- “I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadain, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the sword that was broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” [The Two Towers]
- Who: AragornFrom: The Lord of the RingsWritten by: JRR Tolkien
Date Published: July 21, 1954
Last week I profiled Samwise, this week it is Aragorn’s turn. Aragorn is the star of his story arc, but he’s not the main character of TLOTRs. That said, his story arc is a lovely one. Left to the protection of the Elves of Rivendell as a child when his father is killed by Orcs he lives a secret life. As an adult he goes from being a Ranger ( some one generally considered to be a dangerous and unsavory character) to King.
Pros: Brave, skilled, humble, kind to those who are weaker than he is. He’s good with horses. He’s handsome, and he can sing.
Cons: A reluctant hero he hesitates when it comes to taking on responsibility and the burden of leadership.
- Aragorn puts aside his fear and grief and finally takes control of the Fellowship after Gandalf’s fall in the mines of Moria. By the sheer force of his will he gets them out and to the safety of Lothlórien, It is a huge turning point for him. He’s spent his entire life avoiding leadership, and staying safely hidden among the elves or anonymously hidden in the trees. But now he has takes the lead in a life and death situation.
- He braved the paths of the dead in Dwimerberg and took charge of the ghost army in Return of the King. He used the grim army to defeat the Orcs at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. He had promised to release them from their curse at the end of the battle. He could have kept the ghost army under his power and forced them to fight for him at the gate of Mordor, but he honorably kept to his promise and let them go.
- Of course Aragorn unites the Northern and Southern kingdoms and… gets the girl.
Least shining moment: He spent much of his life shirking his duties as king. “He didn’t want to step into that position, which is understandable… but still, when the world is crumbling around you … you have step up”. — Dave
- Thanks to Bill, Maggie, Dave and John for contributing to their thoughts to this Blog Post.
- On a lighter side Bill adds to Aragorn’s Cons that…He smoked and that he was too cheap to buy his own sword so he has to make the elves put a broken one together for him.
- J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings (ingvar.blog.redpill-linpro.com)
- Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Rich with Christian Symbols (xirlleelang.wordpress.com)