Gathering Together


"Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and

the bright blade of Anduril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. “Elendil!” he

cried. “I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dunadan, the

heir of Isildur Elendil's son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is

reforged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” (The Two Towers, page


Aragorn: The Exiled, The Stranger, The King

Aragorn, son of Arathorn, Isildur's heir goes into self-exile to help the Rangers,

(the Numenor) to protect the northern territories of ancient Gondor. The stewards of

Gondor keep their lands safe, awaiting the prophesied return of their king. When we first

meet Aragorn, it is not as Aragorn, but as Strider. The innkeeper of the Prancing Pony,

Mr. Butterbur, in Bree, describes Strider as "dangerous". Strider, for all his talents as

guide, scout and natural leader, would rather follow than lead. He fears, one would

assume, the blood of Isildur, which runs through his veins, for it was through pride that

Isildur did not destroy the Ring of Power when he had the chance. Aragorn fears making

the wrong decisions, yet at the same time he is wiling to fight to the death to protect those

under his charge.

When the sword that was broken, Narsil, is remade in Rivendell, Aragorn realizes

that the quest of the Ring is one that will lead him to his own destiny of becoming the

true King of Gondor. In many ways, he reminds me of David or Jonathan in the Bible.

They were both royal in God's eyes, yet humble in their own. Jonathan, son of King Saul,

was more righteous than his father. Yet, because of his father's sins, the throne went to

David. David was a shepherd, not a king, and it took him a while to get used to the idea,

just like Aragorn.

God chooses us according to His desires and needs, then equips us with what we

have need. In Aragorn's case, it is the remade sword Narsil, symbol of his rightful heir to

Gondor's throne, and guidance, in that he is enabled to pass through the Paths of the

Dead, clearly a type of death and resurrection. The sword, of course, to the Christian, is

the Word of God. It is not only our weapon against the enemy, but the symbol of our

rightful claim, in Christ, as heirs in Him and in His kingship.

Once Aragorn passes through the Paths of the Dead, he arrives at Gondor at a

time in which they are in great need. So shall the returning of our Lord and King also be.

The world shall be in such turmoil that we won't be able to believe the valiant among us

can take another onslaught. Then, just when we have decided that our only course is to

die gloriously upon the battlefield of faith, our Lord shall descend. He has already passed

through the Paths of the Dead, and there he has set the captives free.

Jesus came in humility, yet not denying his true divinity. Yet His following was

great, in power, if not in number. The Fellowship of the Twelve, like the Fellowship of

the Nine, changes their world. By the power of God we can still change the world, just as

the Fellowship changed the course of Middle Earth, or the Twelve turned ours around.

"And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the

lightning: and the LORD GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of

the south. The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with

sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be

filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. And the LORD their God shall save them

in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up

as an ensign upon his land. For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty!

Corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids." (Zech. 9:14-17