The scene in Fellowship of the Ring, where Boromir speaks to Aragorn in Lothlorien…

[This is the scene]( that I’m talking about.

I’ve seen the films so many times I’ve actually lost count, and this particular scene always made me admire Sean Bean and his acting skills. It shows us that Boromir isn’t a dick as some have said, only that he’s desperate for *anything* that will help his people. The tremble in his voice, those little moments when he looks away and you kinda see the thoughts of his father, responsibilities and his people going through his mind, Sean Bean did a helluva job on portraying Boromir.

And being an older son myself, I felt a deeper connection to Boromir, especially in this scene, his acting was so genuine, I also understand the expectations and responsibilities that my father has for me.

I guess I just wanted to share that even though I’ve seen the films so many times, this scene struck a deeper note in my mind last night, especially now that I’m older, and that Sean Bean’s portrayal was just so perfect. Hats off to you mate!

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37 thoughts on “The scene in Fellowship of the Ring, where Boromir speaks to Aragorn in Lothlorien…

  1. Lando_Red March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    > Have you ever seen it, Aragorn? The White Tower of Ecthelion, glimmering like a spike of pearl and silver, its banners caught high in the morning breeze. Have you ever been called home by the clear ringing of silver trumpets?……….One day, our paths will lead us there and the tower guard will take up the call: The Lords of Gondor have returned.

    So good.

  2. Captain_CerealBowl March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I love when Boromir dashed to stop that axe with his brute strength, to save Pippin and Merry. Was also such a great moment. And of course when he fended off all those Uruk-hai too. His character had a lot of depth, that most people took the wrong way.

    But overall he was such a great character. Agreed OP. Sean Bean did a fantastic job.

  3. aestus March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    We understand Boromir’s motivation and desperation a lot better when we meet Denethor in RotK, and briefly in Two Towers. He truly believes the ring can save his city, which is on the cusp of war.

    How would Faramir have fared in his place? No better I think, he would have been eager to not let his father down.

  4. felldirge March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    The hate that gets dumped on Boromir has always bothered me. It’s said and shown repeatedly that the ring is going to corrupt everyone (well not Sam) it just works on Boromir first because he’s already looking for a weapon and thinks the mission is futile.

  5. dyloniusfunk March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Boromir is one of those parts of LOTR that PJ and company improved on from the book. I think most hard core Tolkien fans will agree on that, despite some of the other changes that were made, not all of them I have issue with. Faramir for example, is one I have no issue with. You can’t spend a film and a half building up the corrupting power of the ring, only to have some random dude show up and say he would not pick it up if it was on the side of the road. That might work in the books, but not in a movie.

  6. matty80 March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Boromir is a fallen hero; he isn’t a bad man. It’s interesting to read that some people consider him a villain, I wasn’t really aware of that.

    He’s the person who walks into this story with the most to lose. He isn’t an elf who can simply leave. He isn’t a hobbit who doesn’t really understand the stakes. He isn’t a dwarf who can dig into to his mountain and defend a position forever. He certainly isn’t a wizard. He’s a commander of the isolated forces on the very front line. He’s single-minded and utterly desperate. That’s why he’s perfect prey for the ring. I always thought that was basically the point of the character. A good person who can’t cope anymore.

  7. AidilAfham42 March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    His redeeming last stand..damn I’m gonna cry..

  8. roostergooseter March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Boromir, Faramir and Denethor’s characters and motivations all suffered from the pre-ring flashbacks that were omitted from the theatrical cut.

  9. xerxerxex March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Boromir is easily one of the best character in the movie. Loved his brief scene in RotK.

  10. quantum_cupcakes March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    It reminds me of Elrond to Arwen about Aragorn.

    “Whether by the sword or the slow decay of time…Aragorn will die. And there will be no comfort for you… no comfort to ease the pain of his passing. He will come to death… an image of the splendor of the kings of Men… in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world.

    But you, my daughter…you will linger on in darkness and in doubt…as nightfall in winter that comes without a star. Here you will dwell…bound to your grief under the fading trees… until all the world is changed……and the long years of your life are utterly spent.”

    If that isn’t some of the most powerful writing you’ve read there’s something wrong

  11. DarkKnight92 March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Boromir is definitely my favourite character out of the fellowship. He had so much depth, a man, struggling to help his people who is looking for something, anything, that will give his people hope again. His desperation made him harsh and sometimes he was perceived as going against the grain of the fellowship, but his intentions were always good and true even when sometimes his actions were not (going after Frodo). His redemption was also one of the most heartbreaking moments in the trilogy, to selflessly sacrifice himself for Merry and Pippin, it showed the true quality and heroic nature of the character. And finally, realising Aragorn is and will be the true king of Gondor gave him that bit of hope that he needed, he knew that even though he is dead, his people will be in good hands, which gave him a level of comfort just before his passing. An amazing character, flawlessly played by Sean Bean.

  12. azulamazing March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Boromir is my favourite character. Scenes like this are why.

  13. CeboMcDebo March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I have always loved Boromir because he proves that he is just Human. That besides his fighting skills he is unremarkable and can fall to corruption like any man, woman or child.

    There is really no other character in the series, books or movies, that made me feel this way. It is why Boromir is my favourite chracter. The fact that you don’t really see that side of any of the Human characters throughout the series always annoyed me.

  14. Crash665 March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Anyone who thinks Boromir is a dick after knowing the story of his family and his motivation . . . . . I don’t want to know people that stupid.

  15. dexdaflex March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Boromir always seemed the most real to me…and really he was. Of the cast he is just a dude. The only regular guy there desperately trying to save his people.

  16. lucifers_booty_fur March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Boromir is one of my favorite characters, and I think (especially if people haven’t read the books) that they don’t always get a full grasp of his character.

    He was essentially the golden child of Gondor. A beloved captain, respected leader, and tales of his skills and conquests have spread throughout Middle-earth. People in other kingdoms (ie Eomer) have heard of him and deeply respect him.

    We know he eventually tries to take the Ring from Frodo, but Tolkien also highlights his redemption. I actually wrote a research paper on Tolkien, and an overarching theme throughout LOTR and other works is that almost every character has one or multiple chances at redeeming themselves.

    Anyway, to show what I mean, compare his struggle with The Ring to Smeagol’s. Smeagol was driven by selfishness, greed, lust. He had nothing at stake save for possession of The Ring, and murdered his best friend merely because he thought it was beautiful and desirable. The Ring had him at first glance, and his guilt was not enough for him to repent.

    Boromir, by contrast, was driven by his love for Gondor and its people. He was facing impossible odds, and had what he believed to be his only chance at victory right in front of him. He wasn’t trying to murder Frodo (not to excuse his attempting thievery). And immediately after his actions, he realized that The Ring was fucking with him. He repented, and shortly after he gave his life in defense of Merry and Pippin.

    Tolkien was demonstrating both the terrible power The Ring to corrupt even the best and most promising of men, while also showing that forgiveness is available to all.

    And I agree, Sean Bean was the perfect cast for the role.

  17. mahnkey March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    This scene never fails to make me tear up despite having watched it 1000x

  18. ManSuperHot March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Watching it right now. Every encounter with every monster is caused by Merry and Pippin being dumb, lol

  19. KitMcSelb March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I always think it’s a shame the Boromir flashback was cut from the theatrical releases, the Extended Editions are a must watch for anyone who really loves the film series. They really flesh out certain areas that always seemed rushed when I first watched in the cinema years ago.

  20. NotQuiteHereYet March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Alright, fine! Looks like I’m spending my whole day off watching the extended LoTR trilogy again.

  21. PudgyBonestld March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Damn, these movies just had a different feel to them. On another level for sure.

  22. notyourvader March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    His command was all that defended Osgiliath from Mordor and he knew leaving for that ring would leave Gondor vulnerable. Faramir was across the river attacking supply convoys behind enemy lines.
    He came there because of a vision and not receiving the aid he had hoped for made him desperate for a means to save his country.
    Boromir was one of the most conflicted characters in the story. He was similar to Aragorn, but severely damaged by the war and desperation. He was the most human character.

  23. yuntseeker March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    So many really important moral dilemmas in this story, I think that’s why it’s still so popular even though many who watch the film don’t quite catch all of it. Would seriously recommend reading the book to anyone who has the time, it will massively benefit your character and sense of self.

  24. BossBlue86 March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    I think I feel a re watch coming on

  25. mh80 March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    As a teenager I watched the LotR films a lot. They came at a perfect time for me to enjoy the battles, the magic and the escapism of the secondary world. I’m now 28 and, criminally, it must be at least 10 years since I sat down at watched them properly. I watched them a few weeks ago and it felt like a completely different film now I’m able to see details like these, and understand more of the personal relationships and motivations. Plus I relived all the good stuff with the benefit of nostalgia. Right now I’ve gone back to books and it’s just amazing. Thanks OP, I think I’ll watch them again this weekend.

  26. IntelligentNickname March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    That’s how I understand it aswell, but not because of this scene but because of [the scene where they recaptured Osgiliath and he speaks to Faramir.]( He’s very nice to Faramir and wants to share credit for all the brave men and Faramir who helped.

    He isn’t an evil man just a man who is easily corrupted by the one ring. It’s admirable that he’s able to fight off the temptation for so long too.

  27. minstew99 March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Hands down, my favorite character in the series. Also, the most real.

  28. Dirty_Tub March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    If you want to gain even more respect for Boromir, I recommend reading the books. It goes far deeper into his character. He really was a stand up dude prior to the whole ring thing.

  29. nipplesaurus March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    This is a great scene that adds dimension to Boromir. Upon my first viewing, I saw Boromir as the traitor. But after seeing the movie again and again, this scene made Boromir a sympathetic character. He didn’t try to take the ring for his own gain and lust for power. He was desperate. He and his forefathers had been defending Gondor against Mordor for ages, and it had taken its toll. The fight was neverending. Boromir just wanted to end the suffering of his people and he saw having the ring as a way to do that.

  30. drewfus23 March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Boromir is my favorite character. He’s the one with the most to lose and he fails. But he recognizes his failure and decides to protect the Hobbits that could be seen as “more expendable”. I think he’s one of the reallest characters.

  31. mattrfree March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    The extended editions are so much better when it come to Boromir’s characterization. Faramir too for that matter. Those scenes in TTT with Denethor really shouldn’t have been cut, they make that family and their actions make so much more sense. But then again pretty much everything about the extended editions are much better.

  32. EdgeOfDreaming March 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Chokes me up every time when he says “My Captain, my King.”

    I’m not crying, You’re crying!

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