Tolkein has always been one of my most favourite authors since the time I picked up to read The Hobbit. A brilliant storyteller, Tolkein has a charm and style that is very unique to him. Fantasy is a beautiful genre, but also difficult to write without making it sound foolish.
Tolkien's world has always made sense. Be it his writing, his poems, or his stories, at the end it leaves you with a feeling that though it is a work of fiction, it is not entirely detached. Here’s one of Tolkien’s poem that is my favourite since the day I first read it-
All that is gold does not glitter,
not All those who wander are lost.
The old and the wise do 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 the blade that was broken,
The Crownless shall again be king.
This poem, even as a piece detached from the story, makes so much sense and meaning, and gives you a deep perspective. As a staunch Tolkein fan, I had read all of his books, and there was only one left- The Legend of Sidgurd & Gudrun. I picked up a copy of it recently and started reading it today, which made me write this post as a natural overflow of fond memories.
I have a weird habit of turning to the last page of a book before beginning it. And, here’s what the last page reads, which makes absolute sense to me, as a Tolkien reader, and would make sense to you too if you are one.
Thus the glory endeth,
And the gold fadeth,
On noise and clamours
The night falleth.
I am excited to read it, and you’ll have wonderful stories coming your way soon as I bring to you the beauty of Tolkien.