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Otaku-sempai
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Apr 2, 2:31pm


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Journeys & Errantries beyond the year 2980

According to "The Tale of Years" (LotR, Appendix B), Aragorn first "goes out into the Wild" in T.A. 2951 at age twenty. He first meets Gandalf (at least as an adult) in 2956 and they become friends. Tolkien places Aragorn's period of "great journeys and errantries" from 2957 to 2980. We know that he travels with (and without) Gandalf during this period which also marks the times of his service to both Rohan and Gondor. After leading a successful raid on the Corsair fleet at Umbar early in 2980, Aragorn takes leave of Ecthelion II, the Steward of Gondor, to scout the Mountains of Shadow before finally being reunited with Arwen in Lórien, where they plight their troth on Midsummer's Day.

Interestingly, Appendix A gives us some reason to think that some of Aragorn's greatest and most distant journeys took place after the year 2980. We are specifically told that it is after his "hour of victory" (destroying the Corsair Fleet at Umbar) that Aragorn "passed out of the knowledge of Men of the West, and went alone far into the East and deep into the South exploring the hearts of Men, both evil and good, and uncovering the plots and devices of the servants of Sauron." We know that Aragorn's plan before coming to Lórien was to rest in Rivendell for a while before journeying into the "far countries". After Aragorn spoke with Elrond about the choice of Arwen, he spent many years doing exactly that. The range of time Tolkien specifies for Aragorn's great journeys is a bit of a misnomer.

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