The Lord of the Rings: Boromir [ESFJ 2w3]

Function Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

“I ask only for the strength to defend my people!”

Boromir

Boromir tends to see himself as an extension of a greater whole, the representative for the nation of Gondor and an extension of all the men of their kind. It offends him that Aragorn would set himself up as in any way morally superior, or would refuse to even consider taking the Ring through Gondor, because it might prove a temptation to mortal men. The idea of writing off everyone in such a manner, and not giving them a chance, is offensive to him, because it contradicts his own experience of the men of Gondor as valiant, brave, and determined. Though a competent soldier easily able to rouse his men to victory and control their outer cities, Boromir is also actively attempting to please his father in every way and hold together the family unit. That his father excludes Faramir and looks down on him for being more of a dreamer than a warrior bothers him, so he tries to include his brother in his victories. Once within the Fellowship, Boromir focuses on engaging with the hobbits and looking after their best interests. Teaching them how to fight, carrying them through snowstorms, and suggesting they find another route for their physical welfare. He has great respect for the traditions of old, but also an idealistic lower intuitive belief that yes, the Ring can be used for evil, but it can also be used for good. Others’ refusal to accept or believe this frustrates him, and he spends a great deal of time attempting to convince them to share his point of view (EFJs want an emotional consensus) and give him a chance.

Enneagram: 2w3 so/sp

Boromor arrives in Rivendell a confident and capable warrior who has been successful in all his battles, in an attempt to win over the love and approval of a critical and demanding father. He does everything he can to please this man, at the eventual cost of his own life. His father wants him to bring home the Ring, so he pursues it, out of a fear that if he cannot do this, his father will no longer love him. A sensitive, and tender man, Boromor is easily emotional. He argues that they should allow the hobbits to mourn after the loss of Gandalf, even though it is dangerous to linger on the mountainside. They quickly warm up to him, because of his willingness to teach them how to swordfight, his ability to love, care for, and even carry them through snowdrifts. He thinks of their welfare ahead of his own (“We must not go this way… this weather isn’t good for the hobbits!”), and dies attempting to protect Merry and Pippin from being captured. Boromir cares greatly what others think of him, and does not like to think Aragorn is judging him. Under stress, he shows a dangerous and frightening aggression. He attacks Frodo by accusing him of “weakness” as he moves toward 8.

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