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01 March 2010 @ 07:44 am
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
The Fellowship of the Ring: "Strider," p. 182

Aragorn’s Vital Statistics:

Date of Birth: March 1, 2931
Date of Death: March 1, 120, Fourth Age
Residences: Rivendell; various; later Minas Tirith & Annuminas
Parents: Arathorn II and Gilraen
Siblings: None
Spouse: Arwen Undomiel
Children: 1 son - Eldarion - and daughters
Hair & Eye Color: Dark hair & grey eyes
Height: 6 feet, 6 inches
Sword: Anduril
Horses: Roheryn and Hasufel
Galadriel's gifts: Sheath and Elfstone
Emblem: White Tree with Seven Stars & a Crown on a black field

Aragorn was born on March 1, 2931, and just two years later he became the sixteenth Chieftain of the Dunedain when his father Arathorn II was killed by Orcs. Aragorn's mother Gilraen took him to live in Rivendell, home of Elrond. Elrond accepted the child as a foster-son and gave him the name Estel, meaning "Hope." Aragorn was not told his true name and heritage until 2951, when he was twenty years old and Elrond perceived that he had grown to manhood. Elrond then gave Aragorn two of the heirlooms of the House of Isildur: the Ring of Barahir and the shards of Narsil.

Aragorn was a direct descendant of Isildur, son of Elendil. The Heirs of Isildur were the Kings of Arnor until that kingdom was divided in three in the year 861 of the Third Age. The line was then continued first by the Kings of Arthedain and then, when that kingdom was decimated by war and plague, by the Chieftains of the Dunedain. Aragorn was also descended from Anarion - whose heirs ruled Gondor - through Firiel, the daughter of King Ondoher of Gondor, who married Arvedui, Last King of Arthedain.

In the year 120 of the Fourth Age, at the age of 210, King Elessar knew that his days were at an end and he went to the House of the Kings in the Silent Street. He said farewell to his son Eldarion and his daughters and he gave Eldarion his Crown and Sceptre. Arwen remained at Aragorn's side until he died.

Then a great beauty was revealed in him, so that all who after came there looked on him in wonder; for they saw that the grace of his youth, and the valour of his manhood, and the wisdom and majesty of his age were blended together. And long there he lay, an image of the Kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world.
Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings: "The Tale of Aragorn and Arwen," p. 344

It is said that the beds of Merry and Pippin were set beside the bed of the great king. After the death of the king, Legolas built a grey ship in Ithilien, and sailed down Anduin and so over the Sea; and with him, it is said, went Gimli. With the passing of that ship came an end in Middle-earth to the Fellowship of the Ring.

MoSinging1986: So small a thingmosinging1986 on March 2nd, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
This was beautiful, thank you! And so is Aragorn, both inside and out.
Hostis Humani Generis: LOTR: gandalf mothlost_marbles555 on March 3rd, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Aww, I never knew that about Legolas. That's so sad.

Thanks for this history on Aragorn. Brightened my day to learn more about a character I adore.

Edited at 2010-03-03 03:05 am (UTC)