His name is Aragorn, son of Arathorn, sometimes called the Dúnadan, Longshanks, Wingfoot, Elessar Telcontar, Envinyatar, Estel, or Thorongil.
But to me, he is just Strider and I fell in love with the character when I was a wee lad of 12 or so when I first cracked open The Fellowship of the Ring.
Today is his birthday, born on the 1st of March in the 2931st year of the Third Age. It’s my birthday too, though I was born in 1966th year of the Common Era. I have always felt honored to share a birthday with him, despite him supposedly being a fictional character and all.
Happy Birthday, Strider. Thanks for inspiring me for the past 40 years. Here’s to 40 more…