Eagle of the Star
"In much that [Ecthelion II, Steward of Gondor] did he had the aid and advice of a great captain whom he loved above all. Thorongil men called him in Gondor, the Eagle of the Star, for he was swift and keen-eyed, and wore a silver star upon his cloak; but no one knew his true name nor in what land he was born. He came to Ecthelion from Rohan, where he had served the King Thengel, but he was not one of the Rohirrim. . . .
There was dismay in the City at the departure of Thorongil, and to all men it seemed a great loss, unless it were to Denethor, the son of Ecthelion, a man now ripe for the Stewardship . . .
. . . many believed that Denethor, who was subtle in mind and looked further and deeper than other men of his day, had discovered who this stranger Thorongil in truth was, and suspected that he and Mithrandir designed to supplant him."The Return of the King
, Appendix A Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion
"A comely arse and he's a good listener too. Go figure."
Frodo about Aragorn, from Elizabeth Wyeth's "Aragorn Stew"
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