My favorite character in the Lord of the Rings is Aragorn. We see him in the Fellowship of the Ring initially, hiding out in the shadows as a Ranger. He is the heir to the throne of Gondor and the rightful king. He instantly stepped in to protect Frodo and his Hobbit friends and was their staunchest ally all the way to the final battle at the Black Gate of Mordor, when the Ring of Power was finally destroyed in the fiery chasm of the mountain. Essentially bringing an end to the uprising of evil and bringing peace to the Middle Earth.
What I love about Aragorn’s journey is his transition. There were no doubts about his abilities, strength, devotion and passion. He just wasn’t sure of himself.
He had the love of Arwen – daughter of Elrond, who was not keen on her loving a mortal. He knew that, Aragorn’s journey was finite and Arwen’s was immortal and he didn’t want her to face an eternity of pain and Aragorn transitioned. Arwen loved him enough that she was willing to give up her immortality to share love with him. Who can forget her statement of her love for him: “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.”
Aragorn loved her deeply and was torn as he didn’t feel he could give her what she deserved and didn’t want to take her immortality away.
Elrond was observing the whole process and, loved his daughter so much that he was willing to support her in having the love that she desired. And recognized what needed to be done to wake Aragorn up to his destiny.
“From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows will spring; renewed shall be the blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”
The sword of the king of Gondor, shattered by Sauron in battle 3000 years ago, needed to be remade.
Elrond showed up in the king of Rohan’s tent to speak to Aragorn and shared that his daughter was dying. Aragorn’s love was key to her survival, and Aragorn stepping into his destiny was the key for him.
Aragorn was still unsure of himself, stating “I give hope to men – I keep none for myself.”
Elrond advised Aragorn to take the Dimholt Road and enlist the help of the dead soldiers of Gondor. When Aragorn said “they are traitors & murderers, they answer to no one”, the Aragorn moment happened:
Elrond produced the kings sword – Anduril – handed it out to Aragorn and exclaimed “They will answer to the king of Gondor!” Then “Put aside the Ranger and become who you were born to be.”
Aragorn accepted and rode off to the Dimholt Road and his destiny. Aragorn, enlisted the help of the Gondor soldiers living in limbo, and defeated the armies attacking Gondor. He then led the charge to divert the Orcs so Frodo and Sam could complete their mission.
Ultimately, Aragorn was crowned king of Gondor and Arwen joined him to rule in peace.
We all have a destiny – a greatness – that is ours to step into. Sometimes we are challenged to do so. Sometimes a life event puts us in a situation where we have no choice but to find our power. And other times we wake up and simply start living in a higher way.
The key is to be open, be willing and, when your Aragorn moment happens, claim that which is yours and live your destiny.