That was one of my notes, Elentári
, which I forgot to write!
Great minds and all that.
One of the things which caught my attention was the implication/impression that Strider is remembering
a previous encounter with the Nazgûl. So I tried to figure out when that would have happened. I could not find a definite instance, but several possibilities.
Aragorn was born on 1st March III 2931. Just before Sauron started searching the Anduin near the Gladden Fields (2939). Sauron has been based in Dol Guldur for 471 years by now. In 2951, Dol Guldur is occupied by three of the Nazgûl. 2957 onwards Aragorn undertakes great journeys but mainly in Rohan and Gondor. I doubt he interacted
with the Nazgûl during this time. 3009 onwards Aragorn starts searching for Gollum around Mordor. As far as I know, the Nazgûl did not venture out during that time. Then in IV 23, the "Black Riders" chase the rangers eastward, but I was under the impression that Aragorn was not one of these rangers. Am I wrong? If so, that would be his first, personal interaction with the Nazgûl.
Of course, the pain of remembrance does not have to be from a first-hand meeting. The Dúnedain have been fighting the dark forces for years. And Eärnur was slain by the Witch-king.
(Still, it was a fun search. The things I will do instead of doing research. )
Edit: Post composition took while. Cross-posted with V. Yes, it does look like we don't know.