Despite leaving Frodo and Sam to finish what the Fellowship started, would Aragorn had he had the Ring been able to control it without falling to Sauron's will and becoming his servant? Was there a chance Aragorn could have been strong enough as a Númenórean from a royal bloodline of faithful Númenóreans, most notably Elendil and Isildur? (I know Isildur fell to it).

Is this what Sauron feared most about him, the fact that he was a strong-willed heir of the man who cut the ring from his finger? Could he in fact resist the Ring's attempt to corrupt him? Or would he have eventually caved and fallen like Isildur did?

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    Even Gandalf would have fallen. In any case, had any but Gandalf attempted to contend directly with Sauron, Ring or no Ring, they would have been defeated.
    – Adamant
    Aug 7, 2016 at 6:55
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    It's extremely clear that what Sauron fears most is a powerful character claiming the ring as his own and overthrowing him. The idea that someone might want to destroy the ring doesn't occur to him. He would have feared Aragorn for that reason. Aug 7, 2016 at 17:36
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    As a human it would've been impossible,Isildur;Aragorns ancestor,a pure blooded Numenor king & 1 of the most powerful men to ever walk Middle Earth couldn't resist it & Aragorn is said to much like him;so no he wouldn't be able to resist it,i think he realizes it too & that's why he refuses to touch it.
    – turinsbane
    Aug 10, 2016 at 17:56
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    Not even a hobbit could resist it. They of all people, were the most resistant to the lures of power, and Smeagol and even Frodo were tempted by it. As the opening monologue says, nine rings were given to the race of men, who above all else desire power." Given enough time, even men like Aragorn or Faramir would have fallen to it.
    – RichS
    Nov 26, 2019 at 5:20

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As it stands nobody would have been immune to the ring. Only the time that the ring needed to corrupt someone is different and depends on the person (and seemingly also on the race). A Dwarf would fall differently than most others while Hobbits seem a bit more resistant than others.

But in the end everyone even the Wizards would have fallen to the dark influence of the ring.

So no, Aragon would not have been immune. With his strong will he probably would have been able to resist longer than the average Man (it is unknown if (partial) Elven heritage also prolongs this time or not), but in the end he would have fallen like his ancestor.

  • Just ask the nine nazgul
    – WombatPM
    Aug 8, 2016 at 17:00
  • It affects people differently the Nazgul were enslaved to it,Gandalf or Saruman could've controlled the Nazgul,im not sure if Aragorn could if he possesed the ring.
    – turinsbane
    Aug 10, 2016 at 18:01
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    Tom Bombadil was immune to the Ring. Giving it to him would just have been dangerous for different reasons, as explained in the Council of Elrond. May 31, 2018 at 3:31
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    @Thomas i mean it is heavily implied to be so powerful tom could walk over to mordor if he so chooses and kick Sauron in the nuts and walk away unscathed Nov 26, 2019 at 15:49
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    Not sure where you pick up that implication. Tom himself did not believe he had any power over the Black Riders, let alone Sauron. Gandalf(?) points out that he believes that the Ring had no power over Tom, rather than Tom having any power over the Ring.
    – chepner
    May 20, 2022 at 1:01

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