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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,
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Oxford University Press HarperCollins Houghton Mifflin   Christopher Tolkien


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  • Jawad Al Harake (5/28/2012 6:35:00 AM)

    Short but very strong and expressing, I liked so much! ! !

    12 person liked.
    7 person did not like.
  • Dillon M (3/4/2012 12:08:00 PM)

    @ Yasmin A
    Just so ya know Tolkein wrote Lord of the Rings, and while, yes, your interpretation is true, that is only if you are taking it literrally with the context in the books. However, you must consider that Tolkien may have intended for this poem to have more than one meaning that is not confined to the context of Lord of the Rings, which is to say that all the other interpretations could be correct as well.

  • Manonton Dalan (2/2/2012 8:32:00 PM)

    he could have been talking about south africa.

  • Nina F (6/13/2010 10:54:00 AM)

    small but cool...^^ i loved it

  • Anita Trivedi (4/23/2010 2:02:00 AM)

    Its title itself is so beutiful and so the whole poem....... its really beutiful..............

  • Samuel Naser (2/27/2010 6:43:00 PM)

    i love this poem i always have.

  • Sylva Portoian (2/22/2010 3:02:00 AM)

    All that is gold, does not glitter,
    A very old an common proverb
    Said by many ethnicities
    Knowing four languages
    I heard it many times
    As if I'm counting my hair.

    The rhyme of this poem says a lot
    more than a gold.

  • Joey Valenzuela (1/6/2010 9:59:00 PM)

    tolkien is just talking about realities...many poets have done so....but this is much good though...

    tolkien really is a son of literature....

  • Kay Mohamed (1/1/2010 9:38:00 AM)

    Beautiful. So true, there is more to what our eyes see often than not. And the beauty is seeing it.

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (12/4/2009 4:54:00 AM)

    Beautiful, golden poetry so rich in relevant meaning, so flawless in meter and rhyme. Perfect mastery.

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