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"Where did you learn such tales, if all the land is empty and forgetful?" asked Peregrin. "The birds and beasts do not tell tales of that sort."
"The heirs of Elendil do not forget all things past," said Strider; "and many more things than I can tell are remembered in Rivendell."
"Have you often been to Rivendell?" said Frodo.
"I have,' said Strider. "I dwelt there once, and still I return when I may. There my heart is; but it is not my fate to sit in peace, even in the fair house of Elrond."

J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


So, this is what "my" Aragorn has looked like for more than twenty-five years. And Viggo didn't go down without a fight, I can tell you. When I drew this, "Hidalgo" was on TV. Didn't avail him anything, however. :D (Still, good movie.)

Tutorial of this can be found here! [link]

Watercolour on cold-press paper. A3 size.
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Aragorn son of Arathorn by *Gold-Seven "Beautifully done watercolour, full of autumn colours and fantastic composition." ( Suggested by Veronica-Art and Featured by WDWParksGal )
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JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
I love this! Is this Strider Longshanks during his eraly years of Ranger-ing?
My own mental image of Aragorn looks like he's in his mid-forties. At least that's what my headcanon Math tells me! :) I love your art! I was introduced to it when I watched The Silmarillion for Noobs on Youtube!
*physically in his mid-forties or early fourties.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
He doesn't look much younger than forty to me here. But then, I'm 39 and am frequently mistaken for 25. Thanks for the kind words! :) 
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JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. And who knows, maybe you have some distant Dunedain ancestry! :)
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JeantineHobbit Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
I really like your style! :) and I like his suit!
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AsliBayrak Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
:) Featured in tolkien
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Green-Shado Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Hello! At the moment I am working on a thesis on Tolkien and especially the poem about Strider and I found your drawing simply stunning. I wanted to ask you whether I could - with your permission only - use it in my work.
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iamthegps Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Cool! If I could favorite everything of yours, I would. But that would just look weird. So have a metaphorical super-fav from me. You're amazing!
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moonman86 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
are you aware aragorn did indeed have a beard?
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
If he does, Tolkien doesn't tell us.
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moonman86 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
well aragon is descended from the dunedain and traditionally their men had beards 
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I do, anyway... 

"In a note written in December 1972 or later, and among the last writings of my father's on the subject of Middle-earth, there is a discussion of the Elvish strain in Men, as to its being observable in the beardlessness of those who were so descended (it was a characteristic of all Elves to be beardless)."
Unfinished Tales pp 247-8 (Unwin paperback edition).
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Funny, I heard it the other way round... do you have a quote to back that up? 
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moonman86 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
ill have to get back to you on that
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Eruraina Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So I've got a story for you, Gold-seven! I was casually strolling through a local bookstore, one of my favorite places to chill, when I can across a section dedicated to Tolkien. Among them I come across a book "Middle-Earth Envisioned -The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On screen, On stage, and beyond". Interested, I start flipping through it. Eventually I come to painted images. Low and behold I open the book to see this picture. Your drawing of Aragorn son of Arathorn. Right away I recognized your style, and was sure that it was yours. Took a pic with my phone of the book cover and that page to check and make sure. And yup! Here it is! Must say, I do love your style! Never stop painting!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :) Yes, I received my copy of the book a few weeks ago as well :)
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AthenaKL Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student General Artist
He is exactly how I've imagined him when I was reading the books , good job!!
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Sinangeled Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
love the non movie portrayals of the characters!
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Kallios Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013

Unfortunately, I was a very young child when the movies came out, and had the misfortune of watching them before my reading level was sufficient to tackle The Lord of the Rings. So in my head, Aragorn always looks like Viggo Mortensen (alas, alas).

 

But it's interesting to see how people pictured him before Viggo came along. This is very well done, though it looks as though he's crying.

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Ragnelle-was-taken Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I love this take on Aragorn! And I very much approve the lack of bread ;)

*sets about to replace movie-indused image* I much prefer this.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Lack of bread can be a good thing. :D






I made that typo once too! :giggle:
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Ragnelle-was-taken Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
:ashamed:

I thought something looked strange. Perhaps he is low-carbing :nod:
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HazelFibonacci Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Digital Artist
Ah! This is closer to how I pictured him, too. :D
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SapphireShelle91 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
STRIDER! I love Viggo as Aragorn because in my mind at least he did Aragorn justice but your picture is how I originally saw Strider when I was six years old - My Dad didn't want to read me bedtimes stories about Snow White or Cinderella, he started reading me Tolkien as soon as he possibly could.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I do that with my children too ^^
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SapphireShelle91 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Lol. It'll probably be what I do with my kids when I have them. LOTR has far more morals and strong messages about loyalty and friendship than any old fairy tale.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, and it's a world that appears to children... of all ages. ;)
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ullakko Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Included your lovely art in my Tolkien feature: [link]
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! That's a great collection there.
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Geekoftheworld Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
This is my favorite interpritation I've seen of Aragorn:)
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Geekoftheworld Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I love your vision of Aragorn! I love seeing non movie based art (as attractive as Viggo is, I still love art non influenced by the movie.
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NeonMyth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Ah..what I would give to go to Middle Earth. Just for a day even. To roam with the elves, or to ride across the land with the riders of rohan...please don't tell me I'm the only one!
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Ibble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
Sooo cool pic!! Really Aragorn as himself... Great job!
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Tar-Celebrian Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
After the movies, it's hard to think about Aragorn without Viggo Mortensen (who did a great job). This is probably the best pic of him without any reference at the movies :)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I read the books decades before the movies came out, and frankly, I never saw why Viggo should suddenly be synonymous with Aragorn.
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Eavis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
The glovesssss...
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Oznerol-1516 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Every artwork from you is so special, warm, unique! It really seems that you actually express your love and admiration for the Tolkien's characters with your watercolours (Always well chosen). Your version of Strider is one of the most original and magnificent I have saw, it is trully perfect and is a true embodyment of the Elendil's heir. I must thank you for doing things like this, or like your wonderful Maedhros, or Feanor, or Morgoth or... My admiration for your work is endless. A true pleasure to see artworks like this.
Thank you.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! Those books have been with me for nearly all my life, one of my deepest passions in art or literature. I'm that that it shows.
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MBNaveed Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I love your version
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Starlit-Sorceress Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice! I always imagined Aragorn as clean-shaven before the movie came out.
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CrimeanDoodler Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
I like that he looks a little untrustworthy, like how the hobbits saw him at first.
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Speireag Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing... as are the tutorials you have done! I love your work so much :love:
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macaron9 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Since Aragorn and Denethor are supposed to look alike, as a Denethor fan, Viggo really didn't fit in there for me! Really like this pic!
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wolftalon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
This is really interesting! Having never really had the opportunity to consider Aragorn being portrayed in any way other than Viggo's, this is really...thought-provoking, for me. I do like the more Elven look...he has a drop or so of Elven blood, yes? And the entire style -the background, the colours, the medium- strikes me as very LOTR-ish. Now I can't stop looking at it! :P
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aragorn is Elrond's great-great-great-great*falls asleep* ... *wakes up* great-great-grand-nephew, descended from Elrond's twin. Elven blood is strong. :)
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wolftalon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Ah! Haha thanks for the clarification. :)
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Clandesty Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I enjoy your vision of Aragorn. Interestingly, here he strikes me as almost elf-like. The colors are so soft and natural. I admire your work.
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nakedirohtime007 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect! Just, perfect! :iconclappingplz:
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012   General Artist
I read the books many times, and long before the movies. Yes, I can see this as Aragorn. He looks like the ranger that the hobbits first meet. :)
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I never agreed with his scruffy looks in the film. Weather-beaten, yes. But not scruffy.
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Eolhin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   General Artist
Right, weather-beaten, and a bit care-worn, but he knows his ancestry, and would always take care of his gear and appearance as best he could, to live up to that. Not vanity, but a quieter pride of appearance. Except when he was purposefully trying to look scruffy, and pass the detection of unfriendly eyes, of course. :)
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