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Rangers of the North

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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

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.

The Dúnedain of Arnor had no kingdom to dwell in and became a wandering people around Eriador. They were led by a line of Chieftains, each of whom could trace his descent back to the Kings of Arnor and ultimately to Isildur himself.

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.

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.

Portrayal in Adaptations

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 led to keep track of the Enemy's movement during Stirrings in the Darkness.