The Fellowship of the Ring was the company chosen by Elrond Halfelven to protect and guide the Ring-bearer on his quest to destroy the One Ring in the fire of Mount Doom. The company was composed of nine, and all of the Free Peoples were represented: Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin for the Hobbits; Legolas for the Elves; Gimli for the Dwarves; Aragorn and Boromir for Men; and Gandalf.
Boromir was a Man of Gondor, the son of Denethor II who served as the Steward of the realm in the absence of an heir to the throne. Boromir was “a tall man with a fair and noble face, dark-haired and grey-eyed, proud and stern of glance”. He was strong and valiant, the Captain-General of Gondor, and he had never taken a wife, preferring the life of a warrior. Both Boromir and his younger brother, Faramir, had each experienced a strange, prophetic dream in which a voice from the West impelled them to journey to far-off Rivendell to seek for the Sword That was Broken. Though Faramir had experienced the dream many times and Boromir just once, it was Boromir who was chosen to undertake the journey, for the way was long, uncertain, and perilous. Boromir is seen here upon his northward journey, preparing to ford the Greyflood at the ruined city of Tharbad. Though he lost his steed in that dangerous crossing, Boromir continued to Rivendell on foot. At the Council of Elrond, Boromir argued against the decision to destroy the Ring, propounding instead that it be brought to Gondor where its power might be turned against the Enemy. His proposal was rejected, but Boromir was selected to be among the company of Nine Walkers that set out from Rivendell. Nevertheless, the protection of the realm and people of Gondor remained Boromir’s chief concern, and he was overcome by lust for the Ring and tried to seize it when the company reached Parth Galen. Thus the Fellowship was broken, but Boromir achieved redemption in a heroic last stand, for he chose not to further pursue the Ringbearer, but instead gave his life in battle against orcs to defend Frodo’s kinsmen, Meriadoc and Peregrin.
This outfit is the ninth in a series of portraits based on the Fellowship of the Ring. Boromir is among the more complexly-drawn characters in The Lord of the Rings, so I’ve been eager to depict him. Though he did succumb to the temptation of the Ring, his redeption is almost like something out of the great tales of the First Age, and the heroic funeral by boat that he is given shows that he is ultimately a character to be revered and not reviled: his body was borne down the Anduin to the Sea, over which the Men of Westernesse came long ago. Boromir is one of the most extensively described members of the Fellowship in terms of his appearance and attire, which is unusual for Tolkien: “He was cloaked and booted as if for a journey on horseback; and indeed though his garments were rich, and his cloak was lined with fur, they were stained with long travel. He had a collar of silver in which a single white stone was set; his locks were shorn about his shoulders. On a baldric he wore a great horn tipped with silver that now was laid upon his knees.” I’ve dressed Boromir in the colours of Gondor: black and silver, and I chose a fur-lined cloak in the same colours, showing the device of what could be a Númenórean ship in icy waters of muted green to match the tunic worn underneath his long surcoat. He carries his shield, which will be sundered in his final battle against the orcs and placed in his funeral boat by Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas. Unfortunately, there was no direct way to cosmetically represent his silver collar; Tolkien was using “collar” in the archaic sense of “a heavy necklace or chain”.
Well, it’s been a year in the works, but now that all nine of my portraits of the members of the Fellowship of the Ring are completed, I’ve got a special post planned for this Friday that brings them all together in one place; I hope you’ll stop by to check it out!
- Shoulders: Campaign Pauldrons of the Mark (crafted — tailor T8/Men of the Sutcrofts reputation), black
- Back: Bearskin Winter Cloak (purchased — LOTRO Store), olive
- Chest: Tempered Iron Hauberk (quest reward — Dunland  Tribunal of Shadows), black
- Hands: Pever-durnvol (looted — The Foundry), black
- Feet: Lesser Mark of the West Shoes (bartered — Harndirion novices quartermaster/tier 1 difficulty Rune-keeper armour), black
- Shield: The Wall of Annúminas (purchased — Tinnudir Wardens of Annúminas reputation vendor)
Tips: Many of the black and white shoulder pieces from the Tower of Orthanc raid (available at the Ox-clan merchant camp) would make very nice-looking alternatives to the shoulders used in this outfit. The cloak was formerly available for barter during the Yule festival, but recently seems to no longer be available by that means. The Tempered Iron Hauberk shares its appearance with several other Dunland quest reward items, as do Pever-durnvol (the latter specifically drops in Isengard’s Foundry instance). If you don’t have access to the Mark of the West Shoes, the Ceremonial Boots of the Learned (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Helegrod cosmetic clothing – light), dyed black, would be a very nice alternative.
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