HEADCANON - THE DREAM
Ok so just so we’re all on the same page, Boromir’s involvement in the fellowship starts with Faramir having a recurring dream about I think Sauron’s downfall or his rise or something along those lines. He has this for a LONG time, does apparently nothing about it until Boromir has this dream exactly once.
He’s weirded out by it, talks to Faramir about it immediately, they confirm shit and Denethor tells his sons he ‘guesses Elrond can help’ and that is all Boromir needs to start a year long journey to the west.
So I’ve been thinking about this for a really long time. It’s weird. What’s going on here?
What I have ALSO been thinking about for a really long time is, why does Gandalf hate Boromir so much? He’s always so cruel to him, it seems unnecessary considering Boromir’s coming along to help literally just out of the goodness of his heart. He’s got other important shit to do.
But ok, here’s the thing. Gandalf sent Faramir those dreams. He wanted FARAMIR to come all along.
We know Gandalf can influence men through dreams, he’s done it before, I think he was originally a Maia of Lorien so it makes sense. It also makes sense that Gandalf would want his pupil, the man he’s been guiding all these years, to come and help this sensitive quest, while his ‘meat head’ brother stays to defend Gondor throughout the quest.
But Faramir isn’t taking the goddamn hint right? He’s mixed up in family issues and doesn’t want to create more friction with his father. So Gandalf sends Boromir the dream, once, as a kinda ‘see Faramir? this is important now get your butt down here’. Instead? The meat head gets WAY too involved and before Gandalf can do shit about it Boromir’s on his way and he’s just, ‘NO THIS IS NOT WHAT I WANTED!’
So really, Gandalf’s just frustrated at Boromir’s enthusiasm, this is not the brother I was looking for, go home and get the clever one, goddamnit, fucking MEN being so hard to predict, having complex emotions and drives!!!