Not All Who Wander are Lost

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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,
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.

– JRR Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

If you’d like a fan-faction breakdown, the site has a wonderful deep dive. In part, it explains, “The basic analysis of the verse is Aragorn, while behaving against the customs of the larger society, is unwittingly being molded for greatness. From the perspective of the world, he is wandering aimlessly in the wilderness, while truthfully, he is strengthening his character. . . he serves as an example of the person meandering down a path less traveled in attempt to know themselves better, and to understand their place in the world. He has an inner calling that he cannot describe.” September 22, 2017

If you’d like my breakdown, I’ve always felt like a wanderer. I grow, change, and travel to places I never dreamed, and can never think of returning to what I left behind.

Much is like that of our recent travel to Hawaii. I have many images in my Instagram feed, as well as on my Traveling with Children feed {also on Instagram}, but the feeling of freedom I get while traveling is not matched. When home too long, I feel caged, I need to escape – feel the wind on my face and the path I’m blazing before me.

When we talk about Hawaii, I found after traveling there for nearly a month last year, in 2018, all of my allergy symptoms disappeared – I was able to move, breathe, and feel the most ‘normal’ I have in many years – certainly since my cancer scare.

I hope to get all my travels up on my blog for my own enjoyment, and I hope yours too. For now, I embrace the freedom of the road less traveled* – one of my favorites among my favorite of Robert Robert Frost poetry.

It has made all the difference


Are you taking the road less traveled?

*The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

7 thoughts on “Not All Who Wander are Lost

  1. “I took the road less travelled . . . And that has made all the difference.” Frost’s poems are always my favorite. Partially I think b/c much of what he says is so applicable in the modern worked, at any time in history. I enjoyed your connection of the JRR Tolkien quote about Aragorn and modern life. Amazed that you felt so much better in Hawaii, that you could breathe clearly etc. I think too sometimes we have to break away from the Mold of our usual activity and life to learn new things, gain character, and more stories and (hopefully) wisdom to share with others in our stories. One day I would like to travel much more. But I also know that eventually, one day can’t always just be “one day” that it has to happen and sometimes there’s never a right time. Wonderful post and connection between Frost, Tolkien, and your own travels.

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