Guide to The Lord of the Rings/Characters/Aragorn Elessar

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Aragorn is a character in the Lord of the Rings trilogy series. He plays the part of a very strong, very athletic, and very good fighting warrior, who is part of the fellowship ( a group of nine people who set off in The Fellowship of the Ring, first of the trilogy, to destroy a ring created by Sauron to rule all of Middle-Earth.


Aragorn has been described as a ranger, one of the nomadic soldiers who protect the lands on their own. He is, however, the last in a long forgotten line of kings, the heir of Isildur, king of Gondor. He comes to realize his fate to be the king in the third book, The Return of the King, and claims the throne after the destruction of the dark lord Sauron. He is humble, strong, and very agile, and comes from the race of the Numenor.


Aragorn befriends ( throughout the journey ) an elf, named Legolas. He also becomes friends with a stubborn Dwarf known as Gimli during the long journey to destroy the ring. Other people who might be considered by Aragorn as friends are: Gandalf, Eomer, Theoden, Frodo, Eowyn and the rest of the Fellowship.

Part in the first book[edit]

In The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn meets Frodo, Pippin, Merry, and Sam in the Prancing Pony Inn on a rainy night. He sees them from a croner, a dark corner. They see him, and Frodo inquires to the bar manager, "That man, in the corner. Who is he?" The bar manager says to Frodo, "He is one of them Rangers. Dangerous folk they are." Frodo then averts his eyes, hoping not to startle Aragorn, formerly known in the first book as Strider.

In the first book, Aragorn leads the group of four to Rivendell, the place of the Elves and where the council was made to make the company of nine, the "Fellowship," set off to destroy the ring. He was formerly known by the hobbits as "Strider" due to the fact that he did not reveal his true name. Aragorn plated the part of the "Swordsman" during the journey. In the Mines of Moria Aragorn fought gallantly to protect the Hobbits from a massive Cave Troll that attacked their party. In Lothlorien, later in the book, Aragorn comes to realize the fate of the Ringbearer, Frodo. He then reminds frodo of his oath to protect him, after Frodo escapes from the company to save them, only to find Aragorn and be frightened of him. In the end of the book, Aragorn is seen along with Legolas and Gimli "hunting" the orcs that took Merry and Pippin captive, and were heading off to Isengard.

Part in the Second Book[edit]

In the Second book, The Lord of the Rings:The Two Towers, Aragorn is first seen with companions Legolas and Gimli hunting after a party of Uruk-Hai that had recently taken hostage Merry and Pippin.