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Dates
Aragorn was known as the 'Eagle of the Star' from III 2957 to III 2980 (23 years)
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Fought in the service of Rohan and later Gondor
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Meaning
A translation of Thorongil, a name given to Aragorn by the Men of Gondor1
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Eagle of the Star

Aragorn's alias in the southern lands

In his youth, Aragorn travelled south to Rohan and Gondor, and fought there for King Thengel and Steward Ecthelion II. At that time he concealed his true name and descent, and became known as Thorongil, with the meaning 'Eagle of the Star'. The 'Star' here was his badge, the silver star-brooch worn by the Rangers, and referred to as the Star of the Dúnedain.


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Aragorn was known as the 'Eagle of the Star' by his fellow soldiers in Gondor, because he was as swift and sharp-eyed as an Eagle, and bore the Star of the Dúnedain on his cloak. Decades later, Aragorn would bear the Elessar in a brooch shaped like an Eagle, given as a gift from Galadriel. This seems to be simple coincidence, though perhaps the Men of Gondor were being unwittingly prophetic when they chose this name for Aragorn, or possibly Galadriel had heard of his exploits in Gondor and chose the brooch accordingly.

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