With a name like Of Blades and Kings we have to do our part and bring forth one of the greatest Kings in the fantasy genre.
Enter Aragorn, son of Arathorn and Gilrean, adopted son of Elrond, and rightful King of Men. He was a Chieftain in the Ranger’s of the North and spent his life preparing to reclaim the throne of Gondor. When we meet Aragorn in The Fellowship of the Ring he is ready to begin his rule, but being the good friend he is, on behalf of Gandalf, he decides to help a hobbit named Frodo Baggins and provide him safe passage to Rivendell.
During the Council of Elrond, it’s discovered that Frodo is carrying The One Ring of Sauron. An evil weapon used by Sauron to cover the world in darkness. When Frodo bravely states that he will take the Ring to Mordor to destroy it, Aragorn, without hesitation joins Frodo on his quest (followed by 7 others). At least, until they must part ways. Aragorn will be needed to unite and rally the race of Men against the evil to come.
Throughout the story Aragorn is the protector, turned leader, turned King. When all else goes wrong, he keeps a cool head and trudges through the mud. He leads by example, displays a proper balance of understanding and force, and shows compassion with a gentle heart.
Aragorn may not be the leader the world of Middle-earth looked for, but he’s the one they needed.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this and remember,
“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.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
– The Wandering One