Rangers of the North by WF74

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

The Rangers of the North, also known as Watchers or simply Rangers, were the last remnant of the Dúnedain who once populated the northern kingdom of Arnor.

The Rangers were described by the Bree-folk as taller and darker, with strange skills in sight and hearing.[1] 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 [1] They were quick, versatile, and experienced riders, much like their distant cousins the Rangers of the South.


"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[2]

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
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


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter IX: "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter VIII: "Fog on the Barrow-downs"

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