The Unfortunate Legacy of Boromir

Just the other day a stunning realization hit me that I had never really thought about before. Boromir is the only member of the Fellowship who died. Gandalf “died” but was resurrected in The Two Towers so he didn’t officially perish. Every hobbit survived. Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas didn’t come to a gruesome demise. And that leads me back to the basis of this post. Boromir is the only major character (besides King Theodin and Gollum…and Sauron, but they weren’t original members of the Fellowship) who died in The Lord of the Rings. I mean, even ancient Bilbo Baggins and dying Arwen didn’t die.

That’s pretty unfortunate. And it’s also a shame because I, personally, liked Boromir. Yeah, he was a nuisance as soon as he appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring but he realized his mistakes by the end of his journey and was determined to prove himself as a trustworthy ally of his Fellowship members.

I’ve shed tears many times when he speaks his final words to Aragorn. 1: Because it’s sad. And 2: Because it seems unfair that he was killed off so soon. But…that is the way of things and while he may be the only member of the Fellowship who found a terrible end he will always be one of the most memorable characters in the trilogy.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

2 thoughts on “The Unfortunate Legacy of Boromir”

  1. I think that Boromir’s death was a symbol. He represented the “old ways” of Man – noble in appearance, but craving power and greedy. In spite of the apparent nobility in him, he still carried that greed and lust for power inside. As a member of the fellowship, he had to be… destroyed… to show those traits of Man being destroyed and that, ultimately, Man could be redeemed (Aragorn) and was worthy of being part of the next age. His realization at the end of his time with the fellowship was (in my opinion) an understanding of that and thus an explanation to us.

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