J.R.R. Tolkien smiles and smokes his pipe.“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.”

—from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

One thought on “Born on this Day: J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. As a Christian Tolkien fan I find myself often remembering this melancholy observation: “Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.”

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