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.
I love that Bilbo’s reaction to Aragorn telling him his real identity is to write this poem for him. It’s such a sweet gesture: my new friend is sad because his life is endless wandering, the Breelanders call him names, and he’s not sure he will ever get to marry his betrothed.
*Bilbo inspiration* : I will write him a poem saying everything is going to be OK!
I wonder when that happened, and where?
I’m guessing perhaps in Rivendell after Bilbo left the Shire, though in that case, you wonder why Aragorn would tell his story directly to Bilbo instead of being introduced by Elrond. Did Aragorn visit the Shire in the 20 years between him finishing his journeys as Thorongil and Bilbo leaving? Or did Bilbo perhaps make trips to Bree and meet him there?