Wandering Feet

Literary Tattoos: The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien Elvish All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

This is Alicia’s.

I picked this quote because even though I’ll be a senior in college, I still don’t know what I want to do in life and this is a reminder that no matter where I go or what I do, I have a purpose. I may be wandering a while before I find exactly what I need but in the meantime I will enjoy the journey.

Literary Tattoos: The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien Elvish All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

This is Bree’s.

My favorite part of my tattoo is that it is written in Tengwar. The language is still English, but the script looks like Elvish.

Literary Tattoos: The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien Elvish All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

This one belongs to Dani Rage.

Literary Tattoos: The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien Elvish All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

This belongs to Lindis from Scotland.

I had the period added because for me the statement is something final. I got the tattoo to show that even though I do not really know where I want to end up, my Masters is a step in the right direction and I am not lost :) I wanted a typewriter font, because it feels more like an imprint on myself that way.. and it looks kickass :D And of course the location on the foot is pretty self-explanatory.

Literary Tattoos: The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien Elvish All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

This is Mandie‘s.

My tattoo is a rough Korean translation of “Not all who wander are lost” (J.R.R. Tolkien). I spent a semester studying in South Korea, and I’m actually moving back there for a job in a few weeks. Through that trip, I fell in love with both traveling and the country, and I wanted something to commemorate both. A lot of people don’t understand why I’m moving out of the U.S., to South Korea of all places (because of the political stuff going on there), so this kind of sums it up. The music note symbol underneath is actually the logo of the school I studied at when I was there last time.

Literary Tattoos: The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien Elvish All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

This is Skyler’s.

I got this, my first tattoo for my 18th birthday. To me, it means being an individual. Everyone in life does not have to go down the same paths or make the same “turns” so to speak. Sometimes, if the path that you are on in life is not taking you where you want to go, it is OK to just wander around until you find a path that fits you. Not fitting in, or being “different” than everyone else does not mean you are lost, it just means that you might not have found your right path in life yet, but you are having fun while you for the one that fits you.

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, from the The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Comments

  1. says

    They all look beautiful, my question concerns Bree’s tattoo. How was the pain and recovery time? I’m looking to get something very similar myself and was curious.

    • says

      It was my first tattoo, so I was too excited for it to hurt much. The pain got a bit bad up near the ankle, but I honestly don’t remember it being too much. Recovery time was also quick. I got the tat in winter and just wore socks and shoes after. I didn’t have any issues!

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