The Wanderer Poem

This link is an AMAZING exposition of a 5th century poem called “Wanderer” and how Tolkien drew up on it for LOTR.
WANDERER | The Profound Anglo-Saxon Poem that Tolkien Used in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - YouTube

And here is one person’s translation English:
The Wanderer: An Anglo-Saxon Poem: Translated By Jeffrey Hopkins | VQR Online

Scott Baltes points out that this sounds like Beren.


This translation may (or may not) be more accurate, and also has some commentary:

The Wanderer: A Translation with Commentary (

So what would likely have happened, if Gandalf had taken the One Ring himself on the journey to destroy it, rather than giving Frodo the task and the ring ?

Here is one very entertaining interpretation :slight_smile: