Functional Order: Fe-Ni-Se-Ti
Judging Functional Axis:
Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Boromir is warm and outgoing. The hobbits take a swift liking to him and him to them. His primary motivation is living up to the unrealistic expectations of his father. Boromir pursues the Ring for two purposes: to please his father, and in the hope that it might redeem and protect the people of Gondor. He empathizes strongly with his brother whenever Faramir falls under their father’s scrutiny. Boromir adapts to life in the Fellowship and becomes one of them – until the Ring temporarily assumes control of him. Boromir is equally unable to reflect upon and criticize his own intentions, and unable to listen to Aragorn’s sharp, rather hostile assessment of human nature without feeling insulted – showing his inferior Ti (to judge them all on such harsh standards feels wrong to him).
Perceiving Functional Axis:
Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)
He has a specific dream that warns him the Ring has been found. That, and his father’s encouragement, lead him to Rivendell. Boromir fixates on one larger goal in his life – the defense of Gondor – and believes the Ring can assist him in reaching that goal. He puts aside any ideas that don’t fit with that goal, and tries to persuade others of the future he envisions for Gondor. He is imaginative and with his dying breath, prophecies that the kingdom of men will fall – until Aragorn assures him that he will change the future of Gondor. His good reflexes come in handy in battle. Boromir can get so caught up in the moment, he remains unobservant (he can be having so much fun with the hobbits he doesn’t notice danger) and yet, when he’s on his guard, he notices Gollum following at a distance. Boromir is observant and knows just how far he can push others before they will resist his influence.
Enneagram: 2w3 social
Boromir both understand love, and needs it from others – he responds best to the hobbits, who love him right away due to his fun-loving, generous heart; but finds it harder to be around Aragorn, whom he feels judges him for his ambition and human frailty. His need for the Ring is both to wield power and “save Gondor” and also to earn his father’s love and respect. As a social 2, Boromir sees himself as a leader and works hard to achieve it. His 3 wing needs the respect of others, to be seen as capable and good, makes him competitive and desire to win. Under stress, Boromir becomes aggressive and attacks Frodo, berating him with the “weakness” he sees in the hobbit and semi-accurately predicting “You will take the Ring to Sauron!” – showing a disintegration to 8.