Book Meme Challenge:
Favorite Male Character
Oh dear. I must choose between all my dreamy beloveds? No! Don’t make me!
I have a bad habit of falling in love with literary heroes, to such an extent that the only real life man to stand out in comparison is my dad.
Benedick, Lord Perter Wimsey, Captain Wentworth, Lord Percy Blakeney, Wizard Howl, Glorfindel, Horatio Hornblower, High King Peter, Eomer, Sir Gawain, Taran, Curdie, Moist Von Lipwig . . . . et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
They are all strong, smart, dedicated, manly men. (Well, maybe excepting Wizard Howl.)
In fact, I wrote out and accidentally schedule-published an entire rhapsody over my future husband, Captain Wentworth. (You may have read that already. Sorry! I promise that it will reappear at some later point!) But then I slept, (for the first time in 21 hours,) worked long hours at a silly restaurant, and realized that my late night attempts at preparation neglected to properly address the holy, awe-full, (as in inspiring full awe,) man who is,
(AKA: Strider, Estel, Longshanks, Dunadan, Elessar, and Thorongil.)
I am most silly. And insane.
(Finals will be officially and completely finished this Tuesday.)
Need I say more?
All right, in short:
Aragorn is patient, bad-ass, devoted, thoughtful, strong, has leadership, charisma, the ability to make tough decisions, faithful beyond the shadow of a doubt.
And I would like to differentiate between the book Aragorn and the movie Aragorn. I loved the movie, really. It was gorgeous, dramatic, epic, soul-sweeping, and fun. But it did make several character changes to which I object.
First and foremost was that the movie Aragorn tried to reject his birth right. He was a nice modern man practicing what commonly passes for humility.
(Side Note: Someday, I swear, we will write a thoughtful, organized article on the proper confines, motivations, and attitudes of Christian humility, pride, and egotism. I promise. We even have a working title . . . )
Real Aragorn knew who he was, what he was capable of, and what he was called to do. This included kingship. He embraced the path laid out for him, gracefully taking responsibility, planning ahead, seeking the necessary education, forming the relationships that would guide his quest, and always turning his heart towards his one true love. He did not separate his vocation from his sense of identity.
Also, he could kill an Uruk-hai single-handed. That deserves awesomeness points.
Another point about movie Aragorn is that he had some pretty sappy lines. Would a King who just led a historically momentous battle and reclaimed his throne after hundreds of years then give a speech amounting to “Let us join hands and prance around the maypole”?
Real Aragorn was lyrical and sentimental, but not quite in the same vein;
“‘Gondor! Gondor, between the Mountains and the Sea! West Wind blew there; the light upon the Silver Tree Fell like bright rain in gardens of the Kings of old. O Gondor, Gondor! Shall Men behold the Silver Tree, Or West Wind blow again between the Mountians and the sea? “
Aragorn is equally at home camping out or in elegant settings. He can strategize or diplomatic just as well as he can obliterate cave trolls. He can carefully choose a difficult course of action, and then follow through. He can read the hearts of men, (and women,) and offer a prudent response.
And as such, he devastatingly attractive.
Aragorn as one of the Christ figures of the book is the warrior Christ; the man who guards, loves, suffers, and rejoices for his fellow-man. He is beautiful. He is a man to love, and a man to imitate.