May 31 2013, 3:46am
Viggo Mortensen may or may not be filming a cameo as Aragorn / Strider for TABA; if so, I think that there are no real problems with the two "age issues" that many people on the Forum have assumed. Here are my reasons:
Aragorn: putting the two age issues to rest
1. But Aragorn was only 10-12 years old at the time of "The Hobbit": In the movie timeline, the 17 years between Bilbo's birthday party and Gandalf's return to the Shire were cut out, as they were completely unnecessary for the story. Note carefully: one cannot just assume that those 17 years passed "offscreen", because every character in Hobbiton (Merry, Pippin, Sam, Rosie Cotton, Fatty Bolger, Evan Proudfoot, etc..) looks exactly the same at Bilbo's party and the end of ROTK. Some members have grasped at straws by arguing that "the Ring kept Frodo from aging". True, but that does not explain everyone else appearing the same as well. In addition, in the EE of TTT, we hear Aragorn say that he is 87 years old. Thus in movie timeline it is consistent to have the character as being 26-27 years old at the time of The Hobbit.
2.They would have to do some digital de-aging of Viggo, as in Tron Legacy. Below I attach a photo montage of the two pictures that accompanied the Telegraph interview. One is of Mortensen in TTT, one was taken specially for the Telegraph about 6 months ago. IMO there would be no need for special digital computer de-aging effects; Mortensen still looks good enough that just the dark beard, hair, and normal makeup should suffice, especially if his appearance would be limited to a cameo of the cloaked and hooded Strider in Bree. Tolkien himself wrote that Aragorn became "grim" to look upon when he went out into the world, so it would also be natural for him to appear somewhat older than his age would suggest.
Don't mess with my favorite female elf.