Dungeon Master of Middle-earth
This seems a bit off topic, so apologies to the OP, but I'm not sure where you're getting this idea. In AD&D, the ranger's followers are determined by the DM upon reaching 10th level by rolling on the tables appearing in the DMG, pp 16 and 17. Maybe you missed them. Among the possible results of those tables are a level 6 human fighter (Boromir), level 4 dwarf fighter (Gimli), and level 5 elf fighter (Legolas), as well as lower level halfling fighters or maybe a halfling fighter/thief. The only real stretch is that the elven and dwarven fighters come in pairs and that Gandalf, IMO, is best represented on the tables by a polymorphed pixie. A level 3 magic-user can also be rolled. No standing up to a balrog for the ranger's followers!Excepting that none of the followers of the AD&D ranger will be higher than first level;
I don't think it's too far of a stretch to re-fluff "followers" to "companions".Also, Sam is Frodo's follower, not Aragorn's.
Not so with the AD&D ranger. There's no requirement to build a stronghold or take any other specific action. All that's required is that the ranger reach 10th level (ranger lord), and the ranger automatically attracts 2-24 followers of which the DM informs the player.Further, most of the AD&D classes attract followers at name level. So also the BX ones. But those only come if the character settles down to a location in most cases.