Full Name: Boromir
Name Meaning: Jeweled Hand (mix of Sindarin and Quenya Elvish)
Birth Date: TA 2978
Date of Death: TA 3019
Parents: Father, Denethor II. Mother, Finduilas
Boromir was the eldest son of the Steward of Gondor, Denethor. The Stewards were instated when the last king of Gondor disappeared, leaving no heir. Denethor favored the courageous Boromir, who solved problems with a sword, over his younger son, the gentler Faramir, who was a great captain but did not love war for its own sake. Boromir was valiant, and recaptured Osgiliath, a ruined city across the river Anduin, from the Enemy.
When Boromir was 40 years old, he and Faramir had the same dream about the fate of Minas Tirith. In the dream they were told to seek for Imladris (Rivendell). Denethor chose Boromir for the errand, for though Faramir wished to be sent, Boromir would suffer no other to go on the journey. Boromir arrived the night before the Council of Elrond took place. He took part in the Council, and, along with Aragorn, was chosen to represent the race of Men in the Fellowship.
Boromir never truly understood that the Ring could only be used for evil purposes, nor did he acknowledge Aragorn as heir to the throne of Gondor until the very end of his life. Boromir pleaded with Frodo to lend him the Ring, and when Frodo would not, Boromir tried to take it by force. Frodo put on the Ring and disappeared, leaving Boromir to realize what he had said and done. Boromir redeemed himself by trying to defend the hobbits Merry and Pippin, but the Uruk-hai were too many, and Boromir was pierced by many arrows. Merry and Pippin were captured, and Boromir died after telling Aragorn that he had tried to take the Ring from Frodo, and that the orcs had taken the little ones. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli placed his body in one of their Elven boats, and sent it down the Falls of Rauros. Sometime later, the boat was found by Faramir, who realized with grief that his beloved brother was dead.
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