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“LotR most useless heroic sacrifice still bugs fans”

AshNazg
Gondor


Nov 23, 11:51am

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I came across this article and thought you lovely people might enjoy getting annoyed at it with me…

https://startefacts.com/...still-bugs-fans_a123

Apparently this bugs fans? Or does it just bug this guy?


DGHCaretaker
Lorien

Nov 23, 4:48pm

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I came across this article and thought you lovely people might enjoy getting annoyed at it with me…

https://startefacts.com/...still-bugs-fans_a123

Apparently this bugs fans? Or does it just bug this guy?


First I've heard. The reasoning is a bit tortured, as it was a great scene, gave Boromir an honorable redemption, and was perhaps the best of Sean Bean's countless death's - certainly better than even Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye. I am not annoyed.

I'm more impressed that Indiana Jones was pointless in Raider's of the Lost Arc.


squire
Half-elven


Nov 23, 9:14pm

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The controversy seems a little made-up, without more supporting information. [In reply to] Can't Post

I wish he was a little clearer on who is speaking for the 'fans' in the italicized arguments he provides.

In the end Bentley himself seems to be arguing back to the italics, giving us the most generally accepted reason for Boromir's sacrifice and death: that it redeems Boromir from the crime of falling to the Ring's temptation, so that he dies without sin. I don't think that comes across as clearly in the film as in the book, and of course in the film Boromir is portrayed more charismatically than he is in the book, so the film character has what I'd call a much larger fan base to complain that he didn't need to die in the story. Bentley doesn't distinguish whether he is discussing fan reaction to the book or to the film.

Bentley also suggests that Boromir's fall (not death) was necessary to separate Frodo and Sam from the Company, thus protecting the Ring from any further attempts on it by the powerful folk in the Company, or those that the Company meets in its later adventures. That's a pretty common take on the plot-twist, I believe.

When I saw the headline I assumed the 'most useless heroic sacrifice' was a reference to the final battle ("a diversion!") at the gates of Mordor!



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Eldy
Tol Eressea


Nov 24, 12:19am

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I can't recall ever hearing anyone offer these criticisms, whether they consider themselves fans of LOTR or not. I think squire pretty much covered all the bases here. The film version of Boromir's death, in particular, is in my experience one of the most widely beloved scenes in the Jackson trilogy.

 
 

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