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Boromir

Boromir

Boromir is a fictional character created by J.R.R Tolkien in his book, legendarium. This character played an important role in the trilogy movie of The Lord of The Rings and is also a part of the nine members that constitute the Fellowship of The Ring. He was a great warrior and he was well-known in Gondor for kindness and greatness. His father was Denethor II. Boromir was appreciated and he was admired especially by the people of Rohan. Boromir had no wife and he was intrigued by arms and weapons and participated in warfare. He had great strength and valor. He was a noble warrior and he advocated and fought for his kingdom and his people. He was well-known for his stamina, strength, and he had good leadership skills.

His desperation to serve his kingdom and his people made him betray the fellow members of the fellowship of the ring and he tried to take the ring for the same but he also sought repentance, at last. He often thought of protecting his people and in this desperation, he tried to seize the ring from Frodo. It was this vulnerability, his inability to protect his own people that made him prey to the ring’s power. But he soon regretted after he tried to take the ring away and even tried to repent for his actions. At one point, he envisioned that if he could defeat evil Sauron, with the power of the One Ring, he will be able to rule the people and peace and security will be restored. His younger brother was Faramir and Boromir was deeply loved and cherished by his father.

Origin


It has been recorded that Boromir took birth in T.A. 2978. Boromir had assumed the role of protector for his brother, Faramir. He shared a great bond with his brothers. Boromir’s mother died when he was only ten years old. And soon after his mother passed away, his father became forlorn. Boromir turned out to be a valiant warrior. His brother (Faramir) and he shared a similar dream and they both could not grasp the meaning of the dream. They went to their father to help them interpret the dream and then his father advised them to go to Rivendell, where half-elf, Elrond lived. Boromir bravery is shown throughout; he helped kill the orcs and even held the last bridge but later destroyed it after they (the company) crossed it. This was done to stop the orcs from crossing the river and coming after them. Boromir loved warfare and he never took any wife nor fathered any children. He loved his people and he wanted to serve them and defend Gondor through the power of the One Ring.

Boromir was also declared as the Captain of the White Tower and he was soon promoted to Captain-General and during this time he had led many fights to counter Sauron’s forced. In this pursuit, he gained a lot of respect from his father. While traveling to attend the Council of Elrond, Boromir had half-way lost his horse and he had to walk the entire way and he barely made it in time to attend the council.

The Fellowship of The Ring

It was just when the Council of Elrond started its meeting that Boromir arrived in Rivendell.[1] It was in this Council that he said that Gondor had tried for a long time to keep the powers that Mordor possessed in the bay. He urged the Council members to give him the One Ring so that he can protect his kingdom of Gondor but the other council members refused as they felt that the power of the ring was so strong that it had the capability of corrupting the one who uses the ring moreover, the ring will alert Sauron about its presence whenever it is used. Boromir had accepted this initially.

He then became a pledged member of the fellowship of the ring and to protect Frodo. He even went along with Frodo down towards the south from Rivendell along with the other members of the fellowship. But throughout this journey towards the south, he questioned the knowledge of Gandalf. He soon proved that he is an asset to the fellowship especially when the members of the fellowship were trying to cross the Misty Mountains. He suggested the other members gather and collect firewood before they tried to climb the Caradharas, which ultimately saved them from freezing. He even proved his strength when he cleared the path after their retreat alongside Aragorn.

Soon when Gandalf was lost while passing through Moria, Aragorn took the lead and guided the fellowship of the ring. He was scared and even asked Aragorn to find an alternative path to Lothlórien. He thought that it was a strange path and the wounds of losing Gandalf were still fresh. He became even more worried when Galadriel was testing his mind and even warned Aragorn of the same. When the time approached to leave Lothlórien Galadriel bestowed every member with gifts. She gifted Boromir an Elven cloak and also a golden belt. Boromir even had requested the other members that they go to Minas Tirith before moving on to Mordor. He tried to pursue Frodo that instead of destroying or throwing the ring away, he could use it for welfare and protection of Gondor. But, in the end, Boromir fell prey to the lust of the ring and he tried to take the ring for him and he justified his act by saying that he did so to protect and defend his people.

Soon after analyzing the situation that Frodo was not convinced by his idea he leaped forward in a hurry to seize the ring from him. But Frodo became invisible because he had put on the ring and he fled. Boromir realized that he had betrayed the members of the fellowship and he tried to repent for his actions. He searched endlessly for Frodo but could not find him anywhere. He then informed the other members of the fellowship about Frodo’s disappearance but withheld the information about what he did. The hobbits became restless after that and Aragorn suspected that Boromir had a role to play in this and so he asked him to protect Pippin and Merry. Boromir obeyed Aragorn’s commands without hesitation.[2]

Character & Personality

Tolkien had described the character of Boromir as a man who is tall and also sturdy-looking. He is reportedly slightly shorter than Aragorn in height. He has been described as a person who has fair skin and grey-eyed and has dark hair. He is not famous for his bravery and valiant warrior skill just in Gondor but also outside the territory of Gondor. He is one of the great Captains that Gondor had. He had immense love for his people and thought for the well-being.

Boromir’s character is said to be the one who liked to command. He loved warfare and he did not take any wives. His love for weapons and arms were immense. He often thought of protecting his people and in this desperation, he tried to seize the ring from Frodo. It was this vulnerability, his inability to protect his people that made him prey to the ring’s power. But he soon regretted after he tried to take the ring away and even tried to repent for his action.[3] At one point, he envisioned that if he could defeat Sauron, with the power of the One Ring, he will be able to rule the people and peace and security will be restored.

Appearances


The character of Boromir appeared in the books The Fellowship of the Ring followed by The Two Towers. The character also made its appearance in the trilogy- The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers but this character was limited to the extended edition and the Return of the King where his appearance was limited to the stock footage.

Portrayal In Adaptations


The character of Boromir was portrayed in Ralph Bakshi’s animated series (1978) by Michael Graham Cox, he also played the same character of BBC radio serial. In Ralph Bakshi’s series, the character of Boromir had a stark difference from what Tolkien had described. In 1993, in the Finnish mini-series called the Hobitit, the character of Boromir was played on-screen by actor Carl- Kristian Rundman.

The character of Boromir also appeared in Peter Jackson’s trilogy movie The Lord of the Ring. In this movie trilogy, the character of Boromir was played on-screen by actor Sean Bean. In the movie The Two Towers (2002), the character of Boromir was shown on-screen for a short time. He was shown only at the beginning of the movie during the flashback scenes. In the consequent movie, The Return of the King (2003), the character of Boromir appears only when Pippin remembering his sacrifice during a flashback scene.

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Boromir

Biographical info


Birth
TA 2978
Death
3019

Physical information


Race
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