If your sole familiarity with The Lord of the Rings is with the Peter Jackson film trilogy, then you probably only know Aragorn son of Arathorn as the handsome, brooding, scruffy loner with the broken sword who looked so dorky in that crown at the end of the third movie, of which he is the titular character. But there’s a huge backstory behind Aragorn, and this article will fill you in on the basics.
This week in Middle-earth history: Samwise Gamgee is born, the Gondorians praise the periannath, and Hugo Weaving is born.
This week in Middle-earth history: Gollum arrives in the Woodland Realm; Dol Guldur is razed; the mallorn at Bag End flowers.
This week in Middle-earth history: Frodo and Sam capture Gollum in the Emyn Muil; Aragorn is born; the Second Battle of the Fords of Isen; Isengard destroyed.
What characters from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy could or should appear in the The Hobbit? Let’s run down the list…
At next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will debut Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest, its new youth- and family-oriented Lord of the Rings video game. Aragorn’s Quest is the first Tolkien game to be announced since Electronic Arts lost its franchise license in 2008.
Let me be clear — I love the movies. Love them. I genuinely do not believe that any other filmmaker on the planet would have done as good a job as Mr. Jackson… But here are my major gripes, as far as changes from the books.