not all those who wander are lost

Literary Tattoos: The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien 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.

All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter by J. R. R. Tolkien

This is Danielle’s tattoo:

I began reading the Lord of the Rings at the age of 9 and while, at that age, it took me quite a while to finish the books, I fell in love with Middle Earth. Since then it’s been a yearly tradition to set some time out for myself and read the books to immerse myself in a world that I love so much. My attraction to the quote, while based largely on my love for Tolkien, is also based on the significance of the words to my own life. For many years of my life, especially as a teenager, there was nowhere that I felt I belonged. It wasn’t until I got older that I didn’t /have/ to belong anywhere, that I could just /be/. I’m not lost, I’m just wandering.


  1. says

    I know the person that owns this tattoo! I've never watched the movies nor read the books but I do love this tattoo and this quote. :)


  2. nieninque says

    Love it love it love it! I also started reading the books when I was nine and it is my pleasure to read them again and again, and that is my favourite poem in it next to the song of Beren and Luthien Aragorn sings. When I started thinking of getting a tattoo, I never doubted that I'd get a Middle Earth oriented one and ended up getting Tolkien's original drawing of Smaug from The Hobbit's first edition. It is actually in this site somewhere.Nice to see another person who shares my deep affection for the world of Tolkien.

  3. Shanyn says

    I am not usually a big fan of the foot tattoo, but I really like this one. The font is bold and the line works really well on you foot.

  4. alanna says

    Im about to get a foot tatto myself, jsut wondering if youve had any problems with it wearing off? Its beautiful by the way


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