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sean bean's boromir


Dec 20 2012, 6:34am

Post #1 of 6 (722 views)
sean bean's boromir Can't Post

hello, im new to the forums.
how about boromir and sean bean in fotr?
just splendid imo. sean bean really looks
for that truth in his role. you can feel
boromirs strife. i like this clip on youtube.
i thought i'd share one of my favorite moments.


what you think about sean bean and his character boromir?

Tol Eressea

Dec 20 2012, 7:02am

Post #2 of 6 (348 views)
I don't think you'll find many who'd argue with you on this point; brilliant! [In reply to] Can't Post

Both performers are great here, but Sean Bean really shines. The lines that begin with, "Have you ever seen it, Aragorn, the White Tower of Ecthelion...?" are very formal and a bit old fashioned sounding; few actors could have made them sound so natural while revealing their great beauty. Wonderful performance.

BTW, welcome to TORn! Smile

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Dec 20 2012, 7:25am

Post #3 of 6 (340 views)
Oh yes. [In reply to] Can't Post

Sean Bean's Boromir was one of the great discoveries of FOTR for me. Even though Tolkien said he was a noble man, I could never shake my suspicion and dislike of him in the book, and tended not to be sorry at his death. But the movies gave me a character I could like, that actually seemed in an odd way to succeed in showing me Tolkien's intended character better than Tolkien did. One of the only ways in which I would say the movies improved on the book, because in fleshing out the character they (and Sean Bean's terrific performance) got him just right.

I think my favorite "invented" scene is Boromir teaching Merry and Pippin to fight. I just love that. Smile



Dec 20 2012, 2:03pm

Post #4 of 6 (304 views)
I'll chime in on that note [In reply to] Can't Post

I totally agree. Especially after watching (yes, I will admit it) Bakshi's version, I absolutely despised Boromir. He had not redeeming qualities in that film, and when I reread the book, it was hard to imagine him otherwise. (Granted, I was a "bit" younger at the time...) Then I watched Sean Bean's/Peter Jackson's version and it was an eye-opener and no doubt.

I couldn't have said it better than this:

But the movies gave me a character I could like, that actually seemed in an odd way to succeed in showing me Tolkien's intended character better than Tolkien did.

and that "invented" scene is pure inspiration!


Dec 20 2012, 6:21pm

Post #5 of 6 (403 views)
Not the Boromir I myself imagined, but I loved Sean Bean's portrayal [In reply to] Can't Post

He brings out the character's flaws and feelings about the Ring brilliantly while making you warm to him as a character (and cry when you watch the death scene for the first time).

His extra scene in TTT made me like the character even more when it became clear that Boromir openly disapproved of Denethor's treatment of Faramir. The whole scene casts the character in a completely different light and shows just how much love and respect his comrades had for him.

Reliable Radagast rides his sled of Rhosgobel Rabbits round and round Rhovanion.

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(This post was edited by Radagast-Aiwendil on Dec 20 2012, 6:22pm)


Dec 31 2012, 4:14am

Post #6 of 6 (275 views)
I actually liked the book one [In reply to] Can't Post

But but the movie version really took it over the top. He brought so much humanity to the role.


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