07 July 2011

365 Days of Middle-Earth ~ Day 7: Boromir II

Biography

Boromir II, the oldest son of Denethor II and Finduilas of Dol Amroth, was born in TA 2978 (five years before his brother Faramir). Named after the 11th Steward of Gondor, who held off the orcs’ attacks on the Ithilien lands in TA 2475, was a member of the Fellowship of the Ring. He was a strong and valiant warrior with a forceful and commanding mood who had achieved great renown prior to the Council of Elrond; everyone admired him, even the people of Rohan (and Éomer in particular). He became Captain of the White Tower, and was eventually made Captain-General, bearing the title of the High Warden of the White Tower. 

Upon their mother’s death in TA 2988, Boromir (who was ten at the time) and Faramir became closer as Denethor slowly began to detach from his family. There was never any rivalry between the two brothers, despite Denethor favouring his oldest; instead, Boromir always protected and helped his younger brother.  

Similar in temperament to King Eänur, he never married and focused more on warfare; the only lore that ever held his interest was in regards to tales of battles. 

On the evening before Sauron’s attack on Osgiliath, both Boromir and Faramir had a similar dream – a riddle which they could not decipher:

Seek for the Sword that was broken:
 In Imladris it dwells;
 There shall be counsels taken
 Stronger than Morgul-spells.
 There shall be shown a token
 That Doom is near at hand,
 For Isildur's Bane shall waken,
 And the Halfling forth shall stand


The two brought this riddle to their father, who was wise in the lore of Gondor, but knew only that Rivendell was in the far north, and was also home to Lord Elrond. Faramir was eager to go, but Boromir took it upon himself to go instead. 

The journey to Rivendell took 110 days, and was full of hardships; the lands west of the Misty Mountains had fallen into decay, he lost his horse in Tharbad while crossing the Greyflood, and travelled by foot the rest of the way. 
 
Upon reaching Rivendell, he attended the Council of Elrond, where he asked to take the One Ring back to Gondor to aid his people against Sauron. Elrond refused, as the One Ring would twist good deeds and make them evil in the end. 

From there, Boromir’s intent was to return to Minas Tirith, so he joined the Fellowship of Nine. He frequently questioned Gandalf’s wisdom regarding the paths they should take, and his suggestions were overruled each time.  

After the Lady Galadriel spoke with each member of the Company in their thoughts while they stayed in Lothlórien, Boromir was eager to know what her conversation with Frodo had been. As they travelled down the Anduin River, his thoughts became increasingly fixed on the One Ring, and he envisioned himself as a mighty leader who would overthrow Sauron and lead Gondor to victory. However, Frodo refused to give up the Ring or accompany him to Minas Tirith. Boromir became angry and tried to take the Ring from Frodo, who put it on and vanished. When he returned to camp, he only told the others that he and Frodo had fought, and that Frodo had run off. Merry and Pippin ran off to find him, and Aragorn sent Boromir to protect them. On their way back to the campsite, they were attacked by at least 100 orcs. Though he fought valiantly, Boromir was slain and the two hobbits were taken prisoner. 

Following his passing, Boromir’s body was placed in a funeral boat and carried down the Anduin and over the Falls of Rauros, where it was found three days later by Faramir. The two halves of his Great Horn later washed up on the shore, and these Faramir brought to Denethor. It is said that the Anduin River carried Boromir’s body out into the Sea.


Etymology

Boromir is one of the few Gondorian names of mixed forms, as it contains both Quenya and Sindarin elements. 

Boromir may consist of Sindarin boro(n) (“steadfast”) + Quenya mír (“jewel”).


Film Adaptations 

Boromir was voiced by Michael Graham Cox in both Ralph Bakshi’s animated film and in the BBC Radio serialization.

In Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, he is portrayed by Sean Bean.

1 comment:

  1. Great Choice! One of my favorite characters! A great warrior, a great leader of his men, overtaken by the draw of the ring, and fighting to his death to defend the right < and in part the right he had wronged >

    Thanks, love this pick!

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