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How do we know Rand is the Strider Gandalf speaks about?

Random analogy that popped into my head on Rand :)


Sam was not daunted, and he still eyed Strider dubiously. ‘How do we know you are the Strider that Gandalf speaks about?’ he demanded. ‘You never mentioned Gandalf, till this letter came out. You might be a play-acting spy, for all I can see, trying to get us to go with you. You might have done in the real Strider and took his clothes. What have you to say to that?’

'That you are a stout fellow,' answered Strider; 'but I am afraid my only answer to you, Sam Gamgee, is this. If I had killed the real Strider, I could kill you. And I should have killed you already without so much talk. If I was after the Ring, I could have it - NOW!'

He stood up, and seemed suddenly to grow taller. In his eyes gleamed a light, keen and commanding. Throwing back his cloak, he laid his hand on the hilt of a sword that had hung concealed by his side. They did not dare to move. Sam sat wide-mouthed staring at him dumbly.

'But I am the real Strider, fortunately,' he said, looking down at them with his face softened by a sudden smile. 'I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.'

There was a long silence. At last Frodo spoke with hesitation. ‘I believed that you were a friend before the letter came,’ he said, ‘or at least I wished to. You have frightened me several times tonight, but never in the way that servants of the Enemy would, or so I imagine. I think one of his spies would - well, seem fairer and feel fouler, if you understand.’

'I see,' laughed Strider. 'I look foul and feel fair. Is that it? All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.'


J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring

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Great analogy.

So we pretty much know rand isn't the strider when he chose party over principle... That's the moment he killed me.

I don't think...

...Rand has killed the Liberty movement (in many ways, from the people I come across in my daily life, I'd say it's gaining strength) -- his 'ranger' appearances have just frightened some of us Liberty hobbits on occasions into doubting his intentions or purposes. Time will tell if he can remain on course with the purity of a Strider/Aragorn who will gain our trust, ward off the ringwraiths, expel the corrupt Steward from the throne, refuse the temptations of the Ring and instead protect the Fellowship's quest to destroy it -- unlike a Boromir, who would take the Ring back to Gondor to 'use it for good' and be destroyed by it instead.


I enjoyed reading that very much. Very interesting analogy. Thank you!

Basically, the only way Rand is conning us, is if... if Ron was conning us too.

I don't believe that. The conspiracy theory could be made however, and I always keep an open mind to every possibility, but I doubt it.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

I'd like to think Ron could

I'd like to think Ron could constructively and honestly criticize his own son. That would be the true test of his integrity.

a shark in panda's clothing...

I should have thought of that.

Chris Indeedski!

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someone already thought of that

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
"The Perfect Man has no self; the Holy Man has no merit; the Sage has no fame." - Chuang Tzu

That's the best thing ever. thanks.

And down with pandas.

Chris Indeedski!

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