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"Call Yourself Thorongil" by [ profile] nilmandra007

What lies behind Aragorn's southern alias?

On Stories of Arda
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Elvish definition of "estel" by Finrod from Morgoth's Ring in the History of Middle Earth series. Quote posted by [ profile] nilmandra007, the maintainer of the Stories of Arda archive and [ profile] soa_quotes. Hope, trust, faith.
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I think that Gilraen was a major influence on Aragorn's being able to fulfill his destiny. Arathorn's premature death and her sacrifices for her people and her son probably didn't leave her a lot of opportunities for lightheartedness, but in this she may not have been noticeably grimmer than the rest of the Dúnedain, a dwindling and scattered people used to keeping their own counsel.

'After a few years [following Aragorn's and Arwen's betrothal] Gilraen took leave of Elrond and returned to her own people in Eriador, and lived alone; and she seldom saw her son again, for he spent many years in far countries. But on a time, when Aragorn had returned to the North, he came to her, and she said to him before he went:

'"This is our last parting, Estel, my son. I am aged by care, even as one of lesser Men; and now that it draws near I cannot face the darkness of our time that gathers upon Middle-earth. I shall leave it soon."

'Aragorn tried to comfort her, saying: "Yet there may be a light beyond the darkness; and if so, I would have you see it and be glad."

'But she answered only with this linnod:

Onen I-Estel Edain, ú-chebin estel anim,1

and Aragorn went away heavy of heart. Gilraen died before the next spring.

1'I gave Hope to the Dúnedain, I have kept no hope for myself.'

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen

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[Barliman Butterbur speaking to Frodo]
"He is one of the wandering folk -- Rangers we call them. He seldom talks: not but what he can tell a rare tale when he has the mind. He disappears for a month, or a year, and then he pops up again. He was in and out pretty often last spring: but I haven't seen him about lately. What his right name is I've never heard: but he's known round here as Strider. Goes about at a great pace on his long shanks; though he don't tell nobody what cause he has to hurry."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"

The posting of this quote on Stories of Arda today reminded me that, although it is Bill Ferny who calls Aragorn Long Shanks, Barliman Butterbur uses the term first. In the movie, of course, it was Sam who threatened to bash Long Shanks with a handy item of household furniture (makes me think that a Lord of the Rings version of the board game Clue would be no bad thing as there would be no lack of weapons, ranging from Sam's pans or apples to movie!Legolas's knives to Merry's and Pippin's rocks to Gandalf's staff [or hat?]. There could be versions set in Rivendell, the Shire, Edoras, or Minas Tirith.)
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The Rangerlegs make their first dramatic appearance in The Prancing Pony.

The infamous Bill Ferny is the one who calls Aragorn Longshanks.

Over the hedge another man was staring boldly. He had heavy black brows, and dark scornful eyes; his large mouth curled in a sneer. He was smoking a short black pipe. As they approached he took it out of his mouth and spat.

'Morning, Longhshanks!' he said. 'Off early? Found some friends at last?' Strider nodded, but did not answer.

'Morning, my little friends!' he said to the others. 'I suppose you know who you've taken up with? That's Stick-at-naught Strider, that is! Though I've heard other names not so pretty. Watch out tonight! And you, Sammie, don't go ill-treating my poor old pony! Pah!' He spat again.

Sam turned quickly. 'And you, Ferny,' he said, 'put your ugly face out of sight, or it will get hurt.' With a sudden flick, quick as lightning, an apple left his hand and hit Bill square on the nose. He ducked too late, and curses came from behind the hedge. 'Waste of a good apple,' said Sam regretfully, and strode on.
The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
(Quoted from the $3 copy of the single-volume paperback The Lord of the Rings that I bought at the flea market last week).

11 Rangerleg photos )
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“Too Many Names” by Tanaqui

A series of demi-drabbles about Aragorn's many names, in chronological order.

No reader warnings.

on Stories of Arda
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This name, given by Éomer based on events told in The Lord of the Rings, is central to the Aragorn/Legolas/Gimli and Merry/Pippin storylines after the breaking of the Fellowship.

'It is now the fourth day since [Boromir] was slain,' answered Aragorn; 'and since the evening of that day we have journeyed from the shadow of Tol Brandir.'

'On foot?' cried Éomer.

'Yes, even as you see us.'

Wide wonder came into Éomer's eyes. 'Strider is too poor a name, son of Arathorn,' he said. 'Wingfoot I name you. This deed of the three friends should be sung in many a hall. Forty leagues and five you have measured ere the fourth day is ended! Hardy is the race of Elendil!
The Two Towers, "The Riders of Rohan"

Screen caps are presented chronologically according to bookverse, beginning at Parth Galen.

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This picture worried me before Fellowship came out because I was getting weird 16th-century Dutch vibes off Strider's gear; just a funky camera angle, as it turned out. But I cropped all that out for this post!


Mar. 14th, 2005 08:17 pm
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'Let me think!' said Aragorn. 'And now may I make a right choice, and change the evil fate of this unhappy day!' He stood silent for a moment. 'I will follow the Orcs,' he said at last. 'I would have guided Frodo to Mordor and gone with him to the end; but if I seek him now in the wilderness, I must abandon the captives to torment and death. My heart speaks clearly at last: the fate of the Bearer is in my hands no longer. The Company has played its part. Yet we that remain cannot forsake our companions while we have strength left. Come! We will go now. Leave all that can be spared behind! . . .'
The Two Towers, "The Departure of Boromir"

Pierre Vinet/New Line Cinema
Another of my top 5 Aragorn pics, although disappointing in quality. What I'd really like is to find a hi-res version of the similar pic below, another still at Parth Galen.

behind the cut cos of poor quality )


Mar. 11th, 2005 08:23 am
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From publicity stills released for Fellowship
this pic is in my top 5 Aragorn faves


Feb. 28th, 2005 03:01 pm
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Isildur's Heir

". . . In such need a man that has no horse will go on foot, and he will not ask for leave to follow the trail. Nor will he count the heads of the enemy save with a sword. I am not weaponless."

Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. "Elendil!" he cried. "I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil's son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!"

Gimli and Legolas looked at their companion in amazement . . . He seemed to have grown in stature while Éomer had shrunk; and in his living face they caught a brief vision of the power and majesty of the kings of stone."
The Two Towers, The Riders of Rohan

The Last Debate

special picspam in honor of Aragorn's birthday tomorrow

7 more Isildur's Heir pics )


Feb. 19th, 2005 06:30 am
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"Suddenly Frodo noticed that a strange-looking weather-beaten man, sitting in the shadows near the wall, was also listening intently to the hobbit-talk. He had a tall tankard in front of him, and was smoking a long-stemmed pipe curiously carved. His legs were stretched out before him, showing high boots of supple leather that fitted him well, but had seen much wear and were now caked with mud. A travel-stained cloak of heavy dark-green cloth was drawn close about him, and in spite of the heat of the room he wore a hood that overshadowed his face; but the gleam of his eyes could be seen as he watched the hobbits."
The Fellowship of the Ring, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

For [ profile] shirebound's Mom, fellow Ranger fancier

It's the hood. Great entrance.

Yay for the AU change to a functional sword!
Le Seigneur des Anneaux bientôt au cinéma

Menacing. One of my top 5 favorite Aragorn pics.
resized from [ profile] sagralisse's caps

3 more Strider pics )


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