“Farewell, Aragorn! Go to Minas Tirith and save my people! I have failed.” “No!”
said Aragorn, taking his hand and kissing his brow. “You have conquered. Few have gained such a victory. Be at peace!
Minas Tirith shall not fall!”
Boromir: The Fall of the Mighty
In contrast to Aragorn, Boromir is someone who takes up the mantle of leadership, if needed, and proudly
struts his valiant stock. You see, Boromir is not simply a man of valor, but he was the firstborn of the current Steward of
Gondor. In essence, he viewed himself in the same class as the princes of his world.
Boromir is brave and mighty, and there are many great things he does in and for the Fellowship. Still,
as time goes on, the need to have the Ring gnaws at him until it overtakes him. Frodo flees from Boromir. The mighty man of
Gondor, soon afterwards, dies trying to protect Merry and Pippin.
In one sense he reminds me of Judas Iscariot, for just as Judas was one of the Twelve, so Boromir was
one of the Fellowship. However, Judas sold out Jesus, whereas Boromir was deceived by his own temptations for the Ring. In
this sense he reminds me more of Peter, who denied he knew Jesus three times. Both Boromir and Peter fell to temptation and
pride, it was not the same kind of fall as that of Judas. Yet, it did remove Boromir from the Fellowship prematurely, just
as Judas’ life was ended prematurely.
We must all remember that we have a little Boromir in us. We are all a little like Peter. We have a
mouth that speaks before thinking, and pride that is founded upon nothing of any real worth. What do you or I have to be proud
of? Is there anything that we have done, without the help of God, that we can boast about? The answer is “No!”
Boromir, Peter are truly like us, but then again, so are the rest of the Fellowship, the rest of the Twelve. Each of us are
plagued by the sin of pride. We all stumble and fall, but to what extent we fall depends largely upon to what extent we are
In the book of Revelation a letter is sent out to the Church in Ephesus. It begins by telling them
that He, that is Jesus, knows of their good deeds. Then it goes on to say, “But you have left your first love.”
Along with that is the warning that they are to remember the height from which they have fallen and repent or else He will
come and take their lamp from its place among the lampstand. I’d rather be a misguided “fool of a Took”,
as was Pippin, than fall like Boromir, or even Peter, who went out and wept bitterly. The trouble is, I think I’ve already
surpassed Peter, and Boromir, in my fallen, prideful state. I have felt the tears of bitterness, hot upon my cheeks. For only
there, in true humility, can there be hope for any of us.
"I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood." (Matthew 27:4a)
"And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock
crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly." (Matthew 26:75)