Wednesday, March 1, 2017

25 Days of LOTR - Day 1

And now we kick off 25 Days of LOTR leading up to March 25th (the anniversary of the Downfall of Sauron) with another important anniversary!

March 1st is the birthday of one of the most beloved characters in the whole legendarium, Aragorn Elessar.

What better way to celebrate the renowned hunter, king and man than by pitting him against a distant relative in a duel to see who wins???

For the next few weeks there will be an ongoing bracket with the favorite characters in LOTR facing off against each other, all vying for the top slot.

For the first duel, we have Aragorn vs. Boromir.

Keep in mind overall characterization: how interesting it is to read about each character as well as which character does the right thing.

Vote for your favorite in the comments and explain your reasoning.  By tomorrow I will count up the votes and the character favored will advance to the next round.

Good luck to each of the characters, and may the odds be ever in your favor....may the force be with you ...(*mentally reminds self that this is 25 Days of LOTR*)

"May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks."

Be thee ware that each day in the 25 Days of LOTR will also feature a meme.  They are important to the health of any blog, reader or writer.

Image result for aragorn meme

11 comments:

  1. Man, this is and isn't difficult to decide. I think Aragorn gets more characterization and backstory than Boromir. Aragorn lives for all three books. Boromir only survives the first book and a couple of pages of the next. Aragorn's bloodline can be traced all the way to Elendil, and we know the history of that line, which has an influence on the way we see Aragorn. We don't get as much information about Boromir's family tree, though. We do know that Boromir and Faramir got along pretty well, whereas we don't know much about Aragorn's relationships with Elrond's family (though I'm sure they got along just fine, seeing how Elladan and Elrohir support him in RotK, and the fact that he marries Arwen).

    I liked reading about Aragorn more, but that could have been because he obviously had more scenes and speech than Boromir.

    This is the hardest part: which character does the right thing. I think that, in the end, both did the right thing. Sure, Boromir may have been stubborn at the beginning, but he went along with the Company with hardly any resistance until greed takes a hold of him. But he repented in the end, which was the right thing to do. It's harder to see a struggle to do the right thing in Aragorn. He did have a couple of hard choices, such as whether to follow Frodo or rescue Merry and Pippin, but it's not so much as a struggle for what's right as it is a struggle to do what's best.

    Well, it looks Aragorn wins this round for me. Love the meme!

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    1. That entire reason is probably why I believe Boromir would win. At first he was stubborn and you didn't really like his attitude but in the end he decided to save merry and pippin the people closest to him and yes in the end he repented his actions. Also (I believe it was Return of the King) you learn that Denethor told Boromir to take the ring for Gondor so he was just following orders that may have not been his actual opinion on the ring. Personally I like Aragorn better but for this case I believe Boromir wins.

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    2. If I'm not mistaken, Boromir and Aragorn actually both are heirs of Elendil, though Boromir's bloodline is more mixed and Aragorn is more of a "purebred" if you will. You're right though, Kalends, we do know more about Aragorn's history.

      Awesome, thanks for your opinion! And thank you, I thought it was pretty funny too XD

      True, Boromir did some heroic things. I think you're right about that Kolby--thanks for your input.

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  2. I'll vote for Boromir although I like Aragorn better. Like Kalends said, both do the right thing, but Boromir struggles to do it, which is more human.

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    1. Oh, that's a good point! I relate more to Boromir, I suppose, that's true.

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  3. I love Boromir, I really do. I like him more than Faramir (sorry F, although I love you to). But I'm voting Aragorn, because a) I just enjoy him more, I like reading about him, I like following his whole struggle with the 'Arwen thing". b) his heroism, bravery, nobility etc., are all very vote-worthy, as well as his incredible ability as a fighter and his natural tendency to leadership.
    c) I value his humility (as I value Gandalf's). He is very patient, and while there are moments where he is very much the king, Strider (as he says himself) has never left. He doesn't lord himself over anyone, but it is cool to watch him coming into his own throughout the book. It is most noticeable when he takes the Palantir from Gandalf saying that his hour is drawing near. And of course his calmly accepting the fact that he keeps having to take detours to Minas Tirith, where he really wants to go.
    Anyway. I'll stop rambling. I'm sorry Boromir. I love you. No hard feelings, you redeemed yourself in the end, you just aren't quite up to competing with the Heir of Elendil.

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    1. Those are all very good points and well explained. Thank you for your vote!

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  4. I'm voting for Aragorn, definitely. I appreciate Boromir, but Aragorn has always been more compelling to me. I admire him for his patience and humility. Knowing it is not yet time to claim his throne, he lives the harsh, lonely life of a Ranger. Enduring rejection and ridicule of every kind, he willingly dedicates himself to the service of others without asking for any reward or even gratitude in return. He never overlooks even the smallest person, pledging his life to the protection of a hobbit from the Shire. Also, at the Breaking of the Fellowship, he blames himself for the disaster, and he never reveals Boromir's deathbed confession.

    He also has an innate sense of responsibility, never wavering in his determination to reclaim the throne of Gondor. When the time comes to take the Palantir and follow the Paths of the Dead, he does it, not succumbing to either timidity or bravado.

    Yet in spite of all that, he's still so very human. To give just one example, I'm always touched by the scene in the Prancing Pony when he tells the hobbits that he had hoped they would believe him for his own sake, without further proof, because "a hunted man grows weary of mistrust."

    His character is just so much more fleshed out than Boromir's, and I've always gravitated to him.

    - Ellen

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    1. Fantastic points, especially the part about Aragorn's human weakness of feeling lonely. :)

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  5. Aragorn wins, hands down. Although I love Boromir, Aragorn's journey throughout the books is all the more appealing to me. His character development is so subtle that the reader hardly even realizes it's happening until Aragorn once more dawns his old identity as Strider in "Return of the King".

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    1. Very true, it's so subtle that even the Hobbits sometimes have moments when they look up and suddenly realize he has changed.

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