MBTI Type: ISTJ
ISTJs believe whatever has worked or not worked in the past sets a precedent for the future. They can assume no other outcome is possible due to their poorly developed inferior intuition. Aragorn falls into this trap. He assumes because his ancestor Isildur could not resist the Ring, he cannot resist it. He’s determined to keep it as far away from “the world of men” as possible, to make sure no one else falls prey to the temptation. Each time Boromir tries to convince him of a different outcome, Aragorn argues there is no escaping bad blood. When Arwen wonders why he lets the “past” define him, he says the same weakness flows in his veins. He’s so anxious about this and about his future, he refuses to become king until he has no other choice. He has rational arguments for every decision he makes, and a decisive manner—he warns Frodo not to flash the Ring in the Prancing Pony, and tells the hobbits to get as far as they can before dark. He gives them all weapons to defend themselves. When Frodo gets stabbed with a Morgul blade, Aragorn assesses the situation, decides he cannot help him, and pushes the group to reach the elves in Rivendell. His previous experience with Elrond (having grown up there as a child) taught him their magic is better. He does not over-explain himself or expect others to understand. His feelings are buried deep inside and not easily accessible to others. Though he sings a song about an elf-maid who gave up her immortality for love, when Frodo asks him what it is about, he does not share his similar situation with Arwen. His deep internal emotions allow Eowyn to misread his romantic intentions and assume he feels more for her than he does. Aragorn must make his own choice to become king; he’s immune to the pressure of others – it happens when he feels “ready,” and is no longer afraid of the future.
Enneagram: 6w5 sp/so
Aragorn wrestles almost constantly with self doubt, and a fear of not being a good enough man to make a moral king. His decision to avoid accepting his throne stems from his fear of failure and his lack of feeling ready to take on that burden. He does not want the responsibility of being king, and avoids it by wandering Middle-earth. He is cautious, logical to his friends (he cannot leave Merry and Pippin to torment and death), and precise in his logic. His skepticism keeps Frodo safe – he arranges for them to avoid the Wraiths in Bree, and keeps a watchful eye on Boromir, who finds his distrust of men distasteful (Boromor argues that they have goodness, too). Aragorn has often fatalistic thinking, assuming he is going to fail and fall prey to the Ring’s influence. He does not feel ready to take on serious responsibilities, and instead simply wants to serve and support Frodo. Surrounded by his friends, he becomes more confident and aggressive in embracing his destiny… because he has companions to support and encourage him. Aragorn is humble, does not want others to know his lineage (he asks Legolas to not honor him in public), and has a warm, likable quality despite his seriousness. He plays things close to hischest and does not reveal much about himself to others. Aragorn keeps himself busy and takes decisive action under stress – eventually, allowing him to step into his role as king and lead his men into battle (moving to 3). By the end of the story, he has moved into 9 integration and become more self-confident, less fearful, and at ease with whatever happens.
The Hero Archetype
The Hero is characterized by bravery, courage, and strength. Heroes are people who have overcome great challenges and adversity. They often have a strong sense of justice and morality. Heroes are also known for their self-sacrifice and willingness to help others. They often put the needs of others before their own and are always willing to lend a hand. The Hero is found in people who are heroic, both on a small and large scale. They may be everyday people who do something brave and courageous, such as standing up for what they believe in.