Just like all those archetypal rangers from the 2e PHI prefer my rangers to have spells. I wasn't a fan of lord of the rings so never knew that it was loosely based on strider. Because of that, and running into the ranger first in 2e, I always considered spellcasting a part of the class.
I didn't really care about the examples, I cared about the class and the class had spells so for me, that was an important part of the ranger.Just like all those archetypal rangers from the 2e PH
"The ranger is a hunter and woodsman who lives by not only his sword, but also his wits. Robin Hood, Orion, Jack the giant killer, and the huntresses of Diana are examples of rangers from history and legend."
The animal companion thing I suspect was originally inspired mostly by Tarzan (1E Rangers only got them potentially as random followers at high level, right?), though I think there may be other fantasy/literary heroes with animal friends. Then by the time 2E came around, of course, the Beastmaster movie was very well known among D&D players.So anyway, D&D's ranger is basically Aragorn, which is a much nicer way of describing them than "militant survivalists who, for some reason, voluntarily spend most of their time deep in the wilderness." And, of course, they can cast a smattering of spells, which has been giving people who want to play Strider a hard time for several editions now. For some reason, the fact that Aragorn was never followed around by a small zoo's worth of animals the way the AD&D ranger is never seemed to be nearly as much of a problem.
1e rangers get +2 per level instead of +3 at name level, but their name level is also at level 10 instead of 9 like the 2e ranger. So at level 11 a 1e ranger will have 11d8+2 (+any con bonus x11) versus a 2e ranger's 9d10+6 (plus any con bonus x9). The 1e fighter and paladin were similar to the 2e ranger on these numbers.Note that where a 1e ranger gets two HD at level 1, it's a 2d8. The 1e ranger will generally have more hp in the lower levels, but the 2e ranger eventually catches up. And IIRC, does the 1e ranger go to a flat +2 hp from name level onward? The 2e ranger OTOH, gets the same +3 as the other warriors.
0D&D in The Strategic Review #2, AD&D 1e, & 2e - Level 8