Can we stop it with the awkward interjections in this council?
Frodo jumps up, ready to give the ring to Aragorn, who he now realizes is Isildur’s heir. Aragorn declines, and Gandalf urges Frodo to present the ring to all. It is time. Thus, the ring is revealed. Boromir understands the riddle, but is unclear on what this means for Gondor, other than impending doom. Aragorn counters by saying that this is a crossroads in Middle-earth. Great things are to come, for good and bad. He has carried Narsil in hopes of fulfilling the prophecy that the sword would be remade when the ring was found. He also offers the return of the house of Elendil to Gondor, which Boromir mulls over, judging the worn Ranger. Bilbo, frustrated, recites the rhyme about Aragorn that Gandalf had included in his letter earlier to Frodo.
No First Mentions? That’s refreshing!
We start to see the prejudices coming to light here. Boromir doesn’t want to hand Gondor over to a wandering Ranger. While Aragorn has a claim to the rule of the southern kingdom, Boromir’s pride overrules the return of the king.
Besides, Boromir wouldn’t have been played by Sean Bean if he wasn’t kind of a sometimes good, but more often jerky guy. Can you name a Sean Bean role where he doesn’t play that character?
Harder mission: name a Sean Bean role where he doesn’t die.
I guess that’s what you get when your first and last names are completely the same except for the first letters.
Enough beating up on Boromir, he’s just NOT THAT GOOD.
Ouch. Moving forward, Bilbo chooses the correct time to cite another rhyming riddle, also clearly referring to the present state of affairs in Middle-earth. Funny how that happens. Who wrote these, anyway? Is there any equivalent culture to the Mayans in Middle-earth? Nostradamus? Fortune cookies? Fortune lembas?
Wow, I’m really mocky today. Chill, me. Let’s end this here before I rail on someone else.
“The crownless again shall be king.”