Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Q&A: How Did Aragorn end up a Ranger and Not a King?

This is a popular question among movie goers.  The concise answer is that the lines of Isildur and Anarion ended after the Last Alliance.  In reality, Isildur's line continued in the north, but they were dispossessed after the defeat of Sauron and the murder of Isildur.

The Rangers dedicated their lives to protecting the innocent citizens of the Shire.  The heir of Isildur was in almost all cases, temporarily fostered in Rivendell where the Dunedain (as the northerners were called) mantained their ancient ties with the elves.  

Eventually, Aragorn, the last Chieftain of the Dunedain, joined the Fellowship of the Eing and made his way back to Gondor where he became the king, thus uniting both the realm of Gondor and the northern realm (formerly ruled by Isildur) called Arnor.

If you have any questions you would like handled in a Q&A like my friend who submitted this question, leave a comment, please.  Thanks for reading!  

Above:  Aragorn as a ranger of Eriador travelled all over Middle-earth and formed friendships with Elrond, Thengel, and of course, Arwen.


  1. Things people would know if they read the books.... or had a brother who ceaselessly quoted these facts to you until you did. ;)