Boromir Tribute: On This Day in Middle-earth

February 26th

Breaking of the Fellowship

Death of Boromir; his horn is heard in Minas Tirith

Meriadoc and Peregrin captured

Frodo and Samwise enter the eastern Emyn Muil

Aragorn sets out in pursuit of the Orcs at evening

Éomer hears of the descent of the Orc-band from Emyn Muil

During the next two months things are going to really pick up, so much stuff happens in February and March. As we head into the summer, things die down and we can speculate on events that might’ve transpired.

Today, however, we are reminded that so many things can happen in one day. The Fellowship breaks, Boromir tries to take the Ring from Frodo, Frodo tries to leave the group, The Fellowship frantically searches for Frodo, Sam uses his head and meets him at the boats, Merry and Pippin get captured by Orcs, Boromir dies trying to save them, and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli leave Frodo and Sam to rescue Merry and Pippin.

We learn some more about happenings in Rohan, Éomer has taken it upon himself to rid their land of Orc filth.

The introduction of Éomer should be treated as an immensely happy event, but for now, we should feel sadness at the passing of Boromir.

I understand that Boromir is not a character everyone loves, he’s headstrong, rash, and he is conceited at times. Regardless, Boromir was the watcher and protector of Gondor, he loved his land and home more than anything. It was his duty to protect it and it would break him to fail. The pressure of being a Captain of Gondor ceraintly affected Boromir and caused him to act the way he did. He would not be able to lead the Men of Gondor without having a headstrong and tough approach to life. Boromir might have been a thorn, but he was incredibly loyal, he was a protector of The Fellowship, and a fighter you would want to have in your corner. In the book Boromir was pierced by many arrows, many, in the movies he was pierced by three. The ferocity and inner strength a man has to have to fight through those injuries is astounding.

This was a man born in war, he was forged by it, that’s what it meant to be Captain of Gondor. I imagine he never had the time to do anything else. He never got the chance to have a family of his own, the city was his family and they loved him for it. This is something not spoken of much but, Boromir was the beloved son of Gondor. He protected the city and its inhabitants, in return they loved him for it. His father’s love was extended when Boromir did his duty and retracted in failure. Therefore, failure never was a consideration for Boromir, he goal was to succeed for his father and his city. On the outside looking in, we might not see that, and after he tried to take the Ring it’s easy to cast him aside. We can’t forget that the Ring has a way of affecting those with fear in their hearts. Boromir was extremely fearful of failing his city. The Ring preyed on that fear and corrupted him, even though it was only for a moment, it was enough to begin the Breaking of the Fellowship.

Boromir knew his mistake immediately and wept from it, never again would he fail The Fellowship and he died proving that.

I love, in the movies, when they take a little extra time cultivating a relationship between Boromir, Merry, and Pippin. He taught them how to wield a sword, during the Flight to the Bridge Boromir immediately grabbed them and jumped across the pit to safety, and in the end Boromor gave his life defending Merry and Pippin. It’s a beautiful addition that should be applauded.

Boromir was a warrior who always fought for good, he wasn’t perfect and weakness might’ve over taken him for a moment, but the strength in his heart would always return. At Of Blades and Kings we remember Boromir as a true warrior and protector, we hope you will to.

Boromir my Captain, I wish you well, may you rest in peace, son of Gondor.

Thank you so much for your time, this turned into a tribute to Boromir post but I hope you enjoyed it.

Thank you and remember, the crownless again shall be king.

– The Wandering One

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