Why was Aragorn wandering around the wilderness with the shards of Narsil? In the film, the shards are enshrined at Rivendell, which makes sense. But watching it again has reminded me of the question above. The sword would be an encumbrance to movement, and no use in the face of danger, so why was he carrying it around? It was also a very special item, and Aragorn went into danger, tracking Gollum down by Mordor, fighting orcs, etc, so he risked losing the shards to the enemy. I'm assuming there is an answer to this, which I've missed. Hope you can help.