In the earliest unpublished versions of The Lord of the Rings, the character who became Aragorn was called Trotter instead of Strider and was a Hobbit instead of Man. His name was derived from the fact that he had wooden feet after being tortured in Mordor.
In some drafts Trotter's real name was Peregrin Boffin and was a cousin of Bilbo Baggins. He was present at the Council of Elrond and appointed as a member of the Fellowship of the Ring.:xxii
Trotter eventually became a Man whose true name was Aragorn. While in Lothlórien, Tolkien rejected Aragorn in favor of Elfstone and briefly Ingold.:xxiv
The background of Trotter is explained in The History of Middle-earth, volume IX, Sauron Defeated.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion