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Remebered As Brothers
By Charlotte M Spurrill
Saturday, January 04, 2003
Boromir: Hey Aragorn, do you remember that book they wrote about me?
Aragorn: You mean about "us" don't you?
B: Well, more about me; you got the other two.
A: Ok. Whatever. What about it?
B: Great book, right?
A: I dunno. Had a hard time getting into itóall that stuff about old hobbits and birthday parties, Pippin taking a bath, Frodo drinking tea...y'know?
B: What?! You had trouble reading? I found it easy enough, and I've always thought I was less educated than you, Your Worship.
A: You are.
B: Ok, well did you ever finish reading the book?
A: No. Well, I had Arwen read it to me.
B: (laughs) And I bet you stayed wide awake and heard every word she said.
A: (feigns shock and hurt) Hey, did you hear they made a movie?
B: What's a movie?
A: Like a play, kinda.
B: Ok. I think I get it. After my time, right?
A: Yeah, way after your time. Anyway, in the movie, I find you dying--
B: I donít die until the second book!
A: Yeah, well, you die in the first movie, and I find you dying and call you "brother".
B: Really? If you'd had time before I died, would you have said that?
A: Yeah, I would have.
B: (silent for a moment) Thanks.
A: (grins) A generation of young people now think we are really brothers--by birth.
B: What?! Doesn't anyone in the movie say my father is the Steward of Gondor!?!
A: Yes, you say it, but I guess they donít notice that part. (laughs) I mean, if we were brothers wouldn't that make your/our father King of Gondor? Legolas even says at the Council of Elrond that I am King of Gondor.
B: (laughs) I know the book made things quite clear.
A: That book? It made nothing clear!
B: Well, you should be proud: a generation of young people is growing up just as illiterate as you.
A: I know you are not my brother by birth.
B: Ok, but that's just because you lived the story.
A: It's also because I can think things through.
A: In any case, I donít mind people thinking we're brothers; do you?
B: Nah. They can think that if they want to.
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