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in her wars." Book Boromir treated Aragorn "with honour". Plus it doesn't help that he really didn't treat him with respect when he had no idea he was Isildur's heir. .. Firiel is not a source of male-line relation to Meneldil. He eventually agreed to go after Aragorn assured him the elves would help them. In Lothlórien, Boromir was disturbed by what he felt was Galadriel's testing of. Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly Faramir, and probably most of his Rangers: Aragorn, son of Arathorn, and Boromir of Gondor.
Aragorn corrected him that a better word would be unchanged, and ensured him that only those need to fear it who bear some evil in them, by which he foreshadows what is going to happen.
After the meeting with Galadriel, Boromir confessed that he felt exceedingly strange and uneasy under her stare. He did not tell what the temptation was in his case; instead, he pressed Frodo to reveal his.
Whenever the debate turned to what course they should take, he made it clear that he thought the journey to Mordor a sheer folly and he presented the way to Gondor as the best one in his opinion, even though no one really asked for his advice. And always when saying this he fixed his eyes on Frodo as if he was silently trying to persuade him to agree with his choice. But it was during the farewell with Galadriel and Celeborn when he nearly made a slip and revealed his true thinking.
What he really meant was that it would be a folly to throw away the Ring, not the lives of people. As they were nearing the decision point, even other members of the Fellowship noticed that Boromir grew still more and more restless. But the relationship between Frodo and Boromir reached its climax at Amon Hen when it was time for them to definitely decide what course to take further LotR, II, x, [All the following quotes are from this span, unless indicated otherwise.
Frodo was granted some time alone for thinking. He left their camp, but while all the others respected his privacy and did not look to see where he went, Boromir stared at him intently. After some time, unnoticed by the others, he left the camp too and followed Frodo.
When he came across him in the wood, it is reported that Frodo had a strange feeling as if some unfriendly eyes were upon him. He spoke to him openly about his fear and was even honest about his doubts regarding the strength and sincerity of Men.
This only induced Boromir into a more passive-aggressive way of persuasion. A remarkable feature of his speech here is the negative formulation of questions: Will you not take mine [counsel]? Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for so small a thing? Could I not have a sight of [the Ring] again? May I not even speak of it? Except for the first and the last question, this sentence structure does not sound very natural; it seems as if he was trying somehow to manipulate Frodo into saying what he wanted to hear.
And it would seem harmless enough, were his inquiries not accompanied again with the strange gleam of eye. This series of questions Frodo countered in a similar manner, asking: And his nervosity graduates — at first he spoke kindly, but then ever more loudly, until his speech turned into a cry.
Boromir claimed that he doubted whether the wise, who advised destroying the Ring, are not merely timid, by which he proposed to interchange virtue by vice. But even Aquinas states that such is often the way with fallen, wicked people that they do not see their own wickedness. They think themselves flawless and tend to judge others according to themselves, without realizing their misconception. That is, they mistake the virtue of others for vice, or at least think it a folly, because they believe others would behave like them Aquinas.
And that was the exact problem with Boromir. He thought himself incorruptible, but his own words convicted him of the opposite. What could not Aragorn do? Or if he refuses, why not Boromir? That is sign enough that Boromir submitted himself to the temptation of the Ring and was already corrupted. He threw away all his reason and did not hide anymore that he wanted the Ring, needed it and with its power hoped to become a new king.
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However, Boromir was still determined not to understand the danger of using the Ring and could not even realize the danger of desiring it. When Frodo made it clear that he would not do so, he continued to persuade him, first in a kind manner. This reveals that Boromir was leading some inner fight as to whether to retain the nice face and talk Frodo over by reason or use his strength to make him agree. By this time he was still struggling to control himself and balance the two inclinations.
Yet this idea made Frodo withdraw from him, which angered Boromir. Just like it was said formerly, he was trying to hide the truth about himself by ascribing to Frodo the negative characteristic he himself bore.
But his word, the word of a faithful Gondorian man, could no longer be trusted, as he was not able to recognize what a big influence the Ring already had over him. His anger burst out. He cursed the hobbit and finally fully revealed his desire that he wished to possess the Ring because it should anyways have been his by ancestral right. But as it did not work he changed his manner again mid-speech.
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The hobbit only managed to escape his rage by putting on the Ring and disappearing. Consequently, Boromir cursed him again, calling him trickster, which in this context is in meaning equal to traitor, while in fact, it was Boromir who betrayed his promise to protect the Ring-bearer and help him destroy the Ring.
The fury left him only after he tripped and fell to the ground, and then he fully realized the terribleness of his recent deed. Immediately he regretted it and cried but he could not take it back. This incident happened on the 26th of February. Nevertheless, it proved to be a crucial turning point in the plot development as it prompted Frodo to action — to set on the journey to Mordor right then and alone, ere the Ring might have a chance to cause any more harm to the other members of the Fellowship.
Interpretation Now, the principal question is whether the relationship between Frodo and Boromir was friendship at all. It is obvious that neither of them actively sought this relationship, but being bound to travel together they merely adjusted to the situation and in time, necessarily, certain bonds developed between them.
He declared so to Faramir, although hesitating for a moment when he remembered that they parted in a most unfriendly manner LotR, IV, v, Indeed, it can be perceived that until the attack on Amon Hen the hobbit considered Boromir his friend; despite certain misgivings he still treated him respectfully, appreciated his aid and the brave deeds he had done for the protection of the Fellowship till then, and he spoke to him about his feelings without fear that Boromir might take advantage over him using his strength.
At the beginning he behaved very suspiciously, but then for the most part of the journey he appeared as an honest man and friend, until in the end he lapsed into vice. Evans, in Chance, p.
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He was essentially a good character, but not as inexplicably resistant to evil and the temptation of the Ring as the other members of the Fellowship. Throughout the quest he showed both positive and negative traits. His positive traits include that he never lied, although he did not always tell the whole truth, and he was able to hold to his word.
However, he obviously missed prudence, temperance, and humility. Instead, he was rather prideful and ignorant. He was the older son of Denethor; preferred by his father over his brother, because he was much like him in looks and pride; however, the noble blood which ran almost true in Denethor did not run in him.
He was favoured by his father so much that Denethor wished that Faramir had died in his stead. He thought that no one in Gondor could rival him in courage; he often sought glory in danger without purpose and it irked him when he had to flee from his enemies. He always happened to be in the forefront of the numerous fights at the borders of his country, leading the most persistent Gondorian armies. He loved his country dearly and did everything to protect it, but it seems that he also engaged in the battles for self-promotion and praise.
Suspectedly, it might have been even his predominant motivation. As a result he thought highly of himself and became vainglorious. But it must be admitted that he worked hard on building his fame, and so to a certain extent his pride was justifiable. The problem was that he started to feel superior to those less vigorous.
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He performed heroic deeds for the sake of heroism itself, yet this is not really a praiseworthy kind of heroism. This gives rise to another question: What made him yearn for fame so much? No doubt, he was already getting more than enough although maybe undeserved praise just because of his noble lineage and high social rank.
Also, there was no need for him to display any special bravery in order to gain the Stewardship after Denethor, as it was inherited from father to son, nor to prove he was worth it; for in Gondor there had been many a less capable ruler before. Yet, the answer to this question may be found in his name. Boromir was named after the eleventh Steward of Gondor, a great warrior who lived about years earlier.
Most likely Boromir II. Apart from the pride, Boromir was also a reckless and masterful man used to getting what he desired. So when he found out about the Ring he saw it as a great tool with the help of which he could beat the Dark Lord, ensure the victory of Minas Tirith, for which he was ever anxious, and make himself the new king.
All the time he travelled with the Fellowship he struggled between his desire for glory and power and his reputation as a man loyal to his friends and allies. Soon after the events on Amon Hen, Boromir died. Wielding it the Free Lords of the Free may surely defeat the Enemy.Boromir and Aragorn in Lothlorien
Boromir lost his horse in Tharbad and travelled the rest of the way on foot. The journey took days. But the council disagreed with the One Ring's being taken to Gondordeciding that the only safe course was to destroy it.
After the loss of Gandalf and the Fellowship's departure of Moria, Boromir expressed opposition to Aragorn's decision to continue to Lorien, arguing that to go south was better.
He believed that stories told in Gondor of the Galadriel's magic would harm them.
He eventually agreed to go after Aragorn assured him the elves would help them. Go to Minas Tirith and save my people! When Frodo refused, Boromir tried to take it by force but the hobbit put it on and fled.
After Boromir realized his actions were caused by the corruption of the One Ring, he repented, and upon returning to camp he was confronted by Aragorn about Frodo.
They then had an argument and Frodo walked off. After the argument Boromir went for a walk, until eventually returning to the camp. The Fellowshipespecially Aragorn, believed that there was more to the confrontation than Boromir was telling them, but Aragorn did not press the issue. Upon hearing of Frodo's predicament, the rest of the Fellowship, particularly the Hobbits, scattered in an ill-concieved attempt to find him. Aragorn ordered Boromir to follow and look after Merry and Pippin while he took off after Sam.
Boromir came to their aid and drove the orcs off, but more orcs came and Boromir was mortally wounded by many arrows. Aragorn found him dying under a tree, with Merry and Pippin gone. He stayed with Boromir until he died from his wounds.
Afterwards, they sang the Lament for Boromir. Legacy Edit Boromir is seen in Denethor's vision Three days after Boromir's death, his brother Faramir saw his funeral boat passing down the Anduin.