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The Two Towers
Book III
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Book III - Chapter 1
The Departure of Boromir


While looking for Frodo, Aragorn finds himself atop the Hill of Sight. But as he sits himself on the Seat of Seeing he hears the horn of Boromir in the woods below. He jumps from the stone chair and runs down the trail where he hears the calls of orcs among the trees.

He arrives too late at the scene of what must have been a fierce battle. Boromir lies against a tree, pierced with many arrows. The warrior of Gondor explains to Aragorn with his dying breath that a band of orcs had attacked and captured Pippin and Merry, taking them as prisoners and leaving to the west.

Gimli and Legolas soon return to the clearing to find Aragorn mouring the loss of Boromir. He explains what happened and they realize they still do not know what has become of Sam and Frodo. Everyone rushes to the river and they find evidence that the two hobbits have taken a boat and departed.

After a while, Aragorn decides that he and the dwarf and elf would best pursue the orcs in hope of rescuing Merry and Pippin. Their plight is the most immediate, and he feels that Frodo and Sam will be able to take care of themselves. But first the three attend to the funeral of Boromir.

They take his body and lay it in a boat with the weapons of the many orcs that he slew defending the hobbits. With a gentle push and a sad song they send him to the river. The small vessel drifts away in the mist and is consumed by the Falls of Rauros.

As dusk arrives the Three Hunter sprint westward on the trail of their two small friends.

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