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                                                                                       (Viggo Mortensen)


   Aragorn was born on March 1st, TA 2931, to Arathorn and Gilraen. Aragorn was the heir to the throne of Gondor, the one of the lands of Men. When Aragorn's father died when Aragorn was young, his mother took him Rivendell, where he was raised by Elrond Halfelven. There, at the age of 20, Aragorn fell in love with Elrond's daughter Arwen. Elrond told Aragorn that he would not let his daughter marry any man less than the king of both Gondor and Arnor (two of the lands of Men), so Aragorn went into the wild. He met Gandalf long ago and assisted him through many perils. He met Frodo at the Prancing Pony Inn in the village of Bree, where Frodo almost mistook him for a servant of the Enemy. Aragorn was originally introduced to the hobbits as Strider, and the hobbits had no idea that he was the heir of kings until they reached Rivendell. At the Council of Elrond, Aragorn offered his sword to Frodo and became a member of the fellowship. After Gandalf fell, he led the Fellowship through the rest of Moria and into the woods of Lothlorien. When Frodo and Sam left the company to go by themselves to Mordor, Aragorn made the choice to track Merry and Pippin, who had been captured by the Uruk-hai. Legolas and Gimli went with him. Aragorn met Eomer of Rohan along the way, and Eomer told him that he and his riders had killed the Uruk-hai and that it was doubtful that the hobbits were still alive. Aragorn continued to look for the hobbits, and was reunited with Gandalf, who assured them that the hobbits were safe. Aragorn then abandoned the search and followed Gandalf to Edoras, capitol of Rohan. Aragorn fought and won many battles during the War of the Ring, including Helm's Deep, the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, and the Last Battle before the Gates of Mordor. After the War, he married Arwen Undomiel and ruled as king for many years. He had one son, Eldarion, and a number of daughters. Aragorn was called "Elessar" when he took the throne. The name means Elf-stone, in reference to the green stone that Galadriel gave him. Aragorn is described by Tolkien as having dark hair and grey eyes, and being very tall. The name Aragorn means "Royal Tree", referring to the White Tree of Gondor, planted by Aragorn's ancestors.