The Rangers were described by the Bree-folk as taller and darker, with strange skills in sight and hearing. They usually wore grey or dark green cloaks with no identifying ornaments except a six-pointed cloak-clasp in the shape of a star. Another identifying feature was that many of them wore a green longcoat over a leather jerkin. Rangers were trained to be proficient with a variety of weapons such as swords,spears, daggers, bows and many other makeshift weapons. They were highly effective spies, assassins, and guerrillas. The rangers also had excellent knowledge of forestry and survival, in part due to the blessings of Númenor and in part due to spending decades of their lives wandering the wilderness  They were quick, versatile, and experienced riders.
Characteristically elusive and enigmatic, the Rangers spent most of their lives in the wild, visiting towns and villages only on rare occasions. The Rangers were led by the Chieftain of the Dúnedain. This Chieftain was the heir of Isildur himself and his father Elendil. Though the Chieftain was the designated figure of authority for the Rangers and the rightful ruler of Arnor, the scattered people had no known official headquarters or capital after the disintegration of Arnor and possibly lived in temporary camps scattered about the wilderness. It is also possible that the Rangers of the North did have one or more permanent settlements, but if this is the case, the location and existence of these settlements was a fiercely guarded secret.
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|
|Armenian||Րանգերս ոֆ տհե Նորտհ|
|Belarusian||Рангерс оф тhе Нортh|
|Bulgarian||Рангерс оф тхе Нортх|
|Catalan||Guardaboscos del Nord|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||北方遊俠|
|Czech||Hraničáři ze Severu|
|Esperanto||Gardistoj de la Nordo|
|French||Dúnedain du Nord|
|Galician||Gardiáns do Norte|
|Greek||Ρανγερς οφ θε Νορθ|
|Gujarati||રઙેર્સ ઓફ થે ણોર્થ|
|Hebrew||ריינג'רס של הצפון|
|Italian||Raminghi del Nord|
|Kazakh||Рангерс оф тһе Нортһ|
|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|
|Portuguese||Guardiões do Norte|
|Sinhala||රඞෙර්ස් ඔෆ් ථෙ ණොර්ථ්|
|Sindhi||جي اتر جي رينجرز|
|Spanish||Montaraces del Norte|
|Ukrainian||Ранґерс оф тге Нортг|
|Urdu||شمالی کے رینجرز|
|Uyghur||رانگەرس وف تھە نورتھ|
|Uzbek||Рангерс оф тҳе Нортҳ (Cyrillic) Shimol Rangers ? (Latinised)|
|Vietnamese||Cán bộ kiểm lâm của miền Bắc|
|Yiddish||ראַנגערס פון די צפֿון|
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter IX: "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"