Who Said 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost'?

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Who Said 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost'?

There is no way that you would not have come across this beautiful saying that ‘not all who wander are lost’ and if you did you must have given a thought to it.

This golden quote holds a deep rooted meaning and can be interpreted in different ways.

Not All Who Wander Are Lost Quote Meaning

The quote emerged from a poem that was written by J. R. R. Tolkien for his fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. The poem is used to describe Aragorn who is the son of Arathorn. In the book, it is part of an important plot and can be explained in the following way

In the year 2951 of the Third Age Elrond Peredhil shares with a 20-year-old Aragorn II Elessar the knowledge of his bloodline and heritage as Chieftain of the Dúnedain. The Lord of the Rings Appendix B The Tale of Years says that “Aragorn goes out into the Wild.” Though it is in 2956 that Aragorn II Elessar meets Gandalf and gets inspired to begin his great journeys and errantries to Rohan, Gondor, Mordor and beyond. It is all due to the guidance of Elrond Peredhil and Gandalf that though Aragorn II Elessar’s wandering has a purpose. He wanders in order to really understand the geopolitical situation of Middle-earth and to accumulate all the important information, skills and knowledge that he needs to be a good King

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What Does The Quote 'Not All Who Wander Are Lost Mean?

The message that J. R. R. Tolkien is trying to give through this quote is that in order to discover and learn one must undertake a journey that will take him on a path that seldom treads upon. The seeker might feel that he is at times lost but this is exactly what is required for him to gain mastery over himself. The journey in itself, not the goal but the pathway to the desired result. You can choose to either walk on that path or stay ignorant forever.

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The Deeper Meaning Of Not All Who Wander Are Lost

This famous quote has layers of meaning and one can peel it further to delve deeper into the subconscious meaning of the quote. The mind and heart are always in a tug of war and it takes enormous courage and strength to truly wander and search for one's own true identity. The world sees such people as eccentric and lost but in truth, these are the ones who have truly found themselves.

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Are you a wanderer and a seeker or do you prefer to live life on safer shores? Share your feedback using the comment box below.

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