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

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His Original Nickname was Trotter

Aragorn Strider

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When we meet Aragorn, he’s first referred to as Strider. That’s not his given name, but it fits him like a glove. Originally, though, J.R.R. Tolkien wanted to give Aragorn the nickname “Trotter” instead. This nickname was supposed to be based on the noise his wooden shoes made when he walked.

Instead, Tolkien went with something a little sleeker. Aragorn is a creature of the forest, capable of moving quickly and stealthily. If his shoes made an awful racket, that would be much harder to do. Aragorn is a strider in the truest sense, capable of moving swiftly and quietly.

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