"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