What does the quote not all that wander are lost mean?

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It's from "The Lord of the Rings" - the Ranger Aragorn is a wanderer but he is also the true King of Gondor. Check it out in the movie or book version - author J.R. Tolkien.
Some people wander on purpose. The idea of wandering implies that there is somewhere you need to be that you cannot seem to find. But sometimes you learn all you need to in the travels off-course that you take.
It's from The Lord of the Rings, speaking of the Dunedin. The Rangers were not wandering, they were protecting the Shire from danger.
It means that some curious people who wander for knowledge become wise while others don't know what they are doing
It taken from the book by, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring.
"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 the blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king."
Comes from Lord of The Rings and describes Aragorn (by Bilbo)

It means that he (Aragorn) wanders because he has a duty to do so - it also means that he has a home (Rivendell) - and that he has skills to find his way - as opposed to those who are really lost and stumbling around trying to find their way.

"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 the blade that was broken,
the crownless again shall be king."
In my own interpretation, we are all wanderers. Some of us find a path and seek out our destiny (college, career, family), while others seem to have no destination in sight. These types are looked down upon, called slackers, told they have no direction. Some of these people are perfectly happy and feel their lives are headed in the direction they want, and don't feel they have to justify their life choices to anyone. So "Not all that wander are lost." They aren't lost. They are living the life they chose for themselves.

The Tolkien fanatics can interpret it in their own way, but from a non Tolkien fan, I just calls 'em as I sees 'em.
"All that wander are not lost" means that many are on a quest and wander where needed in order to fulfill that quest or specific goal.

While others wander aimlessly without any goals in life and without knowing where they are going....totally lost.
This quote reminds me of another quote - from the rocket scientist Werner Von Braun: "Research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing".
It means some people wander around on purpose. They are not lost just because they are wondering ...............

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