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Captain of Gondor

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This challenge is for anything focusing on Aragorn as Thorongil during his time in Rohan and Gondor between 2957 and 2980.


*Did Boromir or Faramir ever latch on to the mysterious and long gone Captain for hero worship? And what does Denethor think of that?

*Without a doubt various maidens found the tall, dark, handsome, mysterious and above all eligible northern captain worth their while. This could be quite humorous to see Thorongil trying to escape their attentions.

*Growing up among the elves, Aragorn undoubtedly had a unique education. What would studying the Last Alliance be like from one who was there? What would the perspective be on Elendil and Isildur from those who knew them? What little tidbits did Aragorn learn when he was young that are lost to the historians of Gondor? Now put Thorongil there, among the historians or with Denethor and see what kind of mistakes he might make with sharing the knowledge he has.

*Surely there would be some old soldier after Sauron's end who remembers Captain Thorongil, what would his thoughts be on realizing who exactly King Elessar is?

*The Appendices indicate that Denethor, in the end did know the truth of Thorongil. How did he discover it? What was his initial reaction? What did he think of Aragorn's claim? Did he expect him to ever come back and claim the throne once he had left? Were his words in answer to Boromir's "How long..." question just lip-service in light of the fact that he knew there was one with a possibly legitimate claim?

*And this is one I cannot get out of my head: Someone (some old fogey) is complaining about the King for some reason, and says (perhaps half drunk) "What we need is someone like ole' Cap'n Thorongil." And you take it from there...

*What tales are told of Thorongil after his departure? A captain of Gondor, leaving the country after his greatest victory, who (perhaps) was often at odds with the son of the steward--surely there are bound to be rumors!

*Did Boromir ever know that Aragorn had known him as a baby? Did Faramir ever question as to his knowledge of Finduilas? What would the sons of Denethor think of Thorongil? What would they think after finding out his true identity?

*Men are not perfect, not even our beloved Strider. Did Thorongil ever slip up and let someone know more than he should have? Did anyone else ever figure out the truth?

*What was Thorongil like as a captain? What was his relationship with his men? Did they resent a northerner leading them? (This would also qualify for the Follow My Leader Challenge.)

*Aragorn says when he meets Eomer and company that he has riden with Theoden and movie!verse Eowyn mentions that the king told her Aragorn had riden with Thengel. What kind of relationship existed between the Crown-Prince of Rohan and Thorongil? We don't know how long Aragorn was in Rohan, but did he see Theoden grow from being a child to worthy heir?

*Write the missing scene in both book and movie that has Theoden realizing that Aragorn was Thorongil.

*What was the relationship between Denethor and Thorongil? What if they were perhaps friends, comrades at one point? (This could also work for the Death to Fanon! Challenge.)

Have a little fun with our Eagle of the Star!

This challenge should really get your creative juices flowing! Thanks to Kateydidnt for the great idea!

Entries with Stories

The following authors have entered a story in the Challenge.

Dwimordene - Star and Stone
Adult Audience
Last Updated: 11 Aug 05
From she who brought you "From the Other River Bank," another high-angst slashfic. The version of Denethor and Thorongil that Tolkien certainly didn't authorize....
Elemmire - Toward the Sunrise
General Audience
Last Updated: 10 Aug 05
Aragorn (“Thorongil”) has convinced Ecthelion that a raid on Umbar is Gondor’s best hope. Now he must face–and defeat–the mighty Corsairs of Umbar. Chapter Six of Six: Valediction. Beta now complete!
Gandalfs apprentice - Contrapunto
General Audience
Last Updated: 22 May 10

Captain Thorongil does not bring out the best in the Steward's son, who is obsessed with finding out the captain's real identity. And what does Thorongil really think about him? This is one way it could have happened.

Gandalfs apprentice - The Summons
General Audience
Last Updated: 07 Dec 06
Three vignettes from the journey of the Fellowship: The Heir of Isildur discusses the Denethor situation with Gandalf; Boromir makes a discovery about a hero from Gondor's past; at Amon Hen, death takes a son of Gondor. MEFAwards 2006--First Place--The Great Years--Best Fellowship.
Linaewen - Best Sword Ever, The
General Audience
Last Updated: 08 Feb 15

Two men are tied together over the years by memories of the "best sword ever," and the desire they have to see it made whole once more.

Third Place - MEFA 2008 Award Category: Times: Mid Third Age: General

Mar'isu - Return of the Ranger
General Audience
Last Updated: 15 Feb 06
Barliman Butterbur has some interesting guests in his inn.
Marta - Inheritances
General Audience
Last Updated: 17 Oct 05
Aragorn was serving in Gondor under Denethor's father Ecthelion when Boromir was born. What would the Heir of Isildur have thought of the child who might grow up to become Steward? All feedback, even critical, is gladly appreciated.
sindarinelvish - The Commander of Gondor
General Audience
Last Updated: 06 Jul 06
Book Eight of Paths of the King: The Biography of Elessar Telcontar. After saving Denethor's life, Thorongil is promoted to Commander of the City Guards.


The following authors have entered a placeholder in the Challenge.

Entry Date: 30 May 05
Entry Date: 31 May 05
Entry Date: 03 Mar 06
Entry Date: 26 Jun 05

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Challenge Info

Open Date: May 30, 2005

Closed: March 01, 2006

Challenge Topic: Character

Entries: 13

Originator: Kateydidnt

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