So, it turns out yesterday was Aragorn’s birthday, and I missed it. (Not a mistake I’m planning to make next year!) And, if my friend hadn’t posted about it, I still wouldn’t know. Thank you, Ellen! 🙂 So I thought now was a good time to post my thoughts on him.
Warning–there are several story-spoilers below, for those of you who are haven’t read or are reading The Lord of the Rings. Sorry, I can’t talk about Aragorn without giving things away. 🙂
Aragorn’s my favorite character. There’s stiff competition in The Lord of the Rings, but he’s still my all-time favorite. (Faramir offers the only serious threat.)
He is one of the most rewarding characters I’ve ever seen. To begin with, he’s awesome.
The Sword of Elendil was forged anew by Elvish smiths, and on its blade was traced a device of seven stars set between the crescent Moon and the rayed Sun, and about them was written many runes; for Aragorn son of Arathorn was going to war upon the marches of Mordor. (310) —The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
He’s one of the greatest warriors in the whole trilogy, but he has a soft side too. I can’t stand characters that are harsh. (I know, I know, Savannah. Don’t worry, I really do like your character now.) The fact that he can live through anything (and has lived through almost everything) doesn’t dull his awareness of others’ weaknesses.
Aragorn looked at him with kindly pity. ‘Very well. . . you shall have an hour, and you shall be alone.’ (445) —The Fellowship of the Ring
He is the king. #ObviousOne Read this article for more on that.
In the stern sat Aragorn son of Arathorn, proud and erect, guiding the boat with skilful strokes; his hood was cast back, and his dark hair was blowing in the wind, a light in his eyes; a king returning from exile to his own land. (442) —The Fellowship of the Ring
He is a king, and he is a leader. He is not afraid to take command–but he doesn’t have to. He is able to follow (as long as he is following a good leader), and he is humble.
‘I will,’ said Aragorn heavily. ‘You followed my lead almost to disaster in the snow, and have said no word of blame. I will follow your lead now.’ (333) —The Fellowship of the Ring
And his example of servant leadership is astounding.
‘For it is said in old lore: the hands of the king are the hands of a healer. And so the rightful king could ever be known.’ (842) —The Return of the King
He spends half his time carrying around hobbits and digging through bushes for athelas. Without complaining. It is simply what his role as King looks like in his mind. (I guess you could say he complains about it once, but I don’t blame him for that. ‘Master Meriadoc, if you think that I have passed through the mountains and the realm of Gondor with fire and sword to bring herbs to a careless soldier who throws away his gear, you are mistaken. . . I have not slept in a such a bed as this, since I rode from Dunharrow, nor eaten since the dark before dawn.’ The Return of the King, page 851)
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. (193)
—The Fellowship of the Ring