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Talk:Rangers of Ithilien

The article says "The Rangers of Ithilien were a Gondorian special operations force, selected from the descendants of the people who had dwelt in Ithilien before it fell from Gondor's control."

But as the name "Rangers of the North" does not refer to soldiers but to a people, I suppose that "Rangers of Ithilien" also refers to the people that had lived in Ithilien, and the soldiers who fought in Ithilien during Denethor II's reign only were elected among this people. In the chapter "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit" (my italics) is said: "...Mablung and Damrod, soldiers of Gondor, and they were Rangers of Ithilien; for they were descended from folk who lived in Ithilien at one time, before it was overrun. From such men the Lord Denethor chose his forayers..."

Does this not sound like the people was called "Rangers of Ithilien" (as an analogy to the "Rangers of the North"), comprising women and children, and the soldiers were some of them? Not that "Rangers of Ithilien" = "Forayers" / "Special Force"? --Tik 10:41, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

I concur with you, Tik. I believe you can be bold and change it, especially because of the references you provide. The line "special operations force" sounds like being inspired by the PJ films.--Morgan 09:24, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
Well, I might do that sooner or later, but if someone (native english) else wants to do it, by all means. (P.S. One more thing, the meaning of the word Ranger. It is not something like a law enforcement division (cf. Texas Rangers) but, as Hammond and Scull put it in the Reader's Companion, p. 31, considering the word used by Meriadoc on the DĂșnedain: "Ranger here [p. 8 (I:17)] has the sense 'wanderer'. --Tik 09:40, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
By the way, the article is all about this military organisation, even with (totally unsourced) speculations about its transformation into White Company. The contents have almost nothing to do with the people, so it should be completely rewritten and the present contents removed to -- where? --Tik 09:54, 5 December 2018 (UTC) (There is also a curious Category:Rangers which has names of Faramir's soldiers and some Rangers of the North.)