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Forum: The Books 09-22-2016, 04:28 AM
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Posted By Leaf
I agree with you. I could have dropped the...

I agree with you. I could have dropped the "royal". Political power and authority is always tied to the threat of physical force against recalcitrant members, or else it wouldn't be "power".
Forum: The Books 09-15-2016, 05:03 PM
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Posted By Leaf
First of all, thanks for your posts. They are a...

First of all, thanks for your posts. They are a great contribution to this thread.

Faramir Jones

I only have one addition to your insightful post.

You already covered the aspect of...
Forum: The Books 07-20-2016, 03:37 PM
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Posted By Leaf
An afterthought: I suspect that this problem...

An afterthought:

I suspect that this problem (if you are inclined to view it as such) stems from Tolkien's method or style of writing. He really excels when it comes to the reinterpretation of...
Forum: The Books 07-20-2016, 02:48 PM
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Posted By Leaf
Those practical objections all seem reasonable to...

Those practical objections all seem reasonable to me. They are (within the context of Middle-Earth) understandable answers to the posed question. My problem is that Tolkien didn't include them in the...
Forum: The Books 07-20-2016, 09:34 AM
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Posted By Leaf
I could never find a satisfactory answer to your...

I could never find a satisfactory answer to your question. As you say, theoretically every forefather could have tried to claim their right to the throne of Gondor. Your proposal makes sense since we...
Forum: The Books 07-20-2016, 04:10 AM
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Posted By Leaf
I disagree. What you are describing is more...

I disagree. What you are describing is more fitting to the character of movie-Aragorn. Book-Aragorn's duty is entirely his own doing. He wanted to become King Elessar from the start and did...
Forum: The Books 07-19-2016, 05:15 AM
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Posted By Leaf
Thanks for the additional quote from the Council...

Thanks for the additional quote from the Council of Elrond. It is indeed an important one as it contains the chief conflict between the ruling stewards and a potential claimant. Boromir and his...
Forum: The Books 07-16-2016, 05:23 AM
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Posted By Leaf
I did the same and here are some related passages...

I did the same and here are some related passages I could dig up.

There's the poem in Gandalf's letter to Frodo in the chapter Strider:



Aragorn's explanation
Forum: The Books 07-15-2016, 09:59 AM
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Posted By Leaf
Don't get me wrong. I don't think that...

Don't get me wrong. I don't think that book-Aragorn is some kind of zealot, or an aspirating tyrant. He's just as overbearing as the concept of absolute monarchy is in itself! I may have...
Forum: The Books 07-15-2016, 08:41 AM
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Posted By Leaf
I started to reflect on Aragorn's different...

I started to reflect on Aragorn's different interactions in Fellowship. If I'm not mistaken there's only one character that, by the end of the book, is not aware of his royal ambitions. That is,...
Forum: The Books 07-15-2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 40
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Posted By Leaf
It's true, Aragorn is a difficult character to...

It's true, Aragorn is a difficult character to get accustomed to. You outlined his vague backstory well enough. I think what it comes down to is this: There's two contradictory concepts within his...
Forum: The Books 07-15-2016, 08:12 AM
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Posted By Leaf
Yes, that's a good observation. The shifting in...

Yes, that's a good observation. The shifting in perspective most certainly requiered an altered character. A character more suitable for the typical Hollywood-esque protagonist. I find this to be...
Forum: The Books 07-15-2016, 02:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,632
Posted By Leaf
Aragorn's assertiveness

Allow me to start this Book discussion threat with an observation concerning PJ's portrail of Aragorn's character. The main difference between the character from the books and the movies lies in...
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