Functional Order: Si-Te-Fi-Ne

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Sensing (Si) / Extroverted Intuition (Ne)

Aragorn believes in repeating patterns; because Isildur could not withstand the negative influence of the Ring, he feels quite sure he could not endure it – and he’s determined to keep it far away from “the world of men,” to ensure no one else falls to the same temptation. He keeps a wary eye on Boromir because of this, expecting him to attempt to take the Ring from Frodo. Arwen wonders why he allows the “past” to define him, and he says because the same weakness flows in his bloodline. He’s so anxious about this, and about his future, that he refuses to take up the mantle of being king, despite Elrond pushing him to it, until he sees they have no other choice. Aragorn is wary of the future, cautious, and does not like to speculate; he urges Arwen not to forsake her immortality for him, and has doubts about the future and their survival (inferior Ne).

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Thinking (Te) / Introverted Feeling (Fi)

He has rational arguments for every decision he makes, and a decisive manner about him – he warns Frodo not to flash the Ring about in the Prancing Pony, and tells the hobbits they need to press onward and get as far as they can before dark. He gives them all weapons to defend themselves. When Frodo is stabbed with a Morgul blade, Aragorn assesses the situation, quickly decides he cannot help him, and pushes the group to make for the elves in Rivendell – 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 the song is about, he does not share his own 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.”

Enneagram: 6w5 social

Aragorn shows a lot of self doubt. His decision to avoid accepting his role as king stems from his fear of failure. He does not want the responsibility of being king, and so avoids it by distracting himself with wandering Middle-earth. He is cautious, extremely logical, and precise in his logic. His skepticism often 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 (he argues that they have goodness, too). He has the likable, warm quality of a 6 and can be quite affectionate with the hobbits and even playful when he’s feeling secure. His 5 wing makes him introverted and cerebral, someone who plays things close to their chest and does not reveal much about themselves to others. As a social 6, Aragorn is more able to conceal his fear from others, as well as focus on maintaining the collective security of the Fellowship. He 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 and at ease with himself and others.