Dúnedain Rangers of the North
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Author:  Hanasian [ March 4th, 2017, 8:21 pm ]
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The Dunedain of the North...

Much history is written of them. From an equal kingdom with Gondor, to its partition into three kingdom states of Rhuadur, Cardolan, and Arthedain, to each state's eventual destruction by the sustained pressure from the Witch King of Angmar. With the downfall of Fornost Erain, the capitol of Arthedain, in late 1974 of the Third Age and the loss of King Arvedui in the frozen north, the Dunedain of the North were much weakened, and the remnants of the people became wanderers of the wild of the old lands. But the continuous watch of the Rangers for more than a millennia helped keep the former lands of Arnor as peaceful as possible. Finally, Aragorn returned as the King of both Kingdoms. (All of which was swept under the rug by PJ's fanfic. Anyway, I wont go on my usual rant about that.)

This is about the Dunedain Rangers after they came into being in 1976 of the Third Age. I believe this is just about everything mentioned about the Dunedain Rangers of the North in the various books. Let me know if there are some I missed.

"Few now remember them ... yet still some go wandering, sons of forgotten kings walking in loneliness, guarding from evil things folk that are heedless."

-Tom Bombadil … The Fellowship of the Ring- Fog on the Barrow-downs

Rangers - The Dúnedain of the North after the fall of the North Kingdom, secret guardians of Eriador

-Unfinished Tales, index

"…the Dúnedain of the North, ……..a strange people wandering secretly in the wild, and other men knew not their homes nor the purpose of their journeys, and save in Imladris, in the House of Elrond, their ancestry was forgotten.

-Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age

When the kingdom ended the Dúnedain passed into the shadows and became a secret and wandering people, and their deeds and labours were seldom sung or recorded. Little is now remembered of them since Elrond departed....

-Lord of the Rings, Appendix A

In the wild lands beyond Bree there were mysterious wanderers. The Bree folk called them Rangers and knew nothing of their origin. They were taller and darker than the Men of Bree and were believed to have strange powers of sight and hearing, and to understand the language of beasts and birds. They roamed at will southwards and eastwards even as far as the Misty Mountains; but they were now few and rarely seen.

-Lord of the Rings, At the Sign of the Prancing Pony

"I have thirty with me." said Halbarad "That is all of our kindred that could be gathered in haste."

-Lord of the Rings, The Passing of the Grey Company

When the Nazgul came to Sarn Ford and tried to enter the Shire:
They came to Sarn Ford and the southernmost borders of the Shire. They found them guarded, for the Rangers barred their way.……some fled northward … Some still dared to bar the ford and held it while the day lasted.

-Unfinished Tales, The Hunt for the Ring

Aragorn speaks of some of their ways:
"There is food in the wild,’ said Strider "berry, root and herb; and I have some skill as a hunter at need."

-Lord of the Rings, A Knife in the Dark

Aragorn is described as such:
He wore high boots of supple leather that fitted him well……A travel-stained cloak of heavy dark green cloth was drawn closely about him……he wore a hood that overshadowed his face;……..a shaggy head flecked with grey, and in a pale, stern face a pair of keen grey eyes.

-Lord of the Rings, Strider

It's mentioned:
Strider was content with a single cloak

-Lord of the Rings, A Knife in the Dark

When when the fellowship left Rivendell:
Aragorn had Anduril, but no other weapon, and he went forth clad only in rusty green and brown, as a Ranger in the wilderness.

-Lord of the Rings, The Ring Goes South

A description of Halbarad's company of Rangers:
A little apart the Rangers sat, silent, in an ordered company, armed with spear and bow and sword. They were clad in cloaks of dark grey, and their hoods were cast now over helm and head. Their horses were strong and of proud bearing, but rough-haired;…….There was no gleam of stone or gold, nor any fair thing in all their gear or harness; nor did their riders bear any badge or token, save only that each cloak was pinned upon the left shoulder by a brooch of silver shaped like a rayed star.

-Lord of the Rings, The Passing of the Grey Company

Rangers looked out for each other in the wild:
’Rangers have been here lately. It is they who left the firewood behind.

-Lord of the Rings, A Knife in the Dark


This has to be one of my favourite passages from the Lord of the Rings books....

From Chapter II of Return of the King. Passing of the Grey Company.

... They had not long passed the mounds at the Fords of Isen, when a Rider galloped up from the back of their line.

'My Lord,' he said to the king. 'there are horsemen behind us. As we crossed the fords I thought that I heard them. Now we are sure. They are overtaking us, riding hard.'

Theoden at once called a halt. The Riders turned about and seized their spears. Aragorn dismounted and set Merry on the ground, and drawing his sword he stood by the king's stirrup. Eomer and his esquire rode back to the rear. Merry felt more like unneeded baggage than ever, and he wondered, if there was a fight, what he should do. Supposing the king's small escort was trapped and overcome but he escaped into the darkness - alone in the wild fields of Rohan with no idea of where he was in all the endless miles? 'No good' he thought. He drew his sword and tightened his belt.

The sinking moon was obscured by a great sailing cloud, but suddenly it rode out clear again. Then they all heard the sound of hoofs, and at the same moment they saw dark shapes coming swiftly on the path from the fords. The moonlight glinted here and there on the points of spears. The number of the pursuers could not be told, but they seemed no fewer than the king's escort, at the least.

When they were some fifty paces off, Eomer cried out in a loud voice : 'Halt! Halt! Who rides in Rohan?'

The pursuers brought their steeds to a sudden stand. A silence followed; and then in the moonlight, a horseman could be seen dismounting and walking slowly forward. His hand showed white as he held it up, palm outward, in token of peace; but the king's men gripped their weapons. At ten paces the man stopped. He was tall, a dark standing shadow. Then his clear voice rang out.

'Rohan? Rohan did you say? That is a glad word. We seek that land in haste from long afar.'

'You have found it.'
said Eomer. 'When you crossed the fords yonder you entered it. But it is the realm of Theoden the King. None ride here save by his leave. Who are you? And what is your haste?'

'Halbarad Dunedain, Ranger of the North I am.'
cried the man 'We seek one Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and we heard that he was in Rohan.'

'And you have found him also!'
cried Aragorn. Giving his reigns to Merry, he ran forward and embraced the newcomer. 'Halbarad!' he said. 'Of all joys this is the least expected!'

Merry breathed a sigh of relief. He thought that this was some last trick of Saruman's, to waylay king while he had only a few men about him; but it seemed there would be no need to die in Theoden's defence, not yet at any rate. He sheathed his sword.

'All is well.' said Aragorn, turning back. 'Here are some of my own kin from the far land where I dwelt. But why they come, and how many they be, Halbarad shall tell us.'

'I have thirty with me.'
said Halbarad. 'That is all of our kindred that could be gathered in haste; but the brethren Elladan and Elrohir have ridden with us, desiring to go to the war. We rode swiftly as we might when your summons came.'

'But I did not summon you,' said Aragorn, 'save only in wish.My thoughts have often turned to you, and seldom more than tonight; yet I have sent no word. But come! All such matters must wait. You find us riding in haste and danger. Ride with us now, if the king will give his leave.'

Theoden was indeed glad of the news. 'It is well!' he said. 'If these kinsmen be in any way like to yourself, my lord Aragorn, thirty such knights will be a strength that cannot be counted by heads.'

Then the Riders set out again, and Aragorn for a while rode with the Dunedain; and when they had spoken of tidings in the North and in the South, Elrohir said to him :

'I bring word to you from my father : "The Days are short. If thou art in haste, remember the Paths of the Dead."'

'Always my days have seemed to me short to achieve my desire.'
answered Aragorn. 'But great indeed will be my haste ere I take that road.'

'That will soon be seen.'
said Elrohir. 'But let us speak no more of these things upon the open road!'

And Aragorn said to Halbarad : 'What is that that you bear, kinsman?'
For he saw that instead of a spear he bore a tall staff, as it were a standard, but it was close-furled in a black cloth bound about with many thongs.

'It is a gift that I bring you from the Lady of Rivendell.' answered Halbarad. 'She wrought it in secret, and long was the making. But she also sends word to you : "The days now are short. Either our hope cometh, or all hopes end. Therefore I send thee what I have made for thee. Fare well Elfstone!"'

And Aragorn said : 'Now I know what you bear. Bear it still for me a while!' And he turned and looked away to the North under the great stars, and then he fell silent and spoke no more while the night's journey lasted.


Author:  Hanasian [ March 4th, 2017, 8:38 pm ]
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~ The Line of Dunedain Chieftains ~

Here is a write-up of the ascention of the Dunedain Rangers

(poached from the Dunedain Rangers facebook group)

Aranarth (T.A. 1938/41–2106) would have been King of Arnor at the death of his father Arvedui in T.A. 1975. When Aranarth was still a youth by the standards of his people, the Witch-king of Angmar destroyed the Northern Kingdom, overrunning Fornost. Most of the people, including Aranarth, fled to Lindon, but the King Arvedui went north to the Ice-Bay of Forochel. At Aranarth's urging, Círdan sent a ship to rescue Arvedui, but this ship never returned. It was later learned that the ship had sunk with Arvedui on board. By right, this made Aranarth now King of Arnor, but since his Kingdom had been destroyed he did not claim the title. Aranarth rode with the army of Gondor under Eärnur and saw the destruction of Angmar. Aranarth's people became known as the Rangers of the North (or Dúnedain), and he was the first of their Chieftains. In time, their origins were generally forgotten by the common people of Arnor. While the Rangers defended Arnor from the remnants of Angmar's evil, the Wizard Gandalf went to Dol Guldur, and drove out Sauron the Necromancer. Thus began the period known as the Watchful Peace, a time where attacks by the enemy were few and far between. All of Aranarth's successors were raised in Rivendell by Elrond while their fathers lived in the wild; each was given a name with the Kingly prefix of Ar(a)-, to signify that by right he would be King of Arnor.

Arahael (2002–2177) succeeded his father Aranarth in 2106. During his rule evil lessened, as it was the time of the Watchful Peace, and the Dúnedain slowly recovered. However, Arnor remained mostly unpopulated, and the city of Fornost was not resettled, going to ruin.Aranuir (2084–2247) succeeded his father Arahael in 2177.

Aravir (2156–2319) succeeded his father Aranuir in 2247. During his rule the Watchful Peace slowly came to an end as Sauron returned to the north-west of Middle-earth, although his presence remained unknown.

Aragorn I (2227–2327) succeeded his father Aravir in T.A. 2319, but was killed by a pack of wild wolves in 2327. Wolves remained a threat to Eriador ever after, and the Rangers of the North had to fight them off many times. Aragorn II was his descendant and was named after him.

Araglas (2296–2455) succeeded his father Aragorn I in 2327, while still very young by the reckoning of his people.

Arahad I (2365–2523) succeeded his father Araglas in 2455. During his rule it was confirmed that Sauron had returned to Dol Guldur, and the Watchful Peace came to an end. In Rivendell the White Council was formed, of which he became a member, together with the Wizards and many Elf-lords. Some time later the Misty Mountains were once again invaded by the Orcs. Elrond's wife Celebrían was taken by Orcs and tortured. She later left Middle-earth for Valinor.

Aragost (2431–2588) succeeded his father Arahad I in 2523. His rule was an uneventful one, as the attention of the enemy was upon Gondor, where the Éothéod had settled the new realm of Rohan.

Aravorn (2497–2654) succeeded his father Aragost in 2588. During his rule Orc- and wolf-attacks continued, as the strength of Sauron slowly began to increase.

Arahad II (2563–2719), named for his great-grandfather Arahad I, succeeded his father Aravorn in 2654. During his rule the Hobbits of the Shire prospered under the protection by the Rangers, and the first pipe-weed was planted in the Shire's South Farthing. In the Shire, Isengrim II became the Thain and began digging the Great Smials.

Arassuil (2628–2784) succeeded his father Arahad II in 2719. During his rule the Orcs of the Misty Mountains became more bold, daring to invade Eriador. The Rangers fought many battles trying to hold them back, but one party of Orcs managed to reach the Shire, where they were fought off by a party of brave Hobbits under Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took. Also during his rule, many lives were lost in the Long Winter of 2758; Gandalf and the Rangers had to help the Hobbits of the Shire survive.

Arathorn I (2693–2848) succeeded his father Arassuil in 2784. His rule was largely uneventful, as the Dúnedain and other peoples of Eriador were recovering from the Long Winter. At the southern fringes of his realm great events occurred: the Dwarven King Thrór was slain by Azog, an Orc of Moria. From 2793–2799 the War of the Dwarves and Orcs was fought all through the Misty Mountains, as Dwarves from all Seven Houses gathered to avenge Thrór, the Heir of Durin. After the War ended in 2799 at the Battle of Nanduhirion Eriador was safe from Orcs for many years, which meant that the Rangers of the North had a relatively safe period, aside from fighting the occasional Orc refugee. Most Orcs fled south to Rohan, trying to settle the White Mountains. Arathorn was killed by wolves in 2848.

Argonui (2757–2912) succeeded his father Arathorn I in T.A. 2848. During his rule, Gandalf entered Dol Guldur and discovered that it was Sauron who ruled there as he long had feared, and not the Witch-king of Angmar his servant. Thráin II the Dwarf died after giving Gandalf a map and a key. The White Council met in 2850, where Gandalf urged an attack on Dol Guldur to drive Sauron out, but Saruman overruled him. In 2890 Bilbo Baggins was born in the Shire, son of Bungo of the respectable Baggins family, and Belladonna, daughter of the Old Took. At the end of Argonui's rule in 2911 the Fell Winter began and White Wolves invaded Eriador from the North, some of them crossing the frozen river Baranduin into the Shire. Argonui died in 2912, possibly as a result of the Fell Winter.

Arador (2820–2930) succeeded his father Argonui in 2912. This was after the Fell Winter, and great floods devastated Enedwaith and Minhiriath. The city of Tharbad at the southern end of the former realm of Arnor was ruined and deserted. In 2930 Arador was captured and killed by Hill-Trolls north of Rivendell.

Arathorn II (2873–2933) married Gilraen, a descendant of Aranarth, though her father Dírhael initially opposed the union as he foresaw that Arathorn would have a short life. The couple had one son, Aragorn (born T.A. 2931). Arathorn II succeeded his father Arador as Chieftain in 2930 but was killed by Orcs three years later at the age of 60.

Aragorn II (T.A. 2931-F.A. 120), one of the major characters in The Lord of the Rings, was born in T.A. 2931. His father was killed two years later. He came of age in T.A. 2951, and assumed lordship of the Dúnedain of Arnor. He was a member of the Company of the Ring and fought in the War of the Ring. In T.A. 3019 he was crowned King Elessar of the Reunited Kingdom of Gondor and Arnor (Aragorn was an descendant of Fíriel, a princess of Gondor who married prince Arvedui of Fornost a few generations before the line of the kings of Gondor ended). The same year Aragorn married Arwen, daughter of Elrond. Their son, Eldarion, succeeded him as king. In Eldarion the two bloodlines of the Half-elven were reunited, Arwen being the daughter of the immortal Elrond and Aragorn the 60th-generation descendant of Elrond's mortal twin brother, Elros.


There is a good
Dunedain thread discussing their use of Sindarin as a language.

Author:  Deumeawyn [ May 12th, 2017, 7:57 pm ]
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Since my character in the Roadhouse is married to a Dunedain Ranger, I'm doing some reading up on them. Thanks for all the info!

Author:  Hanasian [ October 4th, 2017, 6:06 pm ]
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Glad this helps. :)
I'm in the process of gathering names given to the thirty Rangers in various RPs and fanfic stories around the interwebs just to see if I can get 30. So far I'm up to 16, of which a half dozen are my own creations. Anyway, this is down in the fanfic section.

Author:  Captain Boromir [ October 19th, 2017, 11:14 pm ]
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If you want you could add the names of the rangers in War in the North that Halbarad leads at Sarn Ford. Here is their names if you are interested.
Eradan, (The ranger you can be in the game.)
I don't know if you would want to count this one but I will post it in case.
This is the surgeon Silanna.
And of course you know this guy but I thought I would show him.
Hope this is a help.

Author:  Hanasian [ October 20th, 2017, 3:24 am ]
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Yes, I'll throw them on the list of Rangers with a notation 'War In The North'. :)

Author:  Captain Boromir [ October 20th, 2017, 12:44 pm ]
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Ok cool!

Author:  Hanasian [ September 4th, 2021, 7:03 pm ]
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Digging to find this thread...

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