Arandur mine

One of the most interesting aspects of Boromir was his relationship with the other members of the Fellowship, and Aragorn in particular. The dynamics of the relationship between the rightful heir to the throne of Gondor and the Steward's son are intriguing, to say the least. I always felt there was more between them than the mere companionship of two men going on a dangerous journey. I read covert undertones in the book and saw not so covert undertones in the movie of an attraction that transcended mere friendship: I could readily see them as a couple. The feeling that Boromir in particular may have been attracted to men (as well) is strengthened by the Appendices to "The Lord of the Rings", stating that Boromir never married.

When doing research for my first story "Wounds" I learned that Arandur is Elvish for steward. Obviously Tolkien would have invented a word for this, as the theme of the long lost King reclaiming his rightful throne, kept safe for him by a long line of Stewards, is an important one in "The Lord of the Rings". What it must have meant for the line of the Stewards who reigned Gondor for countless years, not really expecting the return of a king anymore, is a theme hardly addressed.
Boromir's father Denethor goes mad with grief after the presumed death of both his children, and kills himself, having hated Aragorn with a vengeance for a long time. Faramir, Boromir's younger brother, healed by the King's touch from an almost lethal wound, gladly accepts Aragorn as the king of Arnor and Gondor and receives the Stewardship of Gondor from his hands. He also receives the reign over Ithilien, to live there with his wife Eowyn. But what would have happened if Boromir hadn't died, if he had come to his senses after having fallen prey to the lure of the Ring, trying to defend Merry and Pippin from the Orcs? How would things have gone from there?

And what went on before his death between Boromir and Aragorn, during the months they spent in Rivendell, in all probability going off on scouting trips, either together or in a party with others, or during the few weeks they accompanied Frodo on his journey to bring the Ring to Mordor?

These are intriguing questions to me and writing stories about the two of them is one way for me to come to a satisfactory explanation, filling in some of the gaps, perhaps.

Tolkien created a wonderful world and actally urged people to come and play in it. Whether he may have had in mind the stories that I and quite a few others are writing, I dare not say, but it is all done in loving admiration of the genius J.R.R. Tolkien who gave us "The Lord of the Rings."

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