July 4, 3018 – Boromir Leaves Minas Tirith for Rivendell

There’s a lot of people leaving town now
leaving their friends, their homes
At night they walk that dark and dusty highway all alone

So say goodbye, it’s Independence Day
-Springsteen

Greetings, and welcome to July 4th, 3018 of the Third Age. There’s not all that much that happens today, and I won’t keep you long. Let’s get started.

We last checked in with Boromir about three weeks ago. The brothers Boromir and Faramir both had the same dream and asked their father, Denethor, to explain it.

The only thing they could really get out of him was that “Imladris was of old the name among the Elves of a far northern dale, where Elrond the Halfelven dwelt, greatest of lore-masters.”

Apparently, this Elrond character was just the fellow to explain the poem contained within the dream that Faramir had many times (and Boromir only once – never forget that – Boromir only had the dream one single time).

Boromir described the dream at the Council of Elrond:

In that dream I thought the eastern sky grew dark and there was a growing thunder, but in the West a pale light lingered, and out of it I heard a voice, remote but clear, crying:

Seek for the Sword that was broken:
In Imladris it dwells;
There shall be counsels taken
Stronger than Morgul-spells.
There shall be shown a token
That Doom is near at hand,
For Isildur’s Bane shall waken,
And the Halfling forth shall stand.

Boromir explained that it was Faramir who wanted to make the long journey from Minas Tirith to Rivendell. He didn’t go, however, because, as Boromir boastfully put it: “since the way was full of doubt and danger, I took the journey upon myself.”

Denethor was “loth” to see his favorite son go, but Boromir had no other choice (apart from letting Faramir do it).

So today is the day when Boromir left. It would take him 110 days to reach Rivendell, and he would do a good bit of wandering in the wilderness over that span since he had no specific idea where Rivendell actually was.

The straight route from Minas Tirith to Rivendell should take about 45 days – the amount of travel-days that it would later take Pippin.

Camera: Imperial Savoy (c1960s)
Film: Fuji Provia 100F; x-07/12
Process: DIY ECN-2

What’s Next?

We’ll check back in on July 10th and see how Gandalf’s doing upon his arrival at Isengard. Everything should be fine, don’t worry.

But before that we’ll have two posts looking at Tolkien’s wizards before and after their arrival to Middle-earth.

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