Kim in SouthGa Posted January 17, 2012 Share Posted January 17, 2012 This is the LOTR my son did for an online class. Teacher's comments are in bold. This is the problem we have been struggling with for over a year-has the structure down but can't flesh it out. Suggestions? “From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring, Renewed shall be the blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.” (p.213). Gandalf wrote this riddle about Aragorn, son of Arathorn and heir to the throne of Gondor. He wasn’t ready for the throne so he joined the Rangers. Aragorn escorted Frodo half way to Mt. Doom, then they split up and Aragorn went with Legolas and Gimili. His legitimacy as heir to the throne was in question, but his adventures brought out his kingly qualities. Aragorn’s response to the trials he faced during his journey proved that he had all the great qualities of a king: leadership, courage, and battle skills. (Good transition and thesis) A king needs to be a good leader. (Maybe offer a few examples to back this statement up) In the Mines of Moria, Aragorn stepped into the role of the leader of the Fellowship after Gandalf fell. Aragorn said, “Come! I will lead you now! We must obey his last command. Follow me!” (p. 411). Only someone with the heart of a king would take command like that. While in the Paths of the Dead, Aragorn told the spirits there, “The hour has come at last. Now I go to Pelargir upon Anduin, and ye shall come after me. And when all this land is clean of the servants of Sauron, I will hold the oath fulfilled, and ye shall have peace and depart forever. For I am Elessar, Isildur’s heir of Gondor.” (p.772). Starting with Gandalf’s “death”, Aragorn’s trials forced him to embrace the role as leader of the Fellowship. His natural ability of being a leader confirms that he is the true heir of Isildur. (pretty good, but you could push the analysis further) A king also needs courage. Aragorn showed much courage at Helm’s Deep. He “stood above the great gates, heedless of the darts of the enemy.” (p.527). The Uruk-hai did not faze him one bit. “So great a power of royalty was revealed in Aragorn, as he stood there alone above the ruined gates before the host of enemies, that many of the wild men paused.” (p.528). As if his courage wasn’t enough, his very aura stopped enemies in their tracks. Aragorn also showed courage while the lords were debating about attacking the Black Gate. He said, “As I have begun, so I will go on. We come now to the very brink, where hope and despair are akin. To waver is to fall. Let none now reject the councils of Gandalf, whose long labors against Sauron come at last to their test. But for him all would long ago have been lost. Nonetheless I do not yet claim to command any man. Let others choose as they will.” (p. 862). Aragorn was prepared to risk his very life for Frodo and Middle-Earth. He had courage, the courage of a king. One final quality a king needs is skill in battle. Aragorn showed plenty of that. In Helm’s Deep, Aragorn “Charg[ed] from the side, [and then] hurled [himself] upon the wild men, Anduril rose and fell, gleaming with white fire. A shout went up from wall and tower: ‘Anduril! Anduril goes to war. The Blade that was broken shines again!’” (p. 521). Aragorn’s sword rose and fell, slaughtering any enemy in his path. Also at Helm’s Deep, “A broad stairway climbed from the Deep up to the Rock and the rear-gate of the Hornburg. Near the bottom stood Aragorn, In his hand still Anduril gleamed, and the terror of the sword for awhile held back the enemy, as one by one all who could gain the stair passed up towards the citadel.” (p. 525). Aragorn’s skill in battle held the enemy long enough for everyone else to retreat into the citadel. Aragorn also fought well at the Battle of Pelennor Fields. It is said “[He] was unscathed, for such was [his] fortune and the skill and might of [his] arms, and few indeed had dared to abide [him] or look on [his] face in the hour of [his] wrath.” (p. 830). His skill is so great, that the enemy’s weapons never even touched him. Aragorn had the skill in battle other kings yearn for.(good point, but why is this a necessary skill for a king? Elaborate on this more. Maybe consider citing other LotR leaders?) Aragorn showed many kingly qualities in Lord of the Rings. He showed leadership in the Mines of Moria and Paths of the Dead. He showed courage in Helm’s Deep and the Black Gate. He also showed skill in battle at Helm’s Deep and Pelennor Fields. Aragorn endeavored greatly to prove his worth as a king, mostly for personal growth. At first, he wasn’t ready for the throne, but his time as a ranger and his undertakings with the Fellowship helped mold him into the rightful king of Gondor. (Yes! Great connection over here!) Comments: Your points are very clear and you've got the overall structure down great. Good job! As you continue writing though, remember to elaborate on each point so that everything is covered completely, and there isn't any room for readers to have questions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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