10 Movie Scenes That Do So Much Without Actually Saying Anything

9. Aragorn Clutches His Sword Around Boromir - The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

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New Line Cinema

The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring is an epic spectacle that never forgets the importance of small and quiet yet significant moments.

Case in point, we have the scene set on the mountain Caradhras, where Frodo (Elijah Wood) trips over and loses the One Ring, which is then picked up by Boromir (Sean Bean).

It's clear that Boromir is being seduced by the Ring's pull, and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) has to pipe up and tell him to return it to Frodo.

Boromir snaps out of his trance and complies, and for barely a second Peter Jackson lingers on Aragorn, whose hand was clasping his sword throughout the interaction.

It's a great little moment that confirms how distrustful Aragorn is of Boromir, while foreshadowing that Boromir will later attempt to take the Ring from Frodo and pay the mortal price for it.

This fleeting moment spares us the necessity for a spoken confrontation between Aragorn and Boromir - it tells the audience everything with the simple act of Aragorn loosening his grip on his sword as Boromir walks away.


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