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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


All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
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Oxford University Press HarperCollins Houghton Mifflin   Christopher Tolkien

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  • Tim Worden (1/2/2007 4:05:00 PM)

    I really like this poem......i seem to remember Bilbo saying part of it at the House of Elrond in the Fellowship of the Ring....... (Report) Reply

  • Cheri Mackey (10/26/2006 11:28:00 AM)

    your poem is a wonderful example of life today. Meaning everything you get or recieve charish it dont be ungrateful for nothing. and dont let your miscellaneous problems such as: Jewery, clothing-name brand, Fly cars, etc. Everyone that seems happy are more less the miserable. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/20/2006 12:44:00 PM)

    In life, not everything is as it appears. Some things are not appearant at all, but they hold the most value, like roots they remain unseen or unnoticed. No glitter, just gold... kind of like this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Shepherd (7/3/2006 5:34:00 AM)

    ? How can it be a platitude? They're saying different things i.e. tinsel, or chrome-plate, glitters, but isn't gold / a golden heart doesn't 'glitter'. OK? (Report) Reply

  • J C (6/9/2006 2:26:00 PM)

    Yep, the quote is right 'All that is gold does not glitter' is Tolkien

    'All that glitters is not gold' is >>SHAKESPEARE<< LOL!
    It's from The Merchant of Venice I think. There may be others that have said it as well because it seems like quite a platitude.

    I love this Tolkien poem. Its strikes some archetypical symbolic cord with me. (Report) Reply

  • Mike Dunn (5/30/2006 9:55:00 PM)

    The symbology may run much deeper than the Lord of the Rings trilogy. What Tolkein may have been communicating (my interpretation) is that there are things that are so much more valuable than the 'glitter' that many men chase.

    I also believe he may be making reference to his Christian roots - 'The crownless again shall be king, ' possibly speaking of the prophecy of Christ's return to reign on earth. (Many know King Aragorn as this symbol as well.)

    This is an excellent, simple poem that is very inspiring and motivating. I hope everyone can enjoy the power of the words without worrying too deeply about the symbology. (Report) Reply

  • Amber Mutt (5/12/2006 3:28:00 PM)

    how can you be so stupid? asdas asdasd is right. the first line is perfectly fine. it´s what he mean´t to say and he couldn´t have said it clearer (Report) Reply

  • Asdas Asdasd (3/29/2006 4:01:00 PM)

    Nothing is wrong with the firs line! omg...
    Its a symbol of king Aragorn who is king even thoug he doesnt look like one! He is 'gold' even if he doesnt 'glitter'...see? (Report) Reply

  • Holly Fredrickson (11/6/2005 6:08:00 PM)

    ' the first line of this poem is wrong it's suppose to be

    'Not all that glitters is gold' '


    Actually, no. (Report) Reply

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