Thursday, February 10, 2011
The Strength of Men
Throughout Lord of the Rings, men seem to get a bad reputation as weak and easily corrupted (think Boromir, Isildur, Denethor, etc.). There are several characters like Aragorn and Faramir that somewhat redeem men, but still there is an overall theme of their dwindling strength. However, who stands with Gandalf on the Bridge as the Balrog approaches? It's not the Elf or the Dwarf, but instead it's the two men, Aragorn and Boromir, who are brave enough to get Gandalf's back and stand against the Balrog. And Boromir has a point at the Council of Elrond - the men of Gondor have been fighting on the front lines constantly against the Shadow of the Enemy, holding him at bay for many years. I just thought I'd try and give men some credit since they do redeem themselves and show tons of bravery throughout the story!