Strider's Poem

Every new year I go through a ritual of sorts by watching the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy over the course of several successive weekends. (This year, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey got placed first in the queue, of course.) There is much to love about Peter Jackson's epic masterpiece, but the best thing about it, by far, has got to be the faithful manner in which he adapted the Master's work to the big screen- an almost impossible undertaking, if you think about it.

And speaking of the Master's work, here is a prime example of it:
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.
This was written by Bilbo in honour and praise of the hidden King of Gondor, Aragorn. It identifies him to the hobbits in Bree when they meet him, and it remains a singularly beautiful piece of poetry.


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