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'''Rangers of the North''', or simply '''the Rangers''', were the northern wandering people of [[Eriador]], the last remnant of the [[Dúnedain of Arnor]] who had once peopled the [[Arnor|North-kingdom]] of [[Arnor]]. They protected the lands they wandered although their secretiveness made other peoples consider them dangerous and distrustful in [[Bree]] and [[the Shire]], where they were known as "Watchers".
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They were grim in appearance and were usually dressed in grey or dark green, with a cloak-clasp shaped like an 6-pointed star.
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The term 'Rangers of the North' was used most often by those who lived in the southern lands of [[Rohan]] and [[Gondor]], perhaps to distinguish this people from their distant cousins, the [[Rangers of Ithilien]]. Like the Rangers of the North, these were also Dúnedain, but they belonged to the [[South-kingdom]] of [[Gondor]], and their ancestors had been divided from the Northern Dúnedain for some three thousand years.
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==Background==
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The Dúnedain of Arnor dwindled after the breaking of Arnor into three kingdoms and the wars with [[Angmar]]. [[Cardolan]] and [[Rhudaur]] soon fell and only the petty-kingdom of [[Arthedain]] maintained the noble line of [[Isildur]]. Finally, that too was destroyed in the [[Battle of Fornost]] and [[Arvedui]], the last King of Arthedain was lost in the sea.
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Arvedui's son and heir, [[Aranarth]] claimed the title of the [[Chieftain of the Dúnedain|Chieftain]], who would rule the remnants of his people. [[Elrond]] kept in his keeping the heirlooms of the house of [[Isildur]]: the shards of [[Narsil]], the [[Star of Elendil]], the [[Sceptre of Annúminas]] and later the [[Ring of Barahir]], ransomed from the [[Lossoth]].
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Each of Aranarth's heirs (who, like him, could trace his descent back to Isildur himself) would be secretly born and raised in [[Rivendell]].
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The Rangers became a secretive wandering and nomadic people around [[Eriador]], far from Sauron's spies, little known or remembered, and their deeds were seldom recorded.
  
'''Rangers of the North''' were the northern people more commonly known simply as the [[Rangers]], the last remnant of the [[Dúnedain of Arnor]] who had once peopled the [[North-kingdom]] of [[Arnor]].
 
 
==History==
 
==History==
The Dúnedain of Arnor dwindled after the breaking of Arnor into three kingdoms and the wars with [[Angmar]]. [[Cardolan]] and [[Rhudaur]] soon fell and only the petty-kingdom of [[Arthedain]] maintained the noble line of the West. Finally however, that too fell in the [[Battle of Fornost]] and [[Arvedui]], the last King of Arthedain was lost in the sea.
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The [[Watchful Peace]] followed the loss of Arnor and after its end, the enemies concentrated mostly against [[Rhovanion (Realm)|Rhovanion]] and [[Gondor]]. During that time, the Rangers fought minor battles and skirmishes against [[orcs]] and [[wolves]] in order to keep the region safe. The [[hobbits]] of [[the Shire]] flourished under their protection.
  
The Dúnedain of Arnor had no kingdom to dwell in and became a wandering people around [[Eriador]]. They were led by a line of [[Chieftain of the Dúnedain|Chieftains]], each of whom could trace his descent back to the [[Kings of Arnor]] and ultimately to [[Isildur]] himself.  
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During the rule of [[Arassuil]], 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 managed to reach the Shire, and were fought off by a party of brave Hobbits under [[Bandobras Took]] in {{TA|2747}}. Soon after, the [[Long Winter]] arrived and many lives were lost, and [[Gandalf]] and the Rangers had to help the Hobbits of the Shire survive.  
  
At the time of the [[War of the Ring]], the Chieftain was [[Aragorn II]], but the people he led were scattered and diminished. When [[Halbarad]] led a troop of the Rangers into the south to Aragorn's aid in the War, he could muster no more than thirty in this company.  
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In {{TA|2911|n}}, during [[Argonui]]'s rule, the [[Fell Winter]] began with the [[Brandywine]] freezing over. This was a catalyst for [[White Wolves]] invading Eriador from the North which must have harassed the Rangers. In the last year of his reign, great floods devastated [[Enedwaith]] and [[Minhiriath]] leaving [[Tharbad]] ruined and deserted.  The following years were peaceful although [[Arador]] was killed by [[hill-trolls]] and his son [[Arathorn II]] was killed while hunting orcs.
  
The term 'Rangers of the North' was used most often by those who lived in the southern lands of [[Rohan]] and [[Gondor]], perhaps to distinguish this people from their distant cousins, the [[Rangers of Ithilien]]. Like the Rangers of the North, these were also Dúnedain, but they belonged to the [[South-kingdom]] of [[Gondor]], and their ancestors had been divided from the Northern Dúnedain for some three thousand years.
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Arathorn's son, [[Aragorn|Aragorn II]] succeeded him, who between {{TA|2957|n}} to {{TA|2980|n}} took great journeys, serving in the armies of King [[Thengel]] of [[Rohan]], and Steward [[Ecthelion II]] of Gondor. Many of his tasks weakened [[Sauron]] and his allies, and the West endured him during the [[War of the Ring]].  
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At that time Aragorn's Rangers were scattered and diminished. When [[Halbarad]] led a troop of the Rangers into the south to Aragorn's aid in the War, in haste he could muster no more than thirty in this company who fought in the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields|Battle of Pelennor Fields]].
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Aragorn eventually became King Elessar of the [[Reunited Kingdom]] and the Rangers became once more a united people under the line of [[Elendil]] in the [[Fourth Age]].
  
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
 
== Portrayal in Adaptations ==
'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
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[[File:The Lord of the Rings War in the North - Rangers of the North.jpg|300px|thumb|Rangers of the North in ''[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]]''.]]'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
:The Rangers of the North are called simply Rangers in the game. They were some scattered about Middle-earth, but there were also many who were organized. There was a group that [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]] led to keep track of the Enemy's movement during ''[[Stirrings in the Darkness]]''.
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:The Rangers of the North are called simply Rangers in the game. There were some scattered about Middle-earth, but there were also many who were organized. There was a group that [[Aragorn]] led to keep track of the Enemy's movement during ''[[Stirrings in the Darkness]]''. The main Ranger factions in the game are the Rangers of Esteldín, the Wardens of [[Annúminas]], and the [[Grey Company]].
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'''2011: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]]'':'''
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:The Rangers of the North first appear in the Prologue of the game. They have set up several barricades at [[Sarn Ford]] to prevent the [[Nazgûl]] from entering [[the Shire]]. They, however, fail to maintain their positions and are defeated.<ref>[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]], ''Prologue''</ref> Many Rangers are killed, some have reorganized their camp at Sarn Ford while others are patrolling and scoutring the surrounding lands.<ref>[[The Lord of the Rings: War in the North]], Chapter 2: Barrow-downs, ''Prologue''</ref>
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Revision as of 10:10, 12 October 2012

This article is about Dúnedain Rangers of Eriador. For the Gondorian Rangers, see Rangers of Ithilien.
Rangers of the North by Angelo Montanini

Rangers of the North, or simply the Rangers, were the northern wandering people of Eriador, the last remnant of the Dúnedain of Arnor who had once peopled the North-kingdom of Arnor. They protected the lands they wandered although their secretiveness made other peoples consider them dangerous and distrustful in Bree and the Shire, where they were known as "Watchers".

They were grim in appearance and were usually dressed in grey or dark green, with a cloak-clasp shaped like an 6-pointed star.

The term 'Rangers of the North' was used most often by those who lived in the southern lands of Rohan and Gondor, perhaps to distinguish this people from their distant cousins, the Rangers of Ithilien. Like the Rangers of the North, these were also Dúnedain, but they belonged to the South-kingdom of Gondor, and their ancestors had been divided from the Northern Dúnedain for some three thousand years.

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Background

The Dúnedain of Arnor dwindled after the breaking of Arnor into three kingdoms and the wars with Angmar. Cardolan and Rhudaur soon fell and only the petty-kingdom of Arthedain maintained the noble line of Isildur. Finally, that too was destroyed in the Battle of Fornost and Arvedui, the last King of Arthedain was lost in the sea.

Arvedui's son and heir, Aranarth claimed the title of the Chieftain, who would rule the remnants of his people. Elrond kept in his keeping the heirlooms of the house of Isildur: the shards of Narsil, the Star of Elendil, the Sceptre of Annúminas and later the Ring of Barahir, ransomed from the Lossoth.

Each of Aranarth's heirs (who, like him, could trace his descent back to Isildur himself) would be secretly born and raised in Rivendell.

The Rangers became a secretive wandering and nomadic people around Eriador, far from Sauron's spies, little known or remembered, and their deeds were seldom recorded.

History

The Watchful Peace followed the loss of Arnor and after its end, the enemies concentrated mostly against Rhovanion and Gondor. During that time, the Rangers fought minor battles and skirmishes against orcs and wolves in order to keep the region safe. The hobbits of the Shire flourished under their protection.

During the rule of Arassuil, 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 managed to reach the Shire, and were fought off by a party of brave Hobbits under Bandobras Took in T.A. 2747. Soon after, the Long Winter arrived and many lives were lost, and Gandalf and the Rangers had to help the Hobbits of the Shire survive.

In 2911, during Argonui's rule, the Fell Winter began with the Brandywine freezing over. This was a catalyst for White Wolves invading Eriador from the North which must have harassed the Rangers. In the last year of his reign, great floods devastated Enedwaith and Minhiriath leaving Tharbad ruined and deserted. The following years were peaceful although Arador was killed by hill-trolls and his son Arathorn II was killed while hunting orcs.

Arathorn's son, Aragorn II succeeded him, who between 2957 to 2980 took great journeys, serving in the armies of King Thengel of Rohan, and Steward Ecthelion II of Gondor. Many of his tasks weakened Sauron and his allies, and the West endured him during the War of the Ring.

At that time Aragorn's Rangers were scattered and diminished. When Halbarad led a troop of the Rangers into the south to Aragorn's aid in the War, in haste he could muster no more than thirty in this company who fought in the Battle of Pelennor Fields.

Aragorn eventually became King Elessar of the Reunited Kingdom and the Rangers became once more a united people under the line of Elendil in the Fourth Age.

Portrayal in Adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:
The Rangers of the North are called simply Rangers in the game. There were some scattered about Middle-earth, but there were also many who were organized. There was a group that Aragorn led to keep track of the Enemy's movement during Stirrings in the Darkness. The main Ranger factions in the game are the Rangers of Esteldín, the Wardens of Annúminas, and the Grey Company.

2011: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North:

The Rangers of the North first appear in the Prologue of the game. They have set up several barricades at Sarn Ford to prevent the Nazgûl from entering the Shire. They, however, fail to maintain their positions and are defeated.[1] Many Rangers are killed, some have reorganized their camp at Sarn Ford while others are patrolling and scoutring the surrounding lands.[2]

References

  1. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Prologue
  2. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Chapter 2: Barrow-downs, Prologue