The History of The Lord of the Rings: The Steward and the King

Christopher Tolkien again notes this chapter came almost fully formed from the first. But there were also significant differences as well.

Faramir surrenders the Stewardship, which in the final version Aragorn refuses to allow him to do. In the first draft, Aragorn does not return the staff of the Stewards to Faramir or say anything at all. After the younger man announces the Stewardship is over, he and Prince Imrahil crown the new king. Faramir then breaks the staff. It soon changes to what we know happened.

Another notable difference is Ghan-buri-Ghan and two of his people come to pay their respects and receive the king’s blessing.

After Gandalf and Aragorn ascend Mindolluin, the wizard tells the king the time has come for Men to dominate and Aragorn to rule them, while the other races will leave and lessen. Of the tree they find, Gandalf says, “But who shall say how it comes here in the hour that is appointed?” (Sauron Defeated 58). Maybe down through the ages it hid, “even as Elendil’s race lay hid in the wastes of the North” ready to sprout at the right time (ibid).

Another big change was the name of Aragorn’s bride, who was still the daughter of Elrond and Celebrian and granddaughter of Galadriel, but named Findulias. After the name of the mother of Boromir and Faramir was changed to this from Rothinel, Arwen became the one who shared Aragorn’s wedded bliss.

Art: Aragorn and Arwen by Jef Murray.



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