The famous quote amongst varied communities: artists, travelers, entrepreneurs and people who just follow unbeaten tracks; "Not all those who wander are lost", is actually taken from a poem The Riddle of Strider by Bilbo Baggins in honour of Aragorn, written when Aragorn first revealed his true identity to Bilbo.
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.
The poem is first given in the letter left for Frodo by Gandalf in Bree. In that letter, it appears as part of a postscript reminding Frodo to make sure that the "Strider" he meets is "the real Strider". The poem thus appears in that context as a means of identifying Aragorn. Aragorn indeed later quotes the first two lines, not knowing the poem is in the letter, and this does help to confirm his identity. Bilbo himself recites the poem at the Council of Elrond when Boromir expresses doubts about Aragorn's claim to be the Heir of Isildur.
🎨💟 : Strider (Aragorn) by kimberly80, Deviant Art .
Different in strengthening properties and generally more pleasant than its brother cram, made by Men to keep them going in the wild, lembas was a special kind of waybread baked by the Elves alone. The name lembas is a Sindarin one: it's derived from an older version lenn-mbass meaning “journey-bread”. As the name implies, one could and needed to eat it on long journeys when there was no other food to support a traveller or if one’s life was in peril after receiving a hurt. .
Originally lembas came from Yavanna from a special kind of corn that she grew in Aman. The Eldar first received in from Oromë at the beginning of their journey from Middle-earth to the Undying Lands, and later they learnt to make it themselves. The Eldar grew the corn for lembas on closed glades: it grew swiftly, in any season and did not need much sun, but was susceptible to the winds from the North at the time of Morgoth’s abode there. Its ears were gathered by hand, while the stalks were used to make baskets to keep the grain in. Only Elvish women could make lembas and those who knew the secret recipe were called Yavannildi.
Keeping and giving lembas to those needing it was exclusively a queen’s prerogative, and very rarely was this waybread given to mortals. The first queen to give lembas to a Man was Melian, as she gave some lembas to Beleg so that he could share it with Túrin. It was wrapped in silver leaves and the threads that bound the leaves were sealed with the Queen’s seal in the form of a flower of Telperion.
🎨💟 : The Light of Valinor by EKukanova, Deviant Art .
I took this very same photograph a couple months back when the leaves on these trees were all the colors of autumn, and now it's almost like we're stepping into the magical land of Narnia... I'm telling you, there's magic on our street. Meet me at the lamp post and we'll go on an adventure! I'll bring the hot chocolate.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” - J.R.R. Tolkien