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I am new to this and new to LOTR and i am curious as to how boromir and aragon, if at all, are related. Boromir doesnt seem to know that. The relationship between Faramir and Boromir, who was five years elder of the . as the King's chief counselor as well as ruling Gondor in the King's absence. In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, Faramir is a fictional character appearing in The The relationships between the three men are revealed over the course of the book and are elaborated in the appendices. Faramir decided to journey to Imladris and seek advice of Elrond the Half-elven, but Boromir claimed.
And when he does fall victim to the temptation, much later, he quickly recovers and regrets it.
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May 5 '15 at 0: Aragorn says as much! He galvanized Frodo, and Boromir in ways they did not expect. It pains me to do neither.
He was the bad choice, but fate or the author used that as an element to make him the only choice. Long after his death he is driving plot.
From the character transitions of Merry and Pippin, what happens to Denethor, to what happens to Faramir, and even in Return of the King where the decision by Aragorn to engage the Black Gates bears the odor of "save our people, save our city" - the dying request - Boromir leaves his impact throughout the story.
I answered to answer, and not for the bounty. We are good, thanks. This is not the same as succumbing to its influence. In fact, everyone is tempted by the Ring -- the hobbits least of all, but even Frodo is gradually corrupted by its influence. For powerful beings such as Gandalf, the temptation is severe. He thought himself incorruptible, but his own words convicted him of the opposite.
The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and Tolkien - The One Ring
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. 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. 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.
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. 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?
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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. It may seem that his death was an inevitable consequence of his treachery. However, neither the Bible nor any official theological teaching claims that the punishment has to come immediately after the vicious act.
Speaking about sin, vice, and its aftermath, it reminds one of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Soon after the attack, Boromir returned to the camp. He admitted that he encountered Frodo, urged him to come with him to Gondor, then got angry and scared him. This can be viewed as the act of confession of the sinner.
Then came Aragorn who took the role of a priest and imposed a deed of atonement on him — to guard Merry and Pippin and protect them from the orcs. This Boromir accepted willingly and with humility.
He did not even mind losing his life for them, which is a sign of his betterment. Even though he failed and did not save the hobbits, his death was an act of virtue, which helped him erase his previous vicious act, rather than a punishment for it.
When Aragorn returned to him, Boromir truly repented, saying: Deep-hearted contrition and the act of penance completed his confession, so he could have been freed from his sin for good.
Few have gained such a victory. And the last sentence really recalls a part of the formula of absolution as used during the Sacrament: According to Lynn Forest-Hill, in his final moments Boromir undergoes the greatest personality change of all the characters and fastest as well; it took him only one day, while some other characters took nearly the course of the whole book, and some did not achieve it at all.
This change is even reflected in the title of the first chapter of the third book, The Departure of Boromir. Because for them the death does not mean the end of the life; death is only a transition from one form of life into another — from earthly and physical into an exclusively spiritual one.
With this in mind, it is clear that Boromir embodied the Fallen Man; that is Man who is affected by the aftermaths of the first sin of the first people Adam and Eve in Paradise. As a result of their failure every Man is sinful by nature, for they bear the ancestral sin, and thus are inclined to the temptation of the evil Catechism, Section Two, Chapter One. But they are not hopeless, for the mercy of God is great if they seek His forgiveness.
Tolkien was much concerned with this problem and elaborated it in his writings Carpenter, p. In The Lord of the Rings the best and most explicit example of the nature of Fallen Man was Boromir and his main role as a book character was to point out the blessing and grace a sinful man receives when he confesses his sins and honestly repents them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Tolkien himself said that to him it felt as if he was only recording a history of something that has once ago really happened. Obviously, that is not true. Nonetheless, in this work I will treat Boromir the same way, as if he were a real person. It may be an unusual approach in critical analysis and I am aware this paper may not justify high academic standards in every aspect.
But I chose it to provide a different point of view; to approach it from the perspective of a reader who tends to get absorbed by the story and live with and in it. The philosophy of Aquinas who was declared a Doctor of the Church in was established as the principal philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church in by the Code of Canon Law. So naturally, Tolkien as a deep believer could not have remained uninfluenced by it.