Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Dunedain

I've always thought the coming of the Dunedain from the North to aid Aragorn was a really cool part of The Return of the King. They are a hope unlooked for, and I also think they serve to unite the lost kingdom of Arnor to Gondor once more. With the coming of the king, the kingdom is pieced together again. These Rangers have always impressed me with their manner: grim, silent, and humble. Here are these great descendants of Numenor, and they are content to guard the Shire and Bree without thanks or renown from the inhabitants. It speaks highly of their character that they are willing to sacrifice for the innocence of these good people, reminding us that often in order to lead we must serve.

There arrival stirred several questions, though. Did Elrond send the Rangers? And why are Elladan and Elrohir included? Are those two basically just searching for war? And are they awarded the choice between immortality and mortality like their sister Arwen?

1 comment:

Elladan said...

I'm not sure as to the answers to some of the questions, but I do think that one of the major themes of Tolkien's writing is the coming of help unforeseen. This is exemplified several times throughout the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, the arrival of the Eagles at the Battle of Five Armies, the return of Gandalf at Helm's Deep, the arrival of the Army of the Dead, etc. It seems that Tolkien deeply believed in the idea of a hope beyond hope, and that the night is truly darkest just before the dawn.