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40 Little-Known Facts About Aragorn from Lord of the Rings

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He Was Inspired by Real-Life Kings

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Aragorn and the world of Middle Earth are both fictional, but that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t based on actual kings. J.R.R. Tolkien’s main source of inspiration for the character was the Anglo-Saxon King Oswald of Northumbria, but that wasn’t his only inspiration.

The character was also inspired by King Arthur as well as some aspects of Edward the Confessor and Alfred the Great. Because history is so long, there are plenty of real kings to base characters on. Of course, King Arthur doesn’t exactly fit that bill, but there aren’t many fictional kings who don’t have some aspects of that character in them.

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