Councils and Kings: Aragorn's Journey Towards Kingship in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings

Councils and Kings: Aragorn's Journey Towards Kingship in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings... JUDY ANN FORD AND ROBIN ANNE REID ithin The Lord of the Rings the return of the king to Gondor is secondary, yet independently important, to the main plot of the destruction of the Ring. Destroying the Ring will save Middle-earth from falling under the shadow of Sauron, but it will take the true king--Aragorn--to restore the world of men to its former glory. Aragorn must not merely help defeat Sauron or rule a great kingdom; he must serve as the agent of Gondor's renewal on both the material and spiritual levels. His destiny is inherent in his name: having entered Minas Tirith, Aragorn says: "`. . . for in the high tongue of old I am Elessar, the Elfstone, and Envinyatar, the Renewer'. . ." (RK, V, viii, 141). It is made clear throughout J.R.R. Tolkien's novel that Aragorn is a character conscious of his destiny and determined to fulfill it. In contrast, the Aragorn of Peter Jackson's film version of The Lord of the Rings is far less certain about his destiny; he is a more modern, self-doubting hero.1 These two versions of Aragorn both arrive at the same narrative resolution, namely, becoming the king who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tolkien Studies West Virginia University Press

Councils and Kings: Aragorn's Journey Towards Kingship in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien Studies, Volume 6 (1) – Jun 14, 2009

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JUDY ANN FORD AND ROBIN ANNE REID ithin The Lord of the Rings the return of the king to Gondor is secondary, yet independently important, to the main plot of the destruction of the Ring. Destroying the Ring will save Middle-earth from falling under the shadow of Sauron, but it will take the true king--Aragorn--to restore the world of men to its former glory. Aragorn must not merely help defeat Sauron or rule a great kingdom; he must serve as the agent of Gondor's renewal on both the material and spiritual levels. His destiny is inherent in his name: having entered Minas Tirith, Aragorn says: "`. . . for in the high tongue of old I am Elessar, the Elfstone, and Envinyatar, the Renewer'. . ." (RK, V, viii, 141). It is made clear throughout J.R.R. Tolkien's novel that Aragorn is a character conscious of his destiny and determined to fulfill it. In contrast, the Aragorn of Peter Jackson's film version of The Lord of the Rings is far less certain about his destiny; he is a more modern, self-doubting hero.1 These two versions of Aragorn both arrive at the same narrative resolution, namely, becoming the king who

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