And so Aragorn arrives at Minas Tirith, though not without some doubt. He rides up with Éomer and Imrahil, but hesitates at the gate, preferring to remain outside until the time is right (and war is over) to stake his claim to the throne. Of course, he’s a good guy – we all know this – but he’s unsure of what Denethor’s reaction will be.
Well, I know what Denethor’s reaction will be.
Aragorn doesn’t know Denethor’s fate. Neither do these other two guys, but they still usher Aragorn in. He did fly the standard of the king, so what’s the use in hiding himself? They ride through the broken city to the top, where they find the Steward’s chair empty! Instead, Théoden lays in the hall, bedecked in honor.
Ah, so the better of the two rulers gets the hall now, huh? I like that. In death, as in life, Théoden is better than Denethor.
Remember now, Denethor’s body is burned and buried. There isn’t going to be some pretty open-casket layabout for him! In fact, I’m sure that most of Minas Tirith still has no idea what happened to him. Most seem to be okay with that.
In the end, it’s all still about Aragorn being humble where Denethor could not. Though wise, Denethor was proud, and really crumbled at the end. Aragorn can still be proud, but he doesn’t want to proclaim his power loud and clear. He’ll allow the people to accept him first. We like this.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 44
No one dies today.
“The light of the torches shimmered in his white hair like sun in the spray of a fountain, but his face was fair and young, save that a peace lay on it beyond the reach of his youth; and it seemed that he slept.”