lament for oOromir
- Kloczko, Edouard J. ed. Tolkien en France (ARDA 1998 ISBN
2-911979-02-8) 8 essays and a bibliography. Among the French attitudes
to Tolkien is an analysis I have not encountered before. Frederique
Munier, writing Une interpretation trifonctionnelle dun poeme de
J,R.R.Tolkien spells out his idea that the three verses of the lament
over Boromir at the beginning of Book III represent, respectively,
Aragorn, Legolas and Boromir himself. Thus:
The West Wind comes wandering from empty lands over waters wide
and grey- the land of the Rangers which resembles in its traits - cold,
abstracted, unpeopled - the high severe spirit of the King (Aragorn),
descendant of the kings of Numenor in the west. The ignorance of the
west wind indicates that Boromir lacked the high virtue of a king.
The South Wind comes sighing, as the elves sigh, as Legolas sighed.
Legolas is more inclined to sensibility than to action, hence the
wailing of the gulls, and moans, and grieve. For the elves, the
seaevokes a fascination, similar to the fascination men have with the
idea of death. Legolas himself says, deep in the hearts of all my
kindred lies the sea-longing, which it is perilous to stir. The sea
represents for Legolas his destiny and the essence of his being. Grey
seas recalls the Grey Elves. [and other associations are given]
The North Winds reply begins with Boromirs loud horn.The North Wind
blows clear and cold like Boromirs horn. Boromir was proud; he loved
fighting, and the use of force; he wanted power; his chief virtue was
courage. Rather than the men of Gondor, he resembled the Rohirrim,
warriors who came from the north. The tumultuous waterfall, Rauros, also
resembles Boromirs forceful spirit. The last two lines of verse three
suggest the immortality of a hero in the minds of men.
A very brief summary of an interesting article.
Grace E. Funk R.R. #1, Lumby, B.C. V0E 2G0 Phone (250)547-6333