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"Now the Captains of the West led their host towards the City, and folk saw them advance in line upon line, flashing and glinting in the sunrise and rippling like silver."

King Elessar as depicted in the film The Return of the King

"But when Aragorn arose all that beheld him gazed in silence, for it seemed to them that he was revealed to them now for the first time. Tall as the sea-kings of old, he stood above all that were near; ancient of days he seemed and yet in the flower of manhood; and wisdom sat upon his brow, and strength and healing were in his hands, and a light was about him."

The crowning of King Elessar, or Aragorn II, took place on May 1st, TA 3019, upon the Pelennor Fields outside the first wall of Minas Tirith. It inaugurated the Reunited Kingdom of Gondor and Arnor.


Around the Great Gate of Minas Tirith was set up an expanse of tents and campsites; soldiers, nobles, and common folk from throughout of Middle-earth were present. The coronation ceremony began with the ringing of a trumpet, followed by a hushed silence from the crowd. Faramir, as the new Steward of Gondor, met Aragorn before the gate and declared the return of the King. The crown, usually placed on the head of the new King by his father, was as those of the citadel guard, except loftier and whiter, with wings of pearl and silver in the likeness of a seabird. Upon it were seven gems of adamant, and a single jewel at its peak, "the light of which went up like a flame".

Holding the crown aloft, Aragorn declared in Sindarin; "Out of the Great Sea to Middle-earth I am come. In this place will I abide, and my heirs, unto the ending of the world." These were the first words uttered by Elendil upon his arrival from the Sea. Aragorn decided to have the Ring-bearer carry the crown to Gandalf, who placed it upon his head and pronounced a blessing. Faramir cried, "Behold the King!", and King Elessar entered his city to the ringing of trumpets and the unfurling of the royal banner from the topmost tower.

Several months later a party of Elves arrived and Elrond surrendered to Aragorn the symbol of royalty in Arnor, the Sceptre of Annúminas. Shortly after that Aragorn and Arwen were married.

Portrayal in Adaptations

In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the coronation takes place inside the Citadel of Minas Tirith. In the film Gandalf, assisted by Gimli, crowns Aragorn before the doors of the Throne Hall with his back to his people. He then turns and sings Elendil's verse. Arwen then arrives and the two embrace, kiss and kneel before Frodo Baggins and the other hobbits.


Foreign Language Translated name
Danish Kong Elessar krones