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Aragorn, much like Gandalf, hides an impressive amount
of power, greatness, and knowledge under a humble exterior. We first
meet Aragorn as Strider, the laconic, worn Ranger at the Prancing
Pony inn in Bree. As the action moves forward, we see Aragorn slowly transform
into the king he is destined to become. Aragorn also displays Gandalf’s
bravery, kindness, and wisdom—indeed, neither of them appear to
have any major faults to speak of. At certain moments, however,
Aragorn does display a sort of vulnerability. When questioned about
why he does not immediately offer proof of his identity to the hobbits
in Bree, one of his answers is simply that he wishes the hobbits
would count him as a friend without knowledge of his lineage—indeed,
he is tired of being constantly wary. Such an admission is a poignant
revelation of a somewhat unexpected trait in such an indomitable
woodsman and warrior as Aragorn.
Ace your assignments with our guide to The Fellowship of the Ring!