Hey, guys, this is another great essay by Susan, this time comparing and contrasting Thorin with LOTR’s Boromir. Our Tolkienistas will especially appreciate it. 😀
Many fans of Tolkien’s works have noted certain similarities that exist between two heroes that inhabit the mythological realm of Middle Earth. Thorin Oakenshield, King of the Dwarves, and Boromir, future Steward of Gondor, share some characteristics, to be sure. They are both noted for their prowess on a battlefield, for their ability to garner the loyalty of their followers, for their belief in the worthiness of their own people, and for their ardent, bullheaded sense of pride. However, these two warriors differ in the most decisive way. One was esteemed by the writer for his magisterial qualities. The other, was derided for his lack of abstemiousness when it counted the most.
Thorin Oakenshield was born to rule. He was a prince descended from a long line of kings. In medieval society, monarchs were divine. They were not like everyone else. By rights, they were obeyed in all matters. By…
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