Does Gold have to Glitter?

This is one that I think several may have questions on. There is a poem from ‘Lord of The Rings’ that I would like you to consider for a moment.

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 wrote this and to this day there are those who don’t fully understand it.


To me it seems that he is trying to tell us that not everything is what it seems. A homeless person on the street could be many things: a veteran, a working person who lost everything in a divorce, a drug addict, a person who has a wonderful mind but doesn’t know how to explain what they see.

If you look at the world with open eyes and an open heart you might see there is more there than buildings and fancy dress. The people who chose to look for things, may see them in way that is different that what you do. I have seen younger people (20’s) who if you took their electronic devices away wouldn’t know how to do most things. I have seen people who have looked at me like I am out of time due to the fact that I don’t have a bluetooth in one ear and are talking on my cell phone a million miles a minute. I am not lost, I want to hear what is going on around me.


Another of J.R.R. Tolkien’s sayings that seems to hit home with me is: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” The problem is that at times we need to just wander. Just go for a walk, not because we forgot something at the store, not because we have to get the boss’s coffee, just go to a park and wander around. Watch the kids at play. Smell the air. Listen to the real world.


“What does your heart tell you? ” To me if you don’t listen to your heart, you’re missing what is important. A best friend may know when you are hurting even when you haven’t told anyone. A person in danger may find the strength to keep going.

Everything is a point of view. In the books ‘The Lord of the Rings’ the one thing that seems to repeat is that friendship is more important than many things. With friendship you can do anything, conquer the highest mountain or deepest cave, that friendship will be a light that can help you through.

“Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”

Be Careful of what you wish for or you may end up on a journey that you don’t understand.

All of the quotes from J.R.R Tolkien were gotten at


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