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Boromir: Who was he?

Rembrethil
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Nov 12 2013, 8:39pm


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Boromir was an enigma to me after I first met him. It took me some time to fully realise his complete character, and here is a summary of my thoughts of him.

My personal opinion of Boromir has undergone many metamorphoses. As a young, Movie-first viewer, my early opinion of Boromir was quite naïve, and the ones that followed were little better. Here he is, as I first saw him:

(Note: All comments are sampling of my thoughts in the period of time they pertain to. They do not necessarily reflect my current opinions)

He was the screw-up of the movie(s), ranking only below Isildur in incompetence. (Saruman was corrupted in a direct tete-a-tete with Sauron, he had some excuse. Everyone KNOWS how all-powerful Sauron was!! Wink) It was HIS fault that the Fellowship was broken at Rauros, they only gave him a cliché redemptive death scene, so that he wasn't hated too much. If only he had stayed true, then the Fellowship would have been able to fulfill its mission!

As the movies progressed, and a few details from the EE's percolated through my brain, I began to realise that movie-Boromir was there for himself...and his father. He was there to claim power for Gondor, strength to defeat Sauron and raise Gondor to glory. If he had stayed with the Fellowship, as they neared Gondor, he would have pulled in that direction. Movie-Aragorn, far from the most confident leader, would have his hands full with this headstrong individual. The Ring would have gotten to Gondor( read: 'Denethor'), one way or another if Boromir had stayed( read: 'lived').

Such was my understanding of the Movie-verse character. He was an ambitious warrior, seeking to aid his people. A little mad and power hungry, but what great warrior doesn't have an ego to match?

Then I discovered the books.

I began to read, and was overwhelmed by the detail, and divergences from the real story. (Movie-firster, try not to hate Wink ) I had to read it quite a few times to glean more of the details, and I still find new ones!
My opinion underwent radical change. Boromir was 'sent' by some strange-fated dream to Rivendell, for some, unknown reason. Eventually he wanted to take the Ring, (because EVERYONE wants it). He was just like any other, and it was natural to act like Isildur. 'The hearts of men are easily corrupted' after all....

Reading further, more facts needed reconciliation. He willingly acquiesced to Aragorn's leading, accepting his lineage and authority without question. Why? Faramir had the same dream too, and first? These, and many other questions were raised by the enormous wealth of insights that I had tapped. Then I began to disabuse myself of many preconceptions that caused me to conflate the Movies and Books, and allowed me to accurately assess his character.

Here is an attempt at a revised opinion:

Boromir was a headstrong individual, no doubt. He was a valorous and ambitious man, a great warrior and leader. The dream came to Faramir, but as a meeker man, he needed an encouragement to get on the road. Unfortunately, in learning the lore of Denethor, Boromir saw glory and honor to be gained in the enterprise, and usurped it from his brother.

His pride was evident in the council, but he served the Fellowship well in the early days that followed. He demonstrated personal courage and strength, also a willingness to toil and conquer hardships.
Following Gandalf though, all were content EXCEPT Boromir. He ALWAYS knew a better way, and refused to take the path to Moria, even when on its doorstep. Suspicion and pride would describe his attitude, but he was always ready to protect the company from perceived danger.

As they came closer to the point where the road towards Minas Tirith needed to be taken or forsaken, I think that he began to press his agenda, taking advantage of Aragorn's uncertainty. It was evident that he had not abandoned the idea of using the Ring. I think that when Frodo revealed the fact that Galadriel wielded Nenya in Lothlorien, the results and effects in that land only confirmed Boromir in his ideas that the One could be used.

Finally, when the choice had to be made, Boromir pressed his point. His downfall, perhaps, was pride. He overestimated his own moral strength. His intentions were no doubt good, but he did not realise the difference between the One and all the other Rings. Even the One had done Bilbo and Frodo no harm, why should it do so to him? Taking his own words as true, he wanted to only do good, but his pride was the thing that the Ring exploited. All of his schemes ended in self-aggrandisement; he did not see the dangers inherent of the Ring, and possibly, power itself.

I do not think he intended treachery at all. His offer to Frodo of aid in Gondor, I think was genuine. He was not a dishonorable man, prone to lie, and if he were so, I doubt that he would be held in high regard. Tolkien, via Faramir, says that the Gondorians are 'truth-speakers' , so I little doubt his words.

After his spell of madness, induced by the Ring no doubt, he did see the folly of his words. He saw himself and his failure. He now knew that he was not as strong as he had thought. He now saw his failure in full light. He had failed himself, the Company, and in all, the realm of Gondor.

His part was over now; bowed and beaten, but never conquered.

Boromir was proud, in a good way, but lacked wisdom to restrain his rashness. Thus he overestimated himself, and undervalued evil, though he never became evil himself. He repented, and found that wisdom before his death. There was a point that he consciously chose between good and evil, as Galadriel did, and though wavering, he came back to the side of good and right. Too late for his life to be saved, but not too late for forgiveness.

Such are/were my thoughts.

What are yours?

Call me Rem. Rembrethil is a lot to type!!

Subject User Time
Boromir: Who was he? Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 12 2013, 8:39pm
    Boromir (From another Movie Firster) rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 12 2013, 9:32pm
        Yes, I have grown to like him too Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 12 2013, 9:40pm
            hmmm... rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 12 2013, 9:46pm
                Yes Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 12 2013, 9:56pm
    A book firsters perspective: Meneldor Send a private message to Meneldor Nov 12 2013, 11:50pm
        That sums it up pretty well. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 13 2013, 7:57am
            Thoughts... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 1:58pm
                over-emphasis on Ring's corrupting power FaramirFan Send a private message to FaramirFan Nov 13 2013, 3:57pm
                    A bit overused.... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 4:17pm
                        no doubt... FaramirFan Send a private message to FaramirFan Nov 13 2013, 4:28pm
                            Yeah, he seemed to be pretty status quo Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 4:49pm
                        A palantir isn't necessarily evil. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 13 2013, 7:23pm
            I must disagree whole-heartedly as nicely as I can... rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 13 2013, 7:45pm
                I like that idea!!! Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 10:17pm
                    it also explains Sam giving it back to Frodo rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 13 2013, 10:22pm
                        Maybe... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 11:02pm
                            perhaps but we may need to rephrase it... rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 13 2013, 11:47pm
                                I've done a bit of reading... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 14 2013, 3:14am
                                    what about Frodo? rangerfromthenorth Send a private message to rangerfromthenorth Nov 14 2013, 3:27pm
                                        True Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 14 2013, 4:55pm
                            Ah, I love this theory! Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Nov 14 2013, 4:57pm
    To be honest with you Lightfoot Send a private message to Lightfoot Nov 13 2013, 12:07am
        Yes, I was about the same age..... Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 1:16am
    Movie treatment of Boromir wasn't bad FaramirFan Send a private message to FaramirFan Nov 13 2013, 2:24am
    The problem I have with Boromir is Plurmo Send a private message to Plurmo Nov 13 2013, 4:47am
    *bows in awe of the superior analysis* Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Nov 13 2013, 4:32pm
        *bows in return* Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 5:13pm
            Perfect!!! Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Nov 14 2013, 5:07pm
    Boromir/Faramir/Denethor Phantom Send a private message to Phantom Nov 13 2013, 5:51pm
        Guilt, guilt, guilt Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 13 2013, 6:03pm
            Denethor Phantom Send a private message to Phantom Nov 13 2013, 6:24pm
        Faramir's mission to Osgiliath Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 13 2013, 7:31pm
            Just to stregthen your point sador Send a private message to sador Nov 14 2013, 5:35pm
    Boromir was particularly vulnerable, I think Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Nov 14 2013, 1:15am
        Great points all!!! Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 14 2013, 3:36am
        Now I'm wondering... Werde Spinner Send a private message to Werde Spinner Nov 14 2013, 5:04pm
            Dwarves are Ring-resistant Na Vedui Send a private message to Na Vedui Nov 14 2013, 6:55pm
                Pre-empted...oh well Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 15 2013, 1:42am
                    Regarding the Rivendell Elves... Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 15 2013, 2:35am
                        Exactly!!! Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 15 2013, 3:31am
    An excellent discussion! sador Send a private message to sador Nov 14 2013, 5:51pm
    You might have noticed Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 17 2013, 8:36pm
        Boromir the Hero Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Nov 17 2013, 8:41pm
            Eomer and Boromir Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Nov 17 2013, 8:51pm

 
 
 

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