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

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He Took On a Different Name as a Child

Aragorn and Elrond

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Because Aragorn was the rightful heir to the throne of Gondor, his identity was kept a secret for many years from even him. In order to better disguise his identity, Elrond gave him the name Estel while he was a child. Estel means hope, so it was an apt name for Isildur’s heir.

While Aragorn doesn’t save Middle Earth on his own, it’s hard to argue that he didn’t play a huge role in saving the realm. His pseudonym was a sign of Elrond’s belief in him, even if their bond wasn’t perfect. Aragorn succeeded where Isildur failed, and banished Sauron’s evil from Middle Earth once and for all.

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