Christopher Smith MD Author


Aragorn: An Example Of Positive Masculinity to Emulate

Dear Dads,

Aragorn is an exemplary figure of positive masculinity in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel, The Lord of the Rings. As a Ranger of the North, Aragorn is a brave protector who leads his people with strength, courage and an unwavering sense of justice and morality. His character arc throughout the trilogy reveals a man of great inner fortitude, willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good despite personal doubts or tragedy.

In many ways, Aragorn represents a modern idea of masculine identity that is focused on altruism rather than domination. He is respected as a leader by his peers, not because of his physical strength or combat ability, but because he embodies qualities like selflessness and wisdom. He takes responsibility for his own mistakes while humbly recognizing his limitations, showing that true strength can come from humility rather than arrogance or aggression.

At times when violence seems necessary to achieve his goals, Aragorn consistently exhibits self-control and restraint in order to minimize harm to both himself and others. He holds steadfast to principles of nonviolence, even in seemingly hopeless situations. He demonstrates an admirable commitment to moral integrity, despite the risk to his own life or reputation. This shows that even in dangerous circumstances, kindness and compassion can be more powerful tools for achieving success than brute force or intimidation tactics.

Ultimately, Aragorn’s story serves as an inspiring example of how positive masculinity can prevail over darkness and destruction. Through hard work and conviction he ultimately becomes King of Gondor, and leads Middle Earth into a new age of peace and prosperity.

His legacy speaks to a modern ideal of masculinity based on respect for others, honest communication, responsible leadership and emotional intelligence – traits which any man should strive for regardless of their situation or circumstance.


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  1. Great thoughts Chris. The world is lacking in “positive masculinity’ and is awash in “performative masculinity”. Being a man has nothing to do with physical strength. It has everything to do with servant leadership. Unfortunately social media celebrates performative masculinity, to the detriment of a generation of young men who need better examples if this world is going to reach its potential.

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