The Lord of the Rings
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Grew Up… the son of a steward of Gondor. He grew up alongside his brother Faramir and quickly became his father’s favorite son, casting Faramir into a dark and desolate position as second-best. Still, Boromir never stopped trying to please his father.

Living… as a member of the Fellowship of the Ring, a group of men (Boromir and Aragorn), four hobbits (Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin), a dwarf (Gimli), an elf (Legolas), and a wizard (Gandalf). They have all united to help the Ring-bearer, Frodo, destroy the One Ring before it falls back into the hands of the evil lord Sauron. To do that, Frodo will have to travel to the enemy’s home of Mordor and cast the Ring into Mount Doom. Boromir is at first a skeptic of the plan, saying, “One does not simply walk into Mordor.” But that’s what must be done to save Middle Earth, so Boromir joins the quest.

Profession… warrior. Boromir carries his shield, his sword, and his dagger everywhere he goes. That is the price of being a fighter from a powerful family during these hard times. Orcs could be lurking around any corner, and Boromir is one of few men who could slay any worthy opponent.

Interests… none. He has no time for hobbies in this time of war. But Boromir is well known for his great horn of Gondor, which he blows during times of great distress to alert the Fellowship about oncoming parties of orcs, or other important messages.

Relationship Status… single. Boromir wishes to first become a legendary hero, uniting all of Gondor once again. Only then will he take a wife.

Challenge… avoiding the Ring’s seduction. The Ring has a mind of its own, and just looking into its magnificence is enough to control your mind indefinitely. Boromir walks a tight rope of possible betrayal of his quest. He has vowed to help Frodo destroy the Ring, but starts to think that its immense power could used to restore Gondor to its once-towering heights. Boromir is torn between the vow he has sworn to the Fellowship and his desire to see Gondor rise again.

Personality… headstrong and self-sufficient. Sometimes easily annoyed, Boromir is one of the most moody of the Fellowship. But he also has a soft spot for “the little ones,” as he refers to the hobbits, and fights furiously to keep them from harm. In the end, Boromir realizes that protecting the small and weak is a noble cause.


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