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Stick-at-naught

A nickname for Aragorn used in Bree

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"That's Stick-at-naught Strider, that is! Though I've heard other names not so pretty."
Bill Ferny
From The Fellowship of the Ring I 11
A Knife in the Dark

An insulting nickname given to Aragorn among the people of the Bree-land. The name is an old form of the phrase 'stop-at-nothing', hinting that Strider was considered a ruffian or an outlaw among these people (and explaining Bill Ferny's sarcastic warning to Frodo and his companions after they set out from Bree with Aragorn).


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