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think Tolkien was not interested in character development of Aragorn, though he did it somewhat with Boromir, the Hobbits and others. He thought of Aragorn as an archetype, a hero of a lost style of writing, right out of Beowulf and norse legends and so forth. These sagas were not big on character development. Gandalf is a different sort of archetype, a Christ figure, which was also important to Tolkien and his circle, which included C.S. Lewis.

I had a class on Tolkein's works many years ago. The comparison to Beowulf is very apt although maybe not for Aragorn. Gandalf's story of his fight with the Balrog (sp?) has many parallels with Beowulf's battle with Grendel. Unfortunately, I can't remember enough about either story to give you the details.

There are also several parallels between Frodo and Jesus. I actually wrote a paper on this very subject for this same class. Unfortunately, my college years are a blur and I can't remember what I wrote any better than what the professor presented.

Perhaps as I continue reading the LOTR, some of it will come back to me. I'll post more if something jogs my memory.
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