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But Aragorn is pictured as the heir who has renounced his heritage.

Whereas in the book, he is the king in waiting, itching for the right time to claim his heritage. Instead of being a King who is the reluctant Ranger, the movie has him as a Ranger who is the extremely reluctant King.

You've hit upon what I feel will turn out to be one of the most significant changes from the books to the movies.

In the books, Aragorn doesn't have any character development. He starts out as an uber-cool dude who knows what he wants, and he ends up as an uber-cool dude who's got what he wants. Can't have that! Must have character development! So Jackson makes Aragorn a reluctant heir with some self-doubt. We'll see Aragorn develop confidence in his ability to rule over the next two movies.

Will they cut out the "Paths of the Dead" from book III ? In the book, Aragorn resigns himself to tread the paths of the dead since it comes part and parcel with the role of Isildur's heir and rightfull King of Gondor....

In the movie, no mention of the reforging of Narsil and that Aragorn really cares about it. Boromir is the only caracter that shows any interest in the broken sword, and his interest in it is limited to that of a museum display.

In the book, after the sack of Isengard by the Ents, Aragorn also lays claim to Orthanc's palantir as Gondor's rightfull king and weilder of the sword that cut off the ring; and uses the palantir to challenge Sauron. (later in one piece of dialogue, this encounter is describes also a bluff: he hints that he possibly has the ring and with the sword, he is out to get him) As a consequence, Sauron launches his assault on Minas Tirith sooner, emptying out Mordor just about the time Frodo enters, allowing Frodo a better chance of reaching Mount Doom, across the deserted plains of Mordor.

My guess is that both of these will be recast as character development opportunties for Aragorn. The Paths of the Dead - he will have to acknowledge that he is the true heir, etc. Jackson will probably conflate the re-forging of the sword with the palantir and Aragorn's decision to wield it will be symbolic of his decision to graps the kingship.

Why would Princess Eowyn get the hots for the unambitious albeit charismatic Ranger of the North ? He is now beneath her; being spurned by a quitter/backwoodsmen isn't the stuff to push someone to seek a noble death in battle, even if he does have a nice 2 day old 5 O'clock shadow.

Dude. Have you seen Aragorn? He is totally hot, even if he is filled with angst. What I am saying? He's hot, AND he's filled with angst, AND he's the long-lost secret heir to a kingdom.

Also, my guess is that by that time Aragorn will have more fully resigned himself to his duty. This was forshadowed in Boromir's death sequence.

-mapletree, hates Liv Tyler
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