|Aragorn - Fellowship of the Ring|
Aragorn is the
central human character in The Lord of the Rings and is known by many different
names such as Strider, Elessar, the Elfstone of the house of Elendil, the
Dunadan but is mainly known as Aragorn II son of Arathon, Isildur's heir to the
throne of Gondor. He plays the part of a human Ranger from the lands above the
Shire known as Arnor and is chief among those men.
With him Aragorn carries the burden of loving Arwen Evenstar, daughter of Elrond, the elf
who brought Aragorn up. He knows that for her to be with him she would have to give up her immortal life and forsake her rightful place in the Undying Lands. When he first met her he thought he was in a dream, he was young and had never even met her, he thought her to be her ancestor Luthien, the elf maiden who gave up her immortality
for the human Beren. Little did Aragorn know at the time that the past
would play again. In the movie version Arwen gives Aragorn her elven
jewel, Evenstar, also her namesake and binds herself to him, giving up
her immortal life.
In the reaches of
Rivendell, Narsil, the ancient sword that Isildur
used to severe the ring from Sauron's finger, lies in shattered pieces
where Aragorn watches as Boromir picks it up and manages to cut himself.
As it falls to his feet Aragorn places the weight back where it
"belongs" as he feels the pressure of the burden it places
upon him. Arwen knows how it troubles his heart and tries to support him
in any way possible. In the novels he leaves with Narsil reforged but in
the movie he leaves with only his traveling sword and is most likely
going to pick up Narsil in one of the later movies as he only excepts
his heritage at Boromir's side. "I will save our people." Aragorn
also wares the Ring of Barahir, twin serpents with emerald eyes with
their heads meeting beneath golden flowers which one devours and the
Aragorn meets the Hobbits in the Prancing Pony and grabs Frodo when he
foolishly puts the Ring on amongst dark men. "Are you afraid?
Not nearly enough." But Sam is very suspicious of
"Strider". "If I had killed the real Strider, I could
kill you. And should have killed you already without so much talk. If I
was after the Ring, I could have it - NOW!" He then
guards the Hobbits and sets out to Rivendell with five Black Riders
close behind him. At Weathertop, Aragorn defies all odds and makes the
five wraiths retreat but too late to save Frodo.
decision to join the fellowship comes as no surprise, "If
by my life or death I can protect you, you have my sword." Now
this is where the movie differs from the book as the Elves reforged Narsil and
Aragorn takes this with him but in the movie he retains his traveling blade and
takes a bow and quiver as well, which is very helpful when it comes time to
battle Orcs in Moria. But this slight change will most likely have a new future
in the next movies that I can hardly
wait to see.
After the battle at Moria where Gandalf falls to the dark
Aragorn pushes his grief aside and leads the Fellowship to The Golden
Woods where he seeks the aid of the Lady Galadriel and Lord Celeborn. It
is obvious from his knowledge of the woods and being recognised by the
elven Captain, Haldir that he has
ventured into the woods before. He leaves Lothlorien with the blessing
of the pair and with gifts of elvish waybread, boats and cloaks before traveling
with the company down the Great River Anduin. And along the
way he is awe struck by the huge statures of the Kings at Amon Hen.
At the end of the movie when the Uruk-Hai attack Aragorn lets Frodo
go, "I would've followed you." Frodo: "I know." Aragorn
fights alongside Legolas and Gimli protecting the Hobbits and rushes to
the aid of Boromir's horn only to find the Hobbits taken and Boromir
lying with three arrow shafts in his torso and Lutz aiming for the final
blow. Aragorn takes up the challenge and battles Lurtz and rushes over
to the dying Boromir declaring that he will help his "people".
He comforts Boromir in his dying breaths as Legolas and Gimli join him grief
stricken. Aragorn lets Sam and Frodo go, "The Ring is beyond our
aid now." And when asked what do they do now, "We
travel light, lets hunt some Orc" and with a smile from
Gimli and Legolas the trio run off into the brush. (My favourite bit)
Aragorn is played by Viggo Mortensen and by the producers was perfect
for the role even though he came on after the first actor cast as
Aragorn had creative differences. It was said that when he first came to
the set he sat, cloaked in the corner watching all that was going on
around him, actually being Strider! "He took his outfit home
with him because he wanted to literally grow into it. He sweated in it,
lived in it, even repaired it himself, as Aragorn would have." He
is also a painter, photographer and published poet. "Aragorn is
deeply aware of the burden of his heritage."
Any of the thumbnails
same blood flows through my veins"
friend of Gandalf the Grey"
Hunt some Orc!"
Aragorn and Arwen
Aragorn in Return of
the King 1024 x768
Two Towers Aragorn Wall 1024 x 768