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This is not the same Boromir who accompanied the Fellowship of the Ring, but his distant ancestor. For details of the more famous bearer of this name, see Boromir, son of Denethor II.

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Boromir

The eleventh Ruling Steward of Gondor

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The Boromir who travelled with the Company of the Ring was not the first noble of Gondor to bear that name. More than five hundred years before the War of the Ring, his ancient ancestor, the son of Steward Denethor I, had borne it before him.

Like the Boromir of The Lord of the Rings, the ancient Boromir was also a powerful warrior. It was while his father ruled Gondor that the race of the Uruk-hai first appeared, and Osgiliath was attacked and invaded. Boromir went to war and drove the enemy back from Ithilien for a while, but he sustained poisoned wounds in that war.

Boromir's Morgul-wounds wracked him with pain and shortened his life. He lived only seventy-nine years, a fraction of the usual lifespan for one of his line. When he succeeded his father, his Stewardship was to last no more than twelve years, but it paved the way for the historic rule of his famous and illustrious son Cirion.

Boromir ruled Gondor for twelve years, and was succeeded by his son Cirion.


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The date of Boromir's birth appears only in The History of Middle-earth volume XII, The Peoples of Middle-earth. It cannot therefore be considered completely reliable.

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