The Departure of Boromir (scene)

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The Departure of Boromir (scene)
Scene from
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Scene number45
Event The death of Boromir
Characters Boromir, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli
The Breaking of the Fellowship
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The Departure of Boromir is the thirty-ninth scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the forty-fifth of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition). This scene was extended in the latter edition.


After defeating Lurtz, a bloody Aragorn rushes to the wounded Boromir who is lying on the ground.

He tells Aragorn that Merry and Pippin have been taken by the Uruk-hai and asks of Frodo. Aragorn glances at him while trying to heal his wounds and tells him he let Frodo go. Boromir admits to Aragorn that he tried to take the Ring from Frodo; he feels he has failed the Fellowship. However, Aragorn tells him he fought bravely.

Boromir is certain that Sauron will take control of Middle-earth, and that Minas Tirith will fall. But Aragorn swears to him "I will not let the White City fall, nor our people fail". A dying Boromir fixates on Aragorn's acknowledgement of his ties to Gondor and the race of Men, and reaches for his sword. Aragorn places it in his hands as Legolas and Gimli arrive in Boromir's final moments.

"I would have followed you my brother. My captain. My king," Boromir says to Aragorn with a smile and a touch of reverence, before he passes away.


While this scene occurs towards the end of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, in the books, the corresponding events occur in the first chapter of The Two Towers.

In terms of differences in content, in this scene, Boromir is found pierced by three arrows by Lurtz — a character created for the movie — whereas in the books, Boromir is pierced by many arrows shot by orcs; he was found by Aragorn leaning against a tree with the bodies of many orcs around him.[1] Aragorn's vulnerability is much more evident in the book; following the death of Boromir, Aragorn states "Vain was Gandalf's trust in me", and "All that I have done today has gone amiss".[1] In this scene, he is much more accepting of Boromir's death and (in the next scene) the wider events that have befallen the Fellowship.