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sorry to be pedantic, but the actual quote from Tolkien's epic is Not all those who wander are lost and it is constantly misquoted...

end of pedantic outburst :-)

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Jan 17th, 2008 at 09:01:41 PM EST
Didn't read Tolkien, but found myself thinking "Surely at least ONE wanderer is lost."

Great to hear good news about good people, makes things brighter for everyone.

Karen in Austin

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Fri Jan 18th, 2008 at 12:18:31 AM EST
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<heh!!>I actually never knew that this was a Tolkien quote, even though I love his writing!! But, it does make sense that this was the source of this quote, for where I saw it was as a Deadhead bumper sticker on an old VW van...back in the day when the Grateful Dead were still playing and we were still wandering. <sigh>
Anyway, good catch de anander, and I have updated my diary title!!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Jan 18th, 2008 at 04:13:17 AM EST
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Pity, I preferred the shorter version ;) (Tolkien always was long-winded).

Hi Bob, and very glad to hear your news.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 18th, 2008 at 04:18:00 AM EST
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he could have done with a good editor. there's 100 pages in the middle of his epic that need chopping out through being far too dull.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jan 18th, 2008 at 05:33:36 AM EST
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it's a nice bit of verse actually:

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...

the opening line particularly with its twist on the old English folksaying "all that glitters is not gold", is rather fetching, and I personally have an affection for half-rhymes like "glitter/wither" in English verse.  Tolkien had a facility with metric verse (an unkind carping critic might mutter "doggerel", but imho unfairly) comparable to Kipling's...

... and that tradition comes home to "serious" verse with Auden, probably by a narrow margin and out of a wide field my favourite of the English poets -- and thence down to modern times in the bitter work of Larkin, another favourite...

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Fri Jan 18th, 2008 at 12:33:15 PM EST
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Then I'll concede this one - I'd forgotten it was from verse (last reading of TLOTR 1968...), and he does do it well.

And how I like Auden and Larkin!

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jan 18th, 2008 at 01:29:13 PM EST
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