Day 3: A poem that comforts you

Loved it the moment I read it.

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 second lines my favourite. On some days, it’s even my wallpaper.

Ps: Just so you know, it was a toss-up between this and the Sunscreen song – Even though the latter is strictly more of a piece of prose.

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7 thoughts on “Day 3: A poem that comforts you

  1. Jerry, yeah. You sent it to me!

    Haren, you can read it in two ways. This is originally from the LOTR. So you can read it in context to that, in which case that line refers to Gandalf’s endurance or Aragorn’s lineage.

    OR you can take the poem in isolation and interpret it – I’m guessing the line would then mean that those who are exceptionally resilient and strong withstand the ordinary trappings that age brings about (not physically but emotionally)

    Hope that helped 🙂

  2. It does help, thanks!
    i think it is interesting because i began to notice how ‘comforting’ means different synonyms to different people. to you, it seems to mean ‘reassurance’, ‘strengthening’ or ’emboldening’ to others…
    And made me think about what it means to me, and even though I can’t think of the synonym, I suspect it is captured somewhere here

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