Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
Ti: Aragorn doesn’t talk much about his thoughts, and when he does, he’s always careful to think through his thoughts before he speaks. He has an objective view of the world and is capable of making tough decisions where a others aren’t. At times, he can seem harsh, but he’s just being rational. He doesn’t like to stay in one place if he can’t learn something new or stimulate his brain. Aragorn can easily put aside his own feelings to objectively assume responsibility.
Se: Aragorn is very aware of his surroundings, and this often gets the Fellowship out of a lot of fixes. He’s fearless in battle, quick to take action, good at improvising in the moment and has no trouble thinking up and acting out solutions to immediate problems. He’s agile and able to catch his friends and save them from falling on the spur of the moment.
Ni: He can often catch on to what’s about to happen just before it does, but isn’t necessarily the best at seeing things long-term. He gets hunches about potential dangers. He also tends to simply know things without having been told. Aragorn is often afraid of the future and joins Gandalf in allowing Frodo to make the decisions. He doesn’t always trust himself –particularly with the ring.
Fe: Aragorn needs Arwen to help him talk through and understand his feelings. He often doesn’t quite understand his feelings until he’s talked through them with her. He has a desire to understand all the races in middle earth, and he tends to be pretty good at it. He catches on to the motives behind the motives that Frodo hides.
Aragorn’s MBTI type is widely debated. He’s one of those characters that gets mistyped, not based on a misunderstanding of MBTI, but on misunderstanding of the character.
He’s a pretty mysterious person, plus the fact that book Aragorn differs from movie Aragorn. One of the major differences between film/book Aragorn was that movie Aragorn was a lot more afraid to become king.
The generally debated types include ISTJ, ISFJ, ISTP, INTJ and INFJ.
First veto — not an Fi user. Ergo, we can cross the IxTJs off the list. Secondly, he’s not an F dom/aux. Ergo, no INFJ or ISFJ. Eliminate the impossible, and you get a very mature ISTP.
8 thoughts on “Aragorn: ISTP”
Wasn’t Arwen only mentioned twice in the main trilogy? Does he interact with her more in extra stories?
Yes, Arwen is in the appendices, and other works of Tolkien. She is also mentioned more than twice in the main books, and has an enormous effect on both Aragorn’s and Frodo’s plots. :) I have written an essay on Arwen, which goes over all of it: http://theseassong.blogspot.com/2015/11/arwen-undomiel.html
That was amazing! Thank you for that. Time to reread LotR:) That also helps explain how Aragorn is an Fe user, too.
Thank you!! How does it help explain Aragorn’s Fe? I’m so confused when it comes to him and MBTI, lol.
I didn’t recall him bouncing ideas/feelings off of others in the books, or having his own feelings clarified by others, but you showed that when he’s in doubt, Arwen helped him clarify his thoughts. I know that’s not Fe’s only trait, but it’s one of the most obvious that I know to look for.
Hello! I am pretty new to MBTI. ISTP is the most common typing I have seen for Aragorn, and I don’t fully understand it. I’m not disagreeing, because I honestly have no idea about his type.
On one hand, Aragorn seems to get emotional, saying angrily:
“‘Then who would you take up with?’ asked Strider. ‘A fat innkeeper who only remembers his own name because people shout it at him all day? They cannot stay in The Pony for ever, and they cannot go home. They have a long road before them. Will you go with them and keep the black men off?'”
On the other hand, he frequently makes pessimistic and un-emotionally helpful comments:
“‘What do you mean?’ asked Frodo.
‘I mean: when we do get there, it is not certain what we shall find. It is close to the Road.’
‘But surely we were hoping to find Gandalf there?’
‘Yes; but the hope is faint. If he comes this way at all, he may not pass through Bree, and so he may not know what we are doing. And anyway, unless by luck we arrive almost together, we shall miss one another; it will not be safe for him or for us to wait there long. If the Riders fail to find us in the wilderness, they are likely to make for Weathertop themselves. It commands a wide view all round. Indeed, there are many birds and beasts in this country that could see us, as we stand here, from that hill-top. Not all the birds are to be trusted, and there are other spies more evil than they are.’
The hobbits looked anxiously at the distant hills. Sam looked up into the pale sky, fearing to see hawks or eagles hovering over them with bright unfriendly eyes. ‘You do make me feel uncomfortable and lonesome, Strider!’ he said.”
“‘Did you see anything pass over?’ he whispered to Gandalf, who was just ahead.
‘No, but I felt it, whatever it was,’ he answered. ‘It may be nothing, only a wisp of thin cloud.’
‘It was moving fast then,’ muttered Aragorn, ‘and not with the wind.'”
There is also his bouts of hesitancy, uncertainty, and hopelessness; where he frequently has to be prompted into action:
“‘What do you advise us to do?’ asked Frodo.
‘I think,’ answered Strider slowly, as if he was not quite sure, ‘I think the best thing is to go as straight eastward from here as we can, to make for the line of hills, not for Weathertop. There we can strike a path I know that runs at their feet; it will bring us to Weathertop from the north and less openly. Then we shall see what we shall see.'”
Aragorn: “Which way would any of us choose in Frodo’s place? I do not know. Now indeed we miss Gandalf most.”
“Grievous is our loss,” said Legolas. “Yet we must needs make up our minds without his aid. Why cannot we decide, and so help Frodo? Let us call him back and then vote! I should vote for Minas Tirith.”
Aragorn: “I sent him to follow Merry and Pippin; but I did not ask him if Frodo or Sam were with him: not until it was too late. All that I have done today has gone amiss. What is to be done now?”
“First we must tend the fallen,” said Legolas. “We cannot leave him lying like carrion among these foul Orcs.”
Together they went back into the Burg; yet for some time Aragorn sat silent at the table in the hall, and the others waited for him to speak. “Come!” said Legolas at last. “Speak and be comforted, and shake off the shadow! What has happened since we came back to this grim place in the grey morning?”
Usually it is Arwen or Legolas who plays the role of prompting Aragorn into action.
Also, while he travels a lot, it seems that he is naturally more of a homebody:
“Because I must,” he said. “Only so can I see any hope of doing my part in the war against Sauron. I do not choose paths of peril, Éowyn. Were I to go where my heart dwells, far in the North I would now be wandering in the fair valley of Rivendell.”
There is, of course, his complete lack of self esteem; but any type could have that.
I would greatly appreciate any insight you have. Thank you for your time.
Honor, duty, oath…remind you of another type?
And how about this?
Aragorn feels more like an ISFJ and Bailan more like an ISTJ but the actors’ demeanors might be affecting my typing.
As always, this typing based on the books, not the movies, and I never type based on “demeanors” or physical appearance.
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