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Princes of Dol Amroth
February, 25 2006
Questions about the life and times of Imrahil and his family can be asked here, including questions about Ultimatums, Kin-Strife and the shorter stories. Discussions about Brand can go either here or in the Best-Loved Son thread, since his stories sort of overlap both cycles.
In defense of Aragorn's "failure" of Boromir; and the belief that Aragorn failed as a commander...When the Fellowship set out, it was made clear that this was not a military unit, nor was there any fealty nor obligation on anyone other than Frodo, whose job it was to destroy the Ring. So this was not a military squadron with Aragorn replacing Gandalf as Captain.
That being said, I think Aragorn dropped the ball; not perhaps so much in handling Boromir's Ring-temptation - I blame Galadriel for not mentioning, when she clearly seemed to know of it, Boromir's vulnerability, to Aragorn or even Boromir himself - but in the final sequence that resulted in Frodo and Sam vanished, two other hobbits made captive, and Boromir dead. Aragorn was the de facto leader of the Fellowship; and he dropped the ball, or perhaps didn't watch the multiple balls closely enough. But I applaud Tolkien's writing FOTR that way; it shows that Aragorn isn't always perfect, he's capable of making mistakes. (and letting Frodo go wandering off to think by himself in the dangerous wilderness was definitely not one of Aragorn's better decisions!!! Heck, he could have snuck up and observed him from behind a rock with Rangerly stealth and Frodo wouldn't have known he was even there...)
I'm not sure that Aragorn is liable for not being aware of Boromir's Ring-problems; Aragorn could have been of a mind that he and Boromir and Gandalf and everyone but the hobbits were responsible for their own souls. But he should have deployed his forces better at Parth Galen, beginning with a closer eye on Frodo...
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