beloved Middle Earth... this man dedicated so many years of his life to making this as real of a place as the earth we live on as well as it's characters, even creating several languages to befit elves, dwarves, the enchanted trees like the endeared Treebeard, the language of his wizards and on the other end of the spectrum orcs, the Uruk-Hai, and of course the darkest of them all The dark Lord of Mordor. Middle Earth much different from our world but much the same too, without darkness there can be no light, there are heros and villains alike, and as he puts it though out of order....Not all those who wander are lost, From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring, and of course so true.....All that is gold does not glitter. shall he ever remain in our hearts and our minds which he so devotedly captivated. i read his books as a child and so i shall pass his treasured stories down to my own son. may this master of word be forever remebered.....for his insight was great and his ideas, words and stories be remebered forever in the halls of the great writers and philosophers like Homer and Plato and many more for many eons to come. (Report) Reply

  • Opeyemi Aro (8/9/2009 1:15:00 AM)

    Great lines. It's never good to conclude about things or human until you experience what they have in stock. Mind checking out my poems too, don't forget to comment. (Report) Reply

  • Teresa Gregg (7/26/2009 11:55:00 PM)

    never asume that what you first see is all there is.most everything and everyone is more than what most of us see, until we learn to look deeper, one mans trash...anothers treasure. 'all that is gold does not glitter... (Report) Reply

  • Life Poem (6/15/2009 1:31:00 PM)

    He is talking common sense.
    A beautiful, witty, common sense.
    How we have to look at life, and how we can't.
    Great piece (Report) Reply

  • Abby Wall (5/8/2009 2:32:00 PM)

    I agree. Although Tolkein wrote about his own world, middle earth, he reflected our world in everything he did and said. Almost every poem and line in his brilliant book reveal amazing lessons to learn.
    x (Report) Reply

  • Yelena M. (4/29/2009 3:40:00 PM)

    ...And those wandering in darkness may find a great light.
    Tolkien was one of those who discovered a Graal of pure light on planet Earth.A wisdom revealed.
    A. (Report) Reply

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