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The Departure of Boromir, an early death


Nov 28 2017, 5:40pm

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The Departure of Boromir, an early death Can't Post

As I was reading this chapter in Two Towers this past weekend, it made me remember back to when I saw Boromir's death on the big screen at the end of Fellowship. At the time, I had not read the books and knew virtually nothing about the story. When the movie ended, both Gandalf and Boromir had been lost (I did not yet know about Gandalf's resurrection).

I remember thinking that of the original nine members of the Fellowship, more were very likely going to die. At this point, two have (apparently) already been lost. I remember asking myself how many would be left when the story was resolved. As the movies progressed, I was surprised---pleasantly--that no more members of the Fellowship were lost. The most significant death after Boromir's is probably Theoden's.

Anyways, did anyone else have similar feelings their first time reading or watching this story? Were you surprised and/or relieved when the rest of the Fellowship survived?


Nov 28 2017, 9:20pm

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I thought there would be more [In reply to] Can't Post

Though I read the books first. I suspected Merry and/or Pippin might die, as secondary characters. And possibly Legolas for the same reason, and also because it would seem more tragic to lose an Elf.

When Frodo was poisoned by Shelob and Sam took the Ring and left him behind, I was sure Frodo was dead (and nearly quit reading the book for that reason). Though when Mt Doom erupted and Frodo & Sam were near death, I didn't think they'd die, but wasn't sure how they'd be rescued, I was just sure they would.

I figured Aragorn was death-proof. I didn't expect Gandalf to come back.

Anyway, great point to bring up!


Nov 28 2017, 10:16pm

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I read the books first as a child: main characters didn't *die*, in my experience :) // [In reply to] Can't Post


Where's that old read-through discussion?
A wonderful list of links to previous chapters in the 2014-2016 LOTR read-through (and to previous read-throughs) is curated by our very own 'squire' here http://users.bestweb.net/...-SixthDiscussion.htm

Hamfast Gamgee
Grey Havens

Dec 13 2017, 11:12pm

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Well, you where wrong about Aragorn, werent' you? [In reply to] Can't Post

Because he does die, right at the end Smile


Dec 14 2017, 4:06am

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Yes, but... [In reply to] Can't Post

...only when we get to the Appendices! Tongue

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

The Shire

Dec 21 2017, 6:36pm

Post #6 of 7 (1225 views)
regarding boromir [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree, when I first saw the first movie (without reading the book) I thought to myself that 9 people was a lot of leads to juggle in a single movie and that a lot would either die or be pushed into a secondary position for the duration.

Boromir's death was really impactful for me in that it showed the temptation of man, but then he redeems himself by giving his life for the hobbits.

Also spending so much time with Boromir early in the saga gives you perspective on Faramir and Theoden later on in the saga. You can really see what traits Theoden admired, and how Faramir probably believed he could never live up to his brother.

The Shire

Oct 24 2018, 3:47am

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i agree with curious g. however i watched the movies first but i didnt really expect any member to die however i did not expect samwise and frodo to reach mt doom and i expected them to die after the destruction of the ring


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