The Riddle of Strider

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

This tattoo belongs to Patrick Kern.

This tattoo is taken from the first two lines of J.R.R Tolkien’s poem “The Riddle of Strider“. The lines are in Sindarin Tengwar, and they read “All that is gold does not glitter; Not all who wander are lost“. The poem describes the character of Aragorn, and his rise from an unknown Dunedein Ranger of the north, to the High King of Gondor (Thus, the crowned White Tree of Gondor in the center.)

deep roots are not reached by the frost

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

This was submitted by Ashley.

This is one of the last tattoos that I am doing in my training phase of being a tattoo artist. This Tolkein quote is on one of my very best friends, Kathryn :)

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.

- J.R.R. Tolkien

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.

LOTR Friends

These The Lord of the Rings tattoos belong to Ashlee and Nicole.  Nicole has the first part of the poem on her right arm, and Ashlee has the second part on her left arm.

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

- J. R. R. Tolkien

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.

not all those who wander are lost

This tattoo was submitted by Tirra.

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 poem was written for The Lord of the Rings and appears twice in The Fellowship of the Ring.  In Peter Jackson’s film adaptation, it appears in Return of the King.