Re: [mythsoc] Aragorn
- On Fri, Aug 10, 2001 at 04:46:59PM -0400, Stolzi@... wrote:
>Being a Ranger, wouldn't he have carried a hunting knife or long
> Tolkien says explicitly in a letter (No. 210, numbered point 10) that Aragorn
> carried the Broken Sword with him in the wilderness, not another, more
> functional one - which strikes me as extremely improvident, to say the least!
> What other weapons did he have? Isn't it stated somewhere else that he
> did not fight with a bow?
> What did he carry, grenades?
> Diamond Proudbrook
knife or some such? It also seems likely to me that he would have
carried a walking staff while walking. I don't find either described
right off, but they seem like they'd fit, to me.
- In a message dated 8/10/01 6:24:00 PM Central Daylight Time,
> Being a Ranger, wouldn't he have carried a hunting knife or longProbably; but neither of these is major weaponry against the menaces in the
> knife or some such? It also seems likely to me that he would have
> carried a walking staff while walking.
Wild to which he darkly alludes.
- --- In mythsoc@y..., Stolzi@a... wrote:
> Tolkien says explicitly in a letter (No. 210, numbered point 10)Sorry if this has already been posted, but what Tolkien actually
> that Aragorn carried the Broken Sword with him in the wilderness,
> not another, more functional one - which strikes me as extremely
> improvident, to say the least!
wrote in that letter was:
Strider does not 'Whip out a sword' in the book. Naturally not: his
swprd was broken. (It's elvish light is another false anticipation
of the reforged Anduril. Anticipation is one of Z's chief faults.)
Why then make him do so here, in a contest that was explicitly not
fought with weapons?
The context from points 9 and 11 implies strongly that Tolkien was
commenting on a scene from the Weathertop incident in the Morton
Grady Zimmerman script. He is, therefore, only referring to
Aragorn's weaponless state at the time that he and the Hobbits were
Tolkien never explains, in any published work I have seen, why
Aragorn just happened to be carrying the broken sword. He apparently
used a whole weapon while working for Echthelion, Steward of Gondor,
because he fought a duel with the Captain of the Havens in Umbar and
slew his opponent upon the quays. Either Aragorn was a martial
artist of the Hong Kong school, or he carried other weapons when he
Of course, he knew he couldn't lead Frodo through a band of Orcs and
Nazgul. He was after stealth. I've occasionally speculated that
Aragorn's unexplained errand in the spring of 3018 may have been to
visit Rivendell and/or the Dunedain to retrieve the shards of Narsil.