After the loss of Gandalf in the Mines of Moria in a battle against Balrog, Aragorn led the Fellowship of the Ring. He was the one who tracked Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took to Fangorn Forest after the Fellowship was broken. He did this with the help of Legolas and Gimli. After this, he fought the Battle of Helm’s Deep and the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. To distract Sauron’s attention so that Frodo and Sam would have a chance at destroying the One Ring, Aragorn led the army of Gondor and Rohan against the Black Gate of Mordor after first defeating Sauron’s forces in Gondor.
Aragorn was sent to stay with his ancestor, Elrond, in Rivendell after the death of his father by the hands of orcs. Aragorn was two years old at this time. There was growing unrest that the line of Isildur was being hunted down to prevent the return of the true king of men, being evidenced by the killings of both Aragorn's father and grandfather. At Elrond's behest, Aragorn's heritage was kept hidden so as to protect him from those who would wish to hunt him down. In his time in Rivendell, Aragorn was given the new name Estel, a Sindarin name meaning 'hope', to conceal him from Sauron and his minions.
It is not clear in which specific time he met the Lady Arwen, daughter of Elrond, but it is evident he met her during his time in Rivendell when she had returned from a visit to her mother's homeland, Lorien. Upon their first meeting, he believed he had stumbled into a dream and mistook her for the lady Luthien, for whom Arwen is described as being equal in beauty. He had fallen in love with her at first sight, though he would have to wait some years for her to return his love and offer herself to him in marriage.
His heritage was revealed to him only at the age of twenty in the year 2951. With this reveal, Lord Elrond also presented the shards of Narsil, the blade of Elendil which was used to smote Sauron, to Aragorn. He presented him, too, with the Ring of Barahir. Among his heirlooms was the Sceptre of Annuminas which Aragorn would not come to possess until a time in which he proved himself worthy.
Upon this revelation, Aragorn took on the role of Chieftain for the Dunedain Rangers, rallying human refugees into the safety of the wild where they there lived.
Aragorn came across the wizard, Gandalf the Grey in the year 2956 during his journeys near the Shire. Rangers served as the protection for Shire-folk and their gentle, peace-loving hobbits. They would ward off orc packs and other unseemly creatures, maintaining the idyllic safe haven that was the hobbit towns. It was in the Shire and the nearby town of Bree that Aragorn inherited the name 'Strider' which he would be better known as by his accompanying hobbits during the quest for the One Ring.
Till the year 2980, Aragorn had served under several armies, such as that of King Thengel of Rohan and Gondor's Steward, Ecthelion II.  He would later be acquainted and fight with their sons as well. The Dunedain were blessed with unnaturally long life spans compared to normal men which allowed him to serve for many long years. It was through these long years of service that he attained and honed his skills and prowess on the battlefield.
In 2980 he met Arwen again and she pledged her hand in marriage to him, renouncing her lineage and accepting mortality. Elrond would only let Aragorn marry his daughter if he should be king of Gondor and Arnor reunited.
Gandalf also started to grow suspicious of Bilbo and the ring he held, which Gandalf found out to be the One Ring. Aragorn was asked by Gandalf to track Gollum, who had held the ring previously. Aragorn captured Gollum in the Dead Marshes and he brought him captive to Mirkwood where Gandalf questioned him.
Fellowship of The Ring
The group was accompanied by Aragorn through their crossing of Caradhras and the Mines of Moria. It was here that Gandalf lost the battle to Balrog and was lost by the fellowship. After this, Aragorn led the Fellowship to Lothlórien, then down the river Anduin to the Falls of Rauros.
He originally planned on going to Gondor to aid his people in war but after the loss of Gandalf, he wanted to help Frodo with the quest and became increasingly concerned with Frodo’s responsibilities.
The Two Towers
The Twin Towers saw Boromir being slain while defending Merry and Pippin. Frodo decided to continue on his quest to Mount Doom alone, accompanied only by Sam. The Three Hunters (Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli) went off to track the Uruk-hai, where they hoped to rescue Merry and Pippin.
On this journey of theirs, they discover not Merry and Pippin but Gandalf the White who they first mistake for Saruman. Gandalf is sent back from death to continue his duties in Middle Earth and he tells them that the hobbits have been in the care of the Ents of Fangorn. They then travel to Edoras in Rohan, where they fight the Battle of the Hornburg, in which Saruman’s army is destroyed.
- Aragorn - Revered King, ara (king) and gorn (revered)
- Elessar - His name as King
- Edhelharn - Sindarian translation of Elessar
- Elfstone - Sindarin translation of Elessar
- Estel - Aragorn’s nickname during his childhood in Rivendell. Meaning ‘Hope’!
- Longshanks - Used by Sam and some other Men of Bree
- Stick-at-naught Strider - Used by Men of Bree
- Strider - Used by Men of Bree
- Telcontar - Quenya translation of Strider. Also the name of his House
- Thorongil - Alias during travels to Rohan and Gondor. Means ‘Eagle of the Star’
- Wingfoot - Given by Éomer
- Chieftain of the Dúnedain
Size & Appearance
Due to his childhood in Rivendell and Elrond, Aragorn possessed the wisdom of elves and the foresight of the Dúnedain. A notably skilled healer with the plant athelas, he complimented this with being an incredible warrior and a commander unmatched by any other. A testament to this would be the fact that he, along with Éomer and Imrahil came out of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields without a scratch even though they had been right in the middle of the fighting.
Blaming himself for many of the misfortunes that plagued the Fellowship following the loss of Gandalf, it is quite clear that although Aragorn is wise and brave, he is not immune to self-doubt.
Concept & Creation
Tolkien also toyed with the idea of Trotter being Bilbo himself but this was rejected soon after.
Trotter was also meant to be Fosco Took who was Bilbo’s first cousin and had ‘vanished when a lad, owing to Gandalf’. Tolkien continued with this idea and eventually identified Trotter as Peregrin Boffin, a nephew of Bilbo and elder cousin to Frodo. Trotter’s backstory regarding his wooden shoes was also disclosed. He was said to have been tortured by Lord Sauron and saved by Gandalf, this would mean that Trotter didn’t have wooden shoes but wooden feet.
The idea of Trotter the Hobbit was eventually let go of by Tolkien. It was only after Book I that Tolkien settled on Trotter being a man, and he introduced him as Aragorn, "descendant of the ancient men of the North, and one of Elrond's household".
Further Character Developments
His relationship with Arwen was formed late into the writing of the books. Tolkien wanted Éowyn and Aragorn to be married and had thought that after Éowyn’s death Aragorn would never marry again.
Elrond’s daughter, Finduilas, was first mentioned in reference to a banner she had made for Aragorn and it was only near the completion of the book that any mention of her marrying Aragorn was made.
It was also an idea that Tolkien played with that Galadriel would pass on her Ring to Aragorn, accordingly making him ‘Lord Of The Ring’.
The name Aragorn too was changed several times, even though Aragorn had been the first suggestion and choice for the character. Tolkien had decided that Aragorn, an Elvish name, did not suit a Man, and hence he changed it to Elfstone, and Ingold, with Ing- representing West.
Other names included Elfstan, Elfmere, Elf-friend, Elfspear, Elfwold, Erkenbrand, Eldamir, Eldavel, Eledon, Qendemir, etc.
In The Books
- The Fellowship of The Ring
- The Two Towers
- The Return of The King
- The Silmarillion (Only Mentioned)
In The Films
- The Lord of The Rings (1978)
- The Return of The King (1980)
- The Fellowship of The Ring (2001)
- The Two Towers (2002)
- The Return of The King (2003)
- The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies (2014) (Indirect Mention Only)
Bakshi's Animated Film
Lord of The Rings Trilogy
In the books, however, there is no presence whatsoever of this self-doubt. Aragorn intends on claiming the throne right from the beginning in the books, with even more additional motivation being provided by the fact that he must claim the throne to marry Arwen. Another distinct difference between Jackson’s trilogy and the books is that throughout the first two films Aragorn uses an unnamed sword which he then replaces with Andúril when he receives it in the third film. In the books, however, Andúil is wielded by Aragorn right from the start.
The Hobbit Trilogy
Aragorn’s character was brought to life by Josh Beshears in the US in the Ohio production of The Return Of The King. Robert McLean played Aragorn’s role in the 1999 production of The Two Towers at Chicago’s Lifeline Theatre.
- Since Aragorn is the grandson of Turgon, and the great-grandson of Fingolfin, Aragorn is also a descendent of the House of Finwë.
- Viggo Mortensen was approached by one of the producers of The Hobbit and asked if he would like to play the role of Aragorn again. Mortensen replied, “You do know, don’t you, that Aragorn isn’t in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?”.
- Aragorn has been identified as an ISTJ personality type.
- ^The Tragedy of Gilraen, Aragorn's Mother
- ^15 Things Only True Fans Know About Aragorn
- ^Decline of The Lifespan of The Numenoreans
- ^The Tale of Aragorn And Arwen
- ^Aragorn and J.R.R. Tolkein
- ^Arwen and Aragorn's Romance Nearly Didn't Happen
- ^Aragorn - A Christ-Like King
- ^After Tolkien, Get Bored of The Rings
- ^The Myers Briggs Personality Types of LOTR Characters