Aragorn

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Names and by-names
Elessar, Estel, Hope, Longshanks, Strider, Thorongil, Wingfoot
Position(s)
Language(s)
Birth
1 March T.A. 2931
Death
Fo.A. 120 (aged 210)
Parents
Arathorn II, Gilraen, Elrond (foster father)
Home(s)
Sibling(s)
(none known)
Spouse
Child(ren)

Sixteenth and last Chieftain of the Dúnedain Rangers of the North (T.A. 2933-3019), Aragorn Elessar (S."Revered King, Kingly Valour" and "Elfstone") also became the first King of the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor (T.A. 3019-F.A. 120). Aragorn was one of the most significant figures in the late history of Middle-earth: on him rested and were fulfilled many of the hopes of Middle-earth's Free Peoples. Because Sauron so greatly desired to destroy this last of Isildur's line, Elrond raised Aragorn secretly in Rivendell under the name of Estel, not even revealing to him his lineage until the age of twenty. He was born in Rivendell in T.A. 2931, only two years before the death of his father, Arathorn II. His mother, Gilraen the Fair, returned to her ancestral home Esteldin near Annúminas in T.A. 2954.

It was then that Aragorn II then went into the Wild and warred against Sauron and his minions in many secretive ways for seventy years. During this time he also learned a great deal concerning the customs and skills of the peoples of Endor. He became the hardiest and wisest Man of his day. During this time of wandering he was given the name Strider by the Bree-landers, and secretly served Thengel of Rohan and Ecthelion of Gondor. The Gondorians called him Thorongil (S. "Eagle of the Star") because of the Rangers' silvery star which he wore upon his breast. From Gondor, he raided the fleet of the Corsairs of Umbar and succeeded in destroying a large portion of their navy (T.A. 2980).
When he finally met Gandalf in T.A. 2956, the two became close friends. At Gandalf's request Aragorn searched for Gollum off and on for thirteen years, until he found and captured him (T.A. 3017). The following year brought the beginning of the War of the Ring. He was then introduced to Frodo and the other three Hobbits of the Company while in Bree, assisting them greatly on their journey to Imladris (Rivendell). During their dangerous encounter with the Nazgûl atop Amon Sûl (Weathertop), he successfully forced the Ringwraiths into retreat.
After participating in the Council of Elrond at Rivendell, Aragorn became one of the Nine Walkers of the Fellowship of the Ring. He led the Company after Gandalf fell while battling the Balrog in Khazad-dûm.
During the War of the Ring (T.A. 3018-19), Aragorn also was a commander in the defense of the Hornburg in Rohan, where he met and became good friends with Éomer. Later, accompanied by Rangers, Gimli the Dwarf, and Legolas the Elf, Aragorn walked the Paths of the Dead. Acting as the Heir of Isildur, he commanded the Dead to follow his leadership, and with their aid he defeated the Corsairs at Pelargir and captured their great fleet. Using their black ships, he brought a large contingent of soldiers up the Anduin and arrived just in time to turn the tide of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields at Minas Tirith. Later, he was declared Captain of the West and led the army of the Free Peoples at the Battle of Morannon. Following the great and terrible War of the Ring, Aragorn was recognized and crowned King of the Reunited Kingdoms. As Elessar Telcontar, he was declared Lord of the Western Lands. He married Arwen, the beautiful daughter of Elrond, and they produced one son: Eldarion, and a number of daughters. During his reign, he re-extended the borders of the combined realm (Arnor and Gondor), and established a peace and prosperity which had been long forgotten.

Elessar ruled with terrific justice, foresight, and wisdom until his death in the 120th year of the Fourth Age. In him, the nobility of the Númenóreans was finally seen restored. He fittingly bore the blade Andúril (Q. "Flame of the West"), which was reforged from the shards of Narsil (Q. "Red-white Flame").

Other names and aliases

  • Amin
  • Aragorn
  • Arakorno
  • Arathornion
  • Dúnadan
  • Edhelharn
  • Eldamir
  • Elessar
  • Elfstan
  • Elfstone
  • Envinyatar, the Renewer
  • Estel
  • Helak-il-Auatzin
  • Isildur's Heir
  • Longshanks
  • Strider
  • Tarkil
  • Telcontar
  • Thorongil
  • Wingfoot

Titles

Captain of the Host of the West, Captain of the Dúnedain of Arnor, Chieftain of the Dúnedain, Chieftain of the North, The Dúnadan, Eagle of the Star, Envinyatar, Great King, Heir of Isildur, King of all the Dúnedain, King of the West, Lord of the Dúnedain, Lord of the Western Lands, Man of the West

Aragorn's Principle Items

Aragorn bore the hereditary items of the Chieftains of the Rangers of the North, the heirlooms of Isildur's house. Additionally, he bore the following items.

Notes

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