Thursday, November 21, 2013

MEC Day Twenty-One: So Much Death....

Gandalf: Sauron's wrath will be terrible, his retribution swift. The battle for Helm's Deep is over. The battle for Middle Earth is about to begin. All our hopes now lie with two little hobbits, somewhere in the wilderness.


Once more it's a tie for me- between Haldir's death in The Two Towers and Boromir's death in The Fellowship of the Ring.

I've already posted about how annoyed I am over Haldir's death and how senseless I consider it to have been.  But, since Haldir does die, I thought it very fitting that he die in Aragorn's arms - his friend and ally.

And Boromir's death... I would have followed you... my brother... my captain... my king.  I personally find it very interesting the order in which he said that.  'My brother' first – acknowledging Aragorn as a fellow man of the same blood as well as a brother in arms and fellowship.  'My Captain' next – he would have followed Aragorn into battle and wherever he lead, though he did argue with him at times.  Then, 'My King' – signifying that he does believe Aragorn is the heir of Isildur and the rightful King of Gondor, thus also Boromir's king and overlord.  That part is especially poignant considering Boromir's words and the Council of Elrond: 'Gondor has no king.  Gondor needs no king.'

And some quotes... just because.  :D

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater. 
The Fellowship of the Ring (spoken by Haldir in the book and Galadriel in the movie)

Faramir: You are a friend of Boromir?
Frodo Baggins: Yes, for my part.
Faramir: It would grieve you then to learn that he is dead.
Frodo Baggins: [shocked] Dead? How? When?
Faramir: As one of his companions, I had hope you would tell me. He was my brother.
The Two Towers (movie)

Théoden: So much death... what can Men do against such reckless hate?
The Two Towers (movie)

From the Gate of the Kings the North Wind rides, and past the roaring falls,
And clear and cold about the tower its loud horn calls.
‘What news from the North, O mighty wind, do you bring to me today?
What news of Boromir the bold? For he is long away.’
‘Beneath Amon Hen I heard his cry. There many foes he fought,
His cloven shield, his broken sword, they to the water brought.
His head so proud, his face so fair, his limbs they laid to rest,
And Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, bore him upon its breast.
‘O Boromir! The Tower of Guard shall ever northward gaze,
To Rauros, golden Rauros-falls, until the end of days.
Lament for Boromir; The Two Towers (book)

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Miss Melody Muffin


  1. Although I think Boromir's was saddest I do agree that Haldir was very sad aswell.

  2. that poem always makes me sad. (tolkien's poems were amazing.)

    and I totally agree with you about haldir. unnecessary and so sad! :'(


  3. One of my favorite parts in the FotR film is the shot of Aragorn putting on Boromir's vambraces. I've always thought that was his way of securing his promise to Boromir not to let the White City fall. Boromir's death is a powerful scene in both the books and the movies.

  4. Saddest Death. For me it is definitely Boromir's. Yeah, Haldir's death is really sad but since it wasn't in the books it for some reason doesn't really effect me. And Theoden's is sad to but it isn't that sad for me because he has already lived a long and full life were as with Boromir he is in the prime of his life and could have had such a future. But it is sweet that he dies defending Merry and Pippin. I really like the relationship between the three of them.


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