All Woods Must Fail

O! Wanderers in the shadowed land
Despair not! For though dark they stand,
All woods there be must end at last,
And see the open sun go past:
The setting sun, the rising sun,
The day's end, or the day begun.
For east or west all woods must fail.

by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien

Comments (5)

All woods must fail, I understood in a different way- That everyone will die, No one forever can stay! ! !
micheal hockenbarger- don; t know about the allegory stuff but this poem was not 'uttered by an elf leaving middle earth' it was said by frodo in the Old Forest.
This poem is true because so many woods do fail. It does not matter that the poem came from one of Tolkien's works. It might have been written in a fictional world but can be used in this world in this time frame. It is a lovely peace of work.
You dig too deep. Poem uttered by an elf when leaving Middle Earth. Tolkien was not an allegorical writer. He wrote fiction to be exactly that: Fiction.
Why exactly? I thought he was against industry taking over...