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Boromir isn’t lying, that’s not his way; but he hasn’t told us everything” (FR, II, x, 421). This veiling of the truth beneath ambiguous words lies behind the magnificent “deception-speech” of Ajax in Soph. Ai. 64692, one of the most famous and admired passages in Greek Tragedy (Heath 185-90, Garvie 184-6, Hesk 74-95). 61 Soph. Ai. ). Compare: “Aragorn saw that he was pierced with many black-feathered arrows ... many orcs lay slain, piled all about him and at his feet” (TT, III, i, 15-16). 62 Soph.

But that is not the only part they have to play. They were brought to Fangorn, and their coming was like the falling of small stones that starts an avalanche in the mountains” (TT, III, v, 99). 49 “Galadriel told me that he was in peril. But he escaped in the end. It was not in vain that the young hobbits came with us, if only for Boromir’s sake” (TT, III, v, 99). 3: “The Parians, when it came to their knowledge that Timo, the under-priestess of the goddess, had adviced Miltiades what he should do, intended to punish her for her crime….

30 Cf. Il. 8-9, Soph. Ai. 4 ἔνθα τάξιν ἔσχατην ἔχει (where he holds the post at the end of the line). Compare: “Aragorn leading, Boromir at the rear” (FR, II, v, 345); “even though he was the last to leave” (TT, IV, v, 285). 31 Soph. Ai. 668-70 ἄρχοντες εἰσιν, ὥσθ᾿ ὑπεικτέον τιµήν, / καὶ γὰρ τὰ δεινὰ καρτερώτατα / τιµαῖς ὑπείκει (they are the rulers, so one ought to yield- for even things that are terrible and very strong yield to what is held in honour). Compare: “Boromir looked at them doubtfully, but he bowed his head: ‘so be it… then in Gondor we must trust to such weapons as we have’” (FR, II, ii, 281); “Yet always he treated Aragorn with honour”…“if he were satisfied of Aragorn´s claim ...

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