On the last Hobbit movie, after the Battle of the Five Armies, Legolas tells Thranduil that he won't be coming home. The latter tells him to go to find the infamous son of Arathorn, that goes by the name of Strider.

But, the Battle of the Five Armies was fought on T.A. 2941 and Aragorn was only born on T.A. 2931. Aragorn did not leave Rivendell until 20 years old.

How could Aragorn be such an infamous rogue in the age of only ten and still in Rivendell??

Sources: Aragorn, Battle of Five Armies and History of Middle Earth Timeline.

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    Probably in the same way that Gandalf spent 17 years researching the One Ring, only to have it condensed into two months in LOTR1
    – Valorum
    Dec 25 '14 at 10:02
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    @JamesKhoury You might be famous due to heritage, but being infamous is sort of difficult. Also why would he already go by the name of Strider as a small child?
    – Erik
    Dec 25 '14 at 11:08
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    @Erik Thats a good point. He was Estel to the elves and Strider was his name around bree/shire region. (after he met Gandalf who sent him that way. IIRC) Dec 25 '14 at 11:15
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    Because Peter Jackson GeorgeLucas'd it. Thranduil probably sensed the Midi-Chlorians in Anakorn Stridewalkers blood :P
    – BMWurm
    Dec 25 '14 at 11:56
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    IIRC the word "infamous" doesn't occur in the movie. My recollection is that Thranduil tells Leggy to find the young ranger called Strider, mentions his father (Arathorn) by name, and comments that his father was a good man, he could be a great man. Even leaving aside the different timeline in my answer, there's nothing in this that couldn't have been a foretelling rather than a description of the way things are now.
    – user8719
    Dec 25 '14 at 22:56

The Jackson movies are operating on a different timeline to the books.

Some examples:

  • The White Council don't know about Sauron's return until the time of the Hobbit movies.
  • Mirkwood not becoming corrupted until the time of the Hobbit movies.
  • The condensed timescale between Bilbo's birthday party and Frodo's leaving of Bag End.

What is certain is that at least 60 years pass between the Hobbit movies and the LotR movies, per Gandalf's words (source):

For sixty years the ring lay quiet in Bilbo's keeping, prolonging his life, delaying old age...

Given in particular the condensed timescale in my third example, it's likely that not much more than 60 years pass, so therefore - and in movie-canon - Aragorn wouldn't have been 10; he would have been about 27/28.

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    I think the key point here is that the 17 years between Bilbo leaving the Shire and Frodo setting out with the ring has been compressed to a few months in the movie, meaning that Aragorn was 17 years older at the time of The Hobbit.
    – Mike Scott
    Jan 12 '15 at 7:14
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    If Aragorn was around 27/28 at the time in the Hobbit movies, and we have a 60 year gap between the two trilogies, wouldn't that put Aragorn over 80 years old at the time of the LotR trilogy? Do years work differently in Middle Earth, do humans live longer, something else is going on?
    – Moo
    Jan 12 '15 at 10:30
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    @Moo - this is already dealt with on other questions on this site. See scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/13467/… and scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/20217/…
    – user8719
    Jan 12 '15 at 10:31
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    @Omegacron "Jive" refers to jazz music, dancing or nonsense talk. "Jibe" means "to agree with" or "to be in accord with"
    – Kevin
    Jul 20 '15 at 17:44
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    @Kevin - I stand corrected, sir.
    – Omegacron
    Jul 21 '15 at 12:19

"The four hobbits had set out from the Shire to bring the One Ring to Rivendell. Aragorn, going by the nickname "Strider", was then aged 87" - "For sixty years the ring lay quiet in Bilbo's keeping, prolonging his life, delaying old age" = Strider was 27. (movie canon)

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