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Boromir (Lord of Ladros)

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Boromir (F.A. 338-F.A. 432) was son of Boron and grandson of Bëor the Old and leader of the House of Bëor.

He was given by the Elves (possibly Finrod) the region of Ladros in Dorthonion, since his House had long been loyal in his service.

He was the father of Andreth, Beril and Bregor, who succeeded him.

Etymology

In the Etymologies, the name Boromir is discussed under the root BOR. The name is said to be a Noldorin form derived from Old Noldorin Boronmíro, being originally an Elvish name borne by Gnomes in Valinor. The first element related to Old Noldorin boron ("steadfast, trusty man, faithful vassal").[1] The ending -mir, derived from root MIR (a root yielding derivatives meaning "jewel, precious thing, treasure"), related to Old Noldorin mîre.[1][2] According to the framework of the Etymologies, the name Boromir would thus likely mean "faithful jewel".[3][4]

The Appendices to The Lord of the Rings give a slightly different etymology for the name of Boromir, son of Denethor, mentioning it as being Gondor Sindarin.[5] See Boromir: Etymology.

Other versions of the Legendarium

The first bearer of the name Boromir in the early versions of the legendarium was the character later named Borlach.[6][7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 353 (root BOR)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part One" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 45, November 2003, p. 35
  3. Didier Willis: Message 16203 (July 13, 2002) at Elfling (mailing list)
  4. Beregond, Anders Stenström, Message 16358 (July 20, 2002) at Elfling (mailing list)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of Men", footnote
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Two: Valinor and Middle-earth before The Lord of the Rings, III. The Later Annals of Beleriand", p. 151 (note to Annal 263)
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part One. The Grey Annals", p. 128 (note to §174),
Boromir
House of Bëor
Born: F.A. 338 Died: F.A. 432
Preceded by:
Boron
4th Head of the House of BëorNone
None
New position
1st Lord of LadrosFollowed by:
Bregor