|Old Men in the Woods
||[Oct. 28th, 2006|07:04 pm]
|||||Hovering Sombrero - They Might Be Giants||]|
In Chapter V of The Two Towers, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli meet an old man or Wizard who says that he talks to himself because the long explanations needed by the young are too wearying. Aragorn then says that he, Aragorn, is no longer counted young by Men. In fact it was already revealed in The Fellowship of the Ring that Aragorn is in his mid-fifties. Gimli may be younger, but may be as old as 90, his father having been a contemporary of Bilbo that long ago. Frodo was 33 at Bilbo's birthday party, and lived about 18 years in Bag End before Gandalf came about the Ring; so he's 50. No one knows how old Gandalf is, but he's 200 if he's a day. And Legolas is older than either of his companions; he says to Strider and Gimli that it makes him feel young traveling with "you children".