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Rangers of the North by WF74

Rangers of the North in the wilderness, by Wouter Florusse (WF74)

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 a 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.


"Few now remember them... yet still some go wandering, sons of forgotten kings walking in loneliness, guarding from evil things folk that are heedless."
Tom Bombadil on the Rangers[1]

Background Edit

Dúnedain of Arnor

Dúnedain of Arnor - Burial of Witch king of Angmar

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 had 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 Edit

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.

For over a thousand years, the Rangers of the North faithfully preserved the Line of Elendil and the ways of the Dúnedain and the ancient heirlooms of the Heir of Isildur such as the Shards of Narsil, Star of Elendil, Sceptre of Annúminas, and the Ring of Barahir. Like all Dúnedain, they were very friendly with the Elves, particularly those of Rivendell, where each heir would be born and raised. They secretly guarded and protected Eriador, from spies and invaders, brigands, and other worse foes.

At the time of the War of the Ring, the Rangers of the North were led by Aragorn, future king of the reunited kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor. But despite Aragorn's leadership, most of the Rangers remained scattered and diminished. Therefore, when the ranger Halbarad endeavored to aid Aragorn in the War, he could muster only a small number of Rangers to join him.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ራንገርስ ኦፍ ትሀ ኞርጥ
Arabic رينجرز الشمال
Armenian Րանգերս ոֆ տհե Նորտհ
Belarusian Рангерс оф тhе Нортh
Bengali উত্তরের রেন্জার্স
Bulgarian Северни пазители
Catalan Guardaboscos del Nord
Chinese (Hong Kong) 北方遊俠
Croatian Rendžeri Sjevera
Czech Hraničáři ze Severu
Esperanto Gardistoj de la Nordo
French Rôdeurs du Nord
Galician Gardiáns do Norte
German Waldläufer
Greek Φύλακες του Βορρά
Gujarati રઙેર્સ ઓફ થે ણોર્થ
Hebrew ריינג'רס של הצפון
Italian Raminghi del Nord
Japanese 北のレンジャーズ
Kannada ಉತ್ತರ ರೇಂಜರ್ಸ್
Kazakh Рангерс оф тһе Нортһ
Khmer (Cambodian) មន្ត្រីអនុរក្សរបស់កូរ៉េខាងជើង
Korean 북쪽의 레인저
Kurdish رانگه‌رس ۆف تهه‌ نۆرته (Arabic script) Rangers yên li Bakur ? (Latinised)
Kyrgyz Рангэрс оф тhэ Нортh
Macedonian Рангерс оф тхе Нортх
Mongolian Рангерс оф тhе Нортh
Nepali ड़ङेर्स ओफ़ थे णोर्थ
Persian رنجرز از شمال
Polish Strażnicy Północy
Portuguese Guardiões do Norte
Russian Следопыты Севера
Siamese (Thai) เรนเจอร์ของภาคเหนือ
Sinhala රඞෙර්ස් ඔෆ් ථෙ ණොර්ථ්
Sindhi جي اتر جي رينجرز
Slovak Strážcovia Severu
Spanish Montaraces del Norte
Tamil வட ரேஞ்சர்ஸ்
Turkish Kuzeyin Kolcuları
Ukrainian Ранґерс оф тге Нортг
Urdu شمالی کے رینجرز
Uyghur رانگەرس وف تھە نورتھ
Uzbek Рангерс оф тҳе Нортҳ (Cyrillic) Shimol Rangers ? (Latinised)
Vietnamese Tuần du phương Bắc
Yiddish ראַנגערס פון די צפֿון

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter VIII: "Fog on the Barrow-downs"

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