Actors at Work Productions’ critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film follows the lives of Arathorn and Gilraen, the parents of Aragorn, from their first meeting through a turbulent time in their people’s history.


The father of Aragorn, Arathorn was born in 2873. He lost his mother when he was 12 years old and spent much of his childhood in Rivendell. Growing up he learnt many skills from Elrond’s sons Elrohir and Elladan and as a skilled fighter would often hunt orcs with them. When he met Gilraen his life took a new direction and he had to face new responsibilities. Arathorn was the fifteenth Chieftain of the Dúnedain.


The mother of Aragorn, Gilraen was born in 2907. She was known as Gilraen the Fair for both her beauty and the fact that she had unusually light hair for a Dúnedain woman. Gilraen grew up in the settlement of Gilorn with her brother Dorlad. After the family narrowly escaped from an attack by white wolves during the fell winter when Gilraen was just 5 years old her father presented her with a knife for her protection. When Gilorn was attacked by orcs her family fled north where they were rescued by Arathorn and his rangers. This chance meeting eventually led to their marriage in 2929 and the birth of their son Aragorn, renewing hope for her people.


As soon as he was born on 1st March 2931, Aragorn was a symbol of hope for his people. When Aragorn was only two years old, he went to live in Rivendell. At the request of his mother, his lineage was kept secret, as she feared he would be killed like his father and grandfather if his true identity as the descendant of Elendil and Heir of Isildur became known. Aragorn was renamed "Estel" (hope in Sindarin) and was not told about his heritage until he came of age in 2951.


Gilraen's father was a stern man who found it hard to show his emotions. When Dírhael and Ivorwen lived in the north before Gilraen was born, he and Arador had been close friends and he watched over Arathorn’s early years. As a protective father he was resistant to the relationship that started to grow between his daughter and Arathorn. His foresight also told him there was trouble ahead.


Ivorwen was Gilraen's mother and possessed foresight greater than many Dúnedain. She was very wise and had an ethereal air about her.  When her husband Dírhael wanted to oppose the marriage between Arathorn and Gilraen it was Ivorwen who persuaded him it was a good match.


Elgarain’s mother died in child birth leaving her to grow up in a male influenced environment which suited her fine. Dírhaborn was her closest friend, they grew up together and she had often spied on him as he learnt the ways of a ranger. When her father was killed by orcs while on a mission with Arathorn she requested to take his place and become a ranger. Arador was resistant to the idea but guilty about her father’s death Arathorn supported her decision and requested that his father allow him to include her in his team.

Elgarain is a new character not created by Tolkien but inspired by his work.


A skilled and vigorous young Dúnedain Ranger. Dírhaborn spent much of his childhood years with Elgarain and has always cared for her.  Along with Elgarain he was one of the youngest of Arathorn’s rangers.

Dírhaborn is a new character not created by Tolkien but inspired by his work.


Grandfather of Aragorn, King Elessar. Arador was born in 2820. He became the fourteenth Chieftain of the Dúnedain in 2912 after the death of his father Argonui.


Halbaron was Arathorn’s right hand man and trusted friend. When Arathorn went into battle Halbaron was only one step behind and they worked as a perfect team. When Gilraen left for Rivendell with Aragorn, Halbaron disbanded Taurdal and lead the surviving Dúnedain to other areas and established a scattering of new secret settlements in the hope that they will be better protected. He would often visit Gilraen and Aragorn in Rivendell with his son Halbarad. Halbaron is a new character not created by Tolkien but inspired by his work.


She is Halbaron's wife and the mother of Halbarad. Evonyn is a new character not created by Tolkien but inspired by his work.


Teenage son of Halbaron but already highly skilled in weapons and woodlore. Halbarad later went on to lead the grey company to Aragorn's aid during the war of the ring and carried Aragorn's standard onto Pelennor Fields where he was killed.


When Maia’s village was attacked and her family killed by orcs she fled North with other refugees, eventually finding their way to Taurdal. She was very quickly adopted into Evonyn’s family. Maia is a new character not created by Tolkien but inspired by his work.

Elladan & Elrohir

The warrior sons of Elrond had a deep hatred of orcs after they rescued their mother from torture by them. They had seen many Chieftain’s come and go from their home and felt a kindred with their distant cousins. "...two tall men, neither young nor old. So much alike were they, the sons of Elrond, that few could tell them apart; dark-haired, grey-eyed, and their faces elven-fair, clad alike in bright mail beneath cloaks of silver-grey." (The Passing of the Grey Company, ROTK).


One of Arathorn's loyal men, Mallor is a stalwart Dúnedain ranger. Mallor is a new character not created by Tolkien but inspired by his work.


Dorlad is Gilraen's brother, lost to orcs at a young age. Dorlad is a new character not created by Tolkien but inspired by his work.


A cunning and deadly orc captain loyal to Sauron.


A large and powerful warrior orc loyal to Sauron.