The Return of the King

The Return of the King

by

J. R. R. Tolkien

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Boromir was the first son of Denethor and one of the members of the Fellowship. His death (chronicled in the first book of The Lord of the Rings trilogy) is one of the sources of Denethor’s despair, as Boromir was Denethor’s favorite son. Denethor constantly compares the gentler Faramir, who tends to welcome the wisdom of others, with the more stubborn Boromir, who he perceives to have been bolder and more loyal.

Boromir Quotes in The Return of the King

The The Return of the King 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:
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
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Book 5, Chapter 7 Quotes

“[O]ne at least of the Seven Seeing Stones was preserved. In the days of his wisdom Denethor would not presume to use it to challenge Sauron, knowing the limits of his own strength. But his wisdom failed; and I fear that as the peril of his realm grew he looked in the Stone and was deceived: far too often, I guess, since Boromir departed. He was too great to be subdued to the will of the Dark Power, he saw nonetheless only those things which that Power permitted him to see. The knowledge which he obtained was, doubtless, often of service to him; yet the vision of the great might of Mordor that was shown to him fed the despair of his heart until it overthrew his mind.”

Related Characters: Gandalf (speaker), Denethor, Boromir, Sauron
Related Symbols: The Seeing Stones
Page Number: 134
Explanation and Analysis:
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Boromir Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character Boromir appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 5, Chapter 1 
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Power, Wisdom, and Mercy Theme Icon
...the two coldly, and he asks whether Pippin is one of the hobbits that saw Boromir die. He adds that he regrets sending Boromir on that journey, and should have sent... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Denethor has been holding Boromir’s horn in his lap. He says he heard the horn being blown far away 13... (full context)
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
Denethor’s first command to Pippin is for him to tell Denethor everything he knows about Boromir. Gandalf mentions that he has a lot to discuss with Denethor; Denethor replies that he... (full context)
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
After an hour of Denethor’s questions about Boromir, Pippin is exhausted and hungry, and Gandalf is impatient. Denethor sends Gandalf to the lodgings... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 4
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...Gandalf. When the two of them reach the Citadel, Pippin sees how closely Faramir resembles Boromir, but he feels moved with devotion to Faramir in a way he hasn’t felt before.... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...thinks and would rather have the approval of Gandalf than of his father. Denethor grieves Boromir’s absence. Faramir, he thinks, is too gentle to be useful in war. Faramir asks Denethor... (full context)
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War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
Gandalf tells Denethor that Boromir would never have brought the Ring to him. Even if Boromir had lived, he would’ve... (full context)