The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

by

J.R.R. Tolkien

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The son of Denethor and brother of Faramir, Boromir is a proud man and mighty warrior who is set to inherit his father’s role as Steward of Gondor. Present at the Council of Elrond, Boromir argues for the men of Gondor to take the Ring and wield its power against Sauron. He is reluctant to believe Elrond and Gandalf’s advice that the Ring cannot be controlled by any but Sauron. Elrond names him a member of the Company of the Ring, and he becomes increasingly obsessed by thoughts of the Ring as the Company progresses toward Mordor. Boromir appears unwilling to enter the elf-forest of Lothlórien, for he has heard disturbing rumors about the psychic powers of the Lady Galadriel who dwells there. Indeed, he is unusually quiet after he meets her, perhaps shaken by the knowledge she has learned about his desires and ambitions. Boromir experiences a challenging relationship with Aragorn after he learns of the Ranger’s lineage, as he respects Aragorn yet doubts his ability to lead the realm of Gondor. The key difference between the two warriors is Boromir’s desire for power and prestige. His extreme sense of duty to Gondor causes him to make rash decisions and to ignore other matters unrelated to his home. Boromir is ultimately corrupted by the Ring and tries to take it from Frodo, which results in the breaking of the Fellowship.

Boromir Quotes in The Fellowship of the Ring

The The Fellowship of the Ring quotes below are all either spoken by Boromir or refer to Boromir. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

“If Gondor, Boromir, has been a stalwart tower, [the Rangers] have played another part. Many evil things there are that your strong walls and bright swords do not stay. You know little of the lands beyond your bounds. Peace and freedom, do you say? The North would have known them little but for us.

[…] Travellers scowl at us, and countrymen give us scornful names. 'Strider' I am to one fat man who lives within a day's march of foes that would freeze his heart, or lay his little town in ruin, if he were not guarded ceaselessly. Yet we would not have it otherwise. If simple folk are free from care and fear, simple they will be, and we must be secret to keep them so. That has been the task of my kindred, while the years have lengthened and the grass has grown.”

Related Characters: Aragorn / Strider (speaker), Boromir
Page Number: 242
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Book 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

“Slow should you be to wind that horn again, Boromir,” said Elrond, “until you stand once more on the borders of your land, and dire need is on you.”

“Maybe," said Boromir. "But always I have let my horn cry at setting forth, and though thereafter we may walk in the shadows, I will not go forth as a thief in the night.”

Related Characters: Boromir (speaker), Elrond (speaker)
Page Number: 272
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Book 2, Chapter 6 Quotes

"And now we must enter the Golden Wood, you say. But of that perilous land we have heard in Gondor, and it is said that few come out who once go in; and of that few none have escaped unscathed."

"Say not unscathed, but if you say unchanged, then maybe you will speak the truth," said Aragorn. "But lore wanes in Gondor, Boromir, if in the city of those who once were wise they now speak evil of Lothlórien [...] only evil need fear it, or those who bring some evil with them.”

Related Characters: Aragorn / Strider (speaker), Boromir (speaker), Galadriel
Page Number: 329
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Book 2, Chapter 8 Quotes

[Aragorn’s] own plan, while Gandalf remained with them, had been to go with Boromir, and with his sword help to deliver Gondor. For he believed that the message of the dreams was a summons, and that the hour had come at last when the heir of Elendil should come forth and strive with Sauron for the mastery. But in Moria the burden of Gandalf had been laid on him; and he knew that he could not now forsake the Ring, if Frodo refused in the end to go with Boromir. And yet what help could he or any of the Company give to Frodo, save to walk blindly with him into the darkness?

Page Number: 359
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The travellers sat still without moving or speaking. On the green bank near to the very point of the Tongue the Lady Galadriel stood alone and silent. As they passed her they turned and their eyes watched her slowly floating away from them. For so it seemed to them: Lórien was slipping backward, like a bright ship masted with enchanted trees, sailing on to forgotten shores, while they sat helpless upon the margin of the grey and leafless world.

Page Number: 367
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Book 2, Chapter 10 Quotes

"We of Minas Tirith have been staunch through long years of trial. We do not desire the power of Wizard-lords, only strength to defend ourselves, strength in a just cause. And behold! in our need chance brings to light the Ring of Power. It is a gift, I say; a gift to the foes of Mordor. It is mad not to use it, to use the power of the Enemy against him. The fearless, the ruthless, these alone will achieve victory. What could not Aragorn do? Or if he refuses, why not Boromir? The Ring would give me power of Command. How I would drive the hosts of Mordor, and all men would flock to my banner!"

Related Characters: Boromir (speaker), Frodo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Aragorn / Strider, Sauron
Related Symbols: The One Ring
Page Number: 36
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Boromir Character Timeline in The Fellowship of the Ring

The timeline below shows where the character Boromir appears in The Fellowship of the Ring. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 2
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Boromir, a warrior from the south, takes advantage of a pause from Elrond to stand and... (full context)
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...longsword that the Ranger has been carrying in the sheath at his side. Elrond tells Boromir of Aragorn’s lineage as the direct descendant of Isildur, the ancient king of Gondor who... (full context)
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In response to Boromir’s questions, Aragorn discusses the history of the Rangers as protectors of oblivious peoples. He indicates... (full context)
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Boromir suggests they take the Ring to Gondor to wield its immense power against the gathering... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 3
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...Earth to form the Company—Legolas for the elves, Gimli for the dwarves, and Aragorn and Boromir for the human race. With Gandalf’s support, Merry and Pippin secure the final two places... (full context)
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...desire to cross the dangerous pass, despite the threat of foul weather and evil watchers. Boromir persuades the Company to cut down wood to take up the mountain. It proves wise... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 4
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...attack that same night. Backing the Fellowship against a great bonfire they have built, Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, and Gimli each fight with skill and bravery—Aragorn and Boromir use their swords to... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 5
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...Gandalf instructs them to flee while he makes a stand on the bridge. Aragorn and Boromir ignore his command, holding their ground behind the wizard. After breaking the balrog’s sword, Gandalf... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 6
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...are glad to arrive at the border of the forest of Lórien, while Gimli and Boromir would prefer not to enter due to rumors of enchantment they have heard about the... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 7
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...speaking to them inside their minds; all of them pass a test of desire, although Boromir will not reveal what the Lady offered him. (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 8
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...protecting Frodo on a direct quest to Mordor—especially now that they have lost Gandalf—or accompanying Boromir to his homeland of Gondor to aid their people. Frodo is worried when Boromir hints... (full context)
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...shape of an eagle for Aragorn; belts of silver or gold for Merry, Pippin, and Boromir; a great bow and quiver of arrows for Legolas; and a box of magic Lórien... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 9
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The next morning, Boromir encourages the Company to leave the boats and travel west to Gondor. However, Aragorn desires... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 10
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...to reflect on the matter, walking away from the group to think. Sam notices that Boromir watches Frodo intently. (full context)
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...that have occurred in the journey of the Ring so far, Frodo is startled by Boromir’s sudden appearance. The man of Gondor states that he has followed Frodo to protect him... (full context)
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...that he knows the difficult road he must take, although he is afraid of it. Boromir once more argues for the Ring to travel to Gondor, but Frodo has a strong... (full context)
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Frodo races away from Boromir, eventually reaching the summit of Amon Hen. He stops fortuitously at the ancient Seat of... (full context)
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Meanwhile, in his wild lust to take the Ring from Frodo, Boromir has tripped onto his face. The fall shocks him into reality, and he cries out... (full context)