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All that is gold does not glitter

Type: Songs & Stories

Other Names: The Riddle of Strider

Description:

A verse written by Bilbo Baggins in honor of Aragorn; quoted by Bilbo at the Council of Elrond, and by Gandalf in his letter to Frodo:
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.
'Not very good perhaps, but to the point....' He sat down with a snort.

'I made that up myself,' he whispered to Frodo, 'for the Dúnadan, a long time ago when he first told me about himself.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 2, The Council of Elrond

PPS. Make sure that it is the real Strider. There are many strange men on the roads. His true name is Aragorn.
All that is gold does not glitter....

From Gandalf's letter to Frodo
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 10, Strider

Contributors: ~Nessime 15Jul03
Elena Tiriel 15Jul07

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