40 Little-Known Facts About Aragorn from Lord of the Rings
He’s Clean-Shaven in the Books
Viggo Mortensen gave Aragorn a bit of scruff, in part so that he could be distinguished from the film’s many clean-shaven characters. That scruff gives Aragorn a somewhat rougher look. He’s not as immaculately manicured as the elves, or as boyish as the hobbits. The scruff feels like a natural fit for the character.
The ruggedness of Aragorn’s face does make it slightly harder to imagine him as king, though. Even so, the choice to give Aragorn a more unkempt appearance was definitely the right one. It makes him look like a man of the people, willing to work and fight for them.