Boromir

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Character
Name: Boromir
Occupation: Captain of the White Tower
Title/Rank: man
Location: Middle-earth
Status: dead
Relationships: Denethor (father), Faramir (brother)
Fandom: Lord of the Rings
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Boromir is a supporting character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. In the Peter Jackson films he is played by Sean Bean.

Canon

Boromir was the son of Denethor, Steward of Gondor, and first appeared in the Council of Rivendell in The Fellowship of the Ring. His background and opinions about the Ring differed from most other contributors; perhaps because of his background, fighting and defending Gondor right on the border of Mordor, he originally wished to take the Ring and wield it as a weapon against Sauron and his forces. However, he yielded to the will of the council. He became one of the original Nine Walkers, who set out with Frodo to help bring the Ring to Mordor and destroy it.

His position as son of the Steward of Gondor made him a little uncomfortable with Aragorn at times, who by blood would be King of Gondor; however, at least in the books, he also feels some kinship to him (they are the only two humans in the Fellowship), and wishes to persuade him of the merits of Gondor.

Boromir also has a brother, Faramir, and though they are never shown together in the books, they are described to be close, and are shown to have a loving relationship in the extended version of the movies as well. Where Faramir might have more of the older, Numenorean blood, having a temperament more similar to Aragorn, Boromir is more bold and perhaps brash. He also is more weak to the influence of the Ring. This comes to a crux when he attempts to take it from Frodo by force, causing Frodo to flee the Fellowship altogether. When Boromir realizes what he's done, he regrets it bitterly, and redeems himself by sacrificing his life to defend the other hobbits from pursuing orcs. He talks to Aragorn before dying, both confessing his mistake and talking of his beloved nation, Gondor. Aragorn praises him, and he is given an honorable burial by the remaining members of the Fellowship.

Fandom

Perhaps because of the high tension in their relationship, Boromir is most commonly shipped with Aragorn. He is also shipped with his brother Faramir.

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Common Tropes in Fanworks

  • Boromir lives: Canon Divergence AU where Boromir does not die
  • Modern AU: Modern setting, where he knows or meets his fellow characters
  • Pastfic: often exploring his relationship with his brother

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