”The Last Words of Boromir", by Ted Nasmith
Welcome back to The Lord of the Rings chapter discussion! The last chapter we discussed was the end of The Fellowship of the Ring and, fittingly enough, the end of the Fellowship: Frodo and Sam had departed alone for Mordor, Merry and Pippin had been taken by Orcs, and the rest were in wild confusion. The Two Towers begins with Aragorn wondering what to do and doubting his own leadership. Would it surprise you to learn that Aragorn never even saw a living Orc at Amon Hen?
Imagine being one of the first readers of The Lord of the Rings in the 1950s and having to wait an entire year to find out what happens to the Fellowship! “The Departure of Boromir”, one of the most beautiful scenes in the Trilogy, is a tragic beginning.