I Am Very Sorry And Sad To Report That LOTR’s Aragorn Does Not Canonically Have A Beard

Viggo Mortensen has some very memorable facial hair as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film series. This stubble is one of his most defining physical qualities. And in the coronation scene in The Return of the King, his beard is very thick and bushy. But it seems that Aragorn did not look like he is described in the books. According to official lore, Aragorn has no facial hair, and perhaps not by choice. He is believed by some to be unable to grow a beard, possibly due to his Númenórean and Elvish origins. The status of Aragorn’s beard is already well known, but this week the discussion has been revived thanks to a social media post again.

Alex Perry on Twitter shared a wonderful story about a letter her mother received from J. R. R. Tolkien himself about this. “Recently, I discovered that a fan letter my mother sent Tolkien when she was 15 is regularly cited in Tolkien’s scholarly research because it answered her question about whether Aragorn canonically has a beard or not (he has one). no),” Perry wrote. “She thinks he took the time to reply because she wrote to him in Elvish. I will never compete with her in being a giant nerd because this is truly world championship level.”

I recently discovered that a fan letter my mom sent to Tolkien when she was 15 is regularly cited in Tolkien’s research because it answered her question about whether Aragorn has a canonical beard or not (he doesn’t have one).

 Alex Perry smiling politely (@Sneakachu25) February 28, 2022

She believes that he took the time to reply because she wrote to him in Elvish. I will never compete with her in being a giant nerd because this is truly world championship level.

 Alex Perry smiling politely (@Sneakachu25) February 28, 2022

I just asked her, and she said she doesn’t think it’s correct Sindarin or Quenya – she thinks she cheated and rewrote the English in elvish letters. If she refuses a milkshake because of this, it’s my fault: I’ll take the evasion for her.

Alex Perry smiling politely (@Sneakachu25) March 1, 2022

“They were usually in men when they were adults, hence Eomer, Théoden and all the other names. But not Denethor, Boromir, Faramir, Aragorn, Isildur, or other Númenórean chieftains.” It is said that Tolkien wrote (via TOR).

So you have it. The Aragorn depicted in the films may not have had to have a beard or any stubble in order to be as accurate as possible in the source material. But, if you ask me, it doesn’t take much from Mortensen’s outstanding performance as Aragorn. Movies have changed many from books, after all.

As for other Lord of the Rings news, Amazon’s long-awaited series is finally due out in September on Prime. The first trailer is already out.

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