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Otaku-sempai
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Apr 4, 7:21pm


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Aragorn in the 'North'


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Aragorn spent relatively little time in the North so I think him visiting the former Angmar is the least likely of the locations you mention.


At least if we restrict it to his travels before he became king. In support of it he himself says about the Ettendales north of Rivendell, that it is troll-country and little known to him, and Angmar is more northerly than the Ettendales.


I guess this depends on what we are calling 'the North'. Surely 'Estel' was reasonably familiar with much of northern Eriador even before his twentieth birthday, if not those regions much north of Rivendell itself. And in those first few years after he left Rivendell, Aragorn must have been wandering the Wild (possibly on both sides of the Misty Mountains) before he met and befriended Gandalf the Grey. Perhaps this was the period when he first entered the Woodland Realm to meet Thranduil and maybe his son Legolas.



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I don't exactly know what underlies the statements that he travelled to Rhun or Far Harad either. At a guess he visited the populated towns mostly, his concern being Men and their possible opposition to Sauron.

Aragorn the Ranger appears to be more associated with the north.


Much of that is explained in LotR Appendix A as cited in my previous post. We also have Aragorn's statement that he had traveled far enough South to be "where the stars are strange". That indicates that he traveled beyond the Girdle of Arda (the Equator) and saw the southern constellations.

Tolkien never stated outright that Aragorn spent time in Dorwinion (for example), but surely he must have done so at some point, eventually moving on "far into the East and deep into the South," as Tolkien wrote.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Apr 4, 7:30pm)


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