Strider is this stranger's name, or at least that's who he presents himself as when he runs into the hobbits at Bree. Because of Frodo's little disappearing act while dancing and singing for the people of Bree, he's caught on to who Frodo is, and what he bears. He tells them that the Black Riders will be there shortly, and he Has them stay in his room. Sure enough, the Ringwraiths show up, expecting to kill the hobbits, but are enraged when they find that it is nothing more than pillows they are thrashing. Strider then takes them into the wild and guides them to Rivendell. He knows this best because he is a ranger, and has lived in the wild. However, they are caught in Weathertop, and Frodo is stabbed with a wraith blade. Now their speed needs to hasten, as a piece of the blade broke off, and is digging it's way to Frodo's heart. If that happens, he will turn into a Wraith himself. Luckily, they meet an elf along the way, that lends Frodo his horse when they find that they are being followed closely by relentless Black Riders. When they reach Rivendell, and Frodo is able to recover, they hold a secret council: The Council of Elrond. There, Strider reveals that he is Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and that Isildur, his ancestor, cut the ring from Sauron's hand. He is revealed as heir to the throne of Gondor. They decide that the only way the ring can be dealt with is by destroying it. They make a company of nine, Aragorn pledges to protect Frodo, as his fate is bound to the ring, and he wants to see it destroyed. However, when the fellowship breaks up, and Frodo and Sam have left, he, Legolas, and Gimli decide to follow the orcs that took Merry and Pippin. Their chase is relentless. They follow the traces of the two hobbits into Fangorn Forest, where they see the white wizard. Thinking it's Saruman, they prepare to attack, but the wizard is on his toes, and overpowers them. Then as they come face to face with him, they see it's Gandalf! Back from where they thought he would never come back from. He tells them Merry and Pippin are safe, and that they need to go to Rohan to see Theoden. After they see him, and see the spell Saruman has cast on the King, Gandalf releases the spell, and Wormtongue is chased away. Theoden, now able to make decisions on his own, decide to move his people into Helm's Deep, as Saruman will be attacking them soon. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli go and fight in this heated battle. Just as things are looking very grim, Aragorn, Theoden, and the last of their good men decide to ride out and kill as many as they can before they're slain. But as the sun rises, a new army arrives. Gandalf has returned with Eomer and his army. The battle is won, but the war is not over. They then head for Minis Tirith, for it is under heavy attack. Aragorn does not want to reveal that he is the king just yet, not until the end. When all starts to look hopeless, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli set out to the Paths of the Dead. Just as the strike on Minis Tirith is coming to it's end, Aragorn arrives in a black ship. The orcs are very happy, thinking it's boats from Mordor, but Aragorn's flag goes up, and the real battle begins. After the battle is won, Aragorn takes his position as king, and marries Arwen. In the year 120 FO, the great king died, and Legolas and Gimli sailed away to the Grey Havens.
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