*startled by such a serious question* I suppose I wanted to make a name for myself. I was born the crown Prince of Eryn Galen, named with that occupation before I even left my mother’s womb. I found no honor there, no freedom. So when my father’s council called to bring word of the creature Gollum’s escape to Imladris, I volunteered as ambassador.
I didn’t return until after The War of the Ring.