I would of liked this to be longer. The idea is cute, but to short to really do much good. It's like a really long summary. I liked the end, "And he sat down, his new treasure strewn about him, pouring over a riddle he could never hope to solve." In fact, just now as I write this, I think you could of pulled out his name (Hope) and show that even his title didn't count for all of his life. Just a thought, don't flame the reviewer! It wasn't bad, just could of been better.
That was a ficlet written for the "Middle Earth Express" - a weekly challenge with a 500 word limit. Therefore, it can't be any longer and I rather like throwing ideas at readers and let them do with it what they want. As for the Estel-issue. I think it would have diluted what this story was about. This was about Arathorn's identity, not Aragorn's. To let Aragorn angst about his name can get old very quickly. I'm doing that in another story... don't want to use up my good karma:)
Thank you for reading!