Tuesday, February 15, 2011
2 Sides to Aragorn?
Today in class, we were talking a little bit about the two contrasting sides of Aragorn: that of Strider and that of the rightful King of Gondor. However, I think that even the "Strider side" of Aragorn shows how he would make a good king. He cares for and thinks of others first. He seeks to help those who are under his care, such as when he burries Boromir before following the orcs. It's also shown how he cares for even the smallest and will do whatever he can for them when he decides to go after Merry and Pippin. At one point he even says that if all they can do is show their friendship by starving to death in the forest with the hobbits, he will do it still. He cares more for these people who trust and follow him than for himself. He could have just left them and gone on to claim his throne in Gondor, but he chose to care for his charges. I think this shows a side of him that is like a ranger, but it is also a good quality for a king: to care even for the smallest of his subjects.