boromir = either grantaire or combeferre? I think??

can i jump in on this i love character match-ups

and i really like combeferre = boromir, i feel like combeferre comes at things from a very different mental/theoretical perspective that lets him see things differently from how the rest of the leadership does.  also I am in favor of any match-up that reminds up to see Boromir’s good side.

who else do you have matched up?  joly = merry and bossuet = pippin, right?  (or the other way around?)

and i’m going to guess bahorel = gimli and jehan = legolas so we can have that unlikely pairing/friendship preserved.

I guess the obvious Enjolras is Aragorn.  But if you want to focus on martrydom, Frodo could be an Enjolras, with Sam as Courfeyrac or Grantaire?? (Not really believing in or understanding what the cause is about, but fiercely devoted to the people of the cause, especially Enjolras?  oops i found a way to do e/R after all.)

But WAIT.  What about Feuilly as Boromir?  in LOTR Boromir comes from a less privileged place than the others, just related to the progress of the war instead of class.  For everyone else in the fellowship, Mordor is this faraway country that they’ve heard about and that might become a threat to them someday, and they recognize the danger intellectually but they haven’t actually felt it firsthand, you know?  Whereas for Boromir, Mordor is his next-door neighbor; he has directly fought it and he’s seen with his own eyes how desperately the people of Gondor (and by extension, all of Middle-Earth, because it’s all connected, even if the people in Rohan and Rivendell and the Shire don’t realize it) need to be saved.  And the other people in the council try to listen to what he has to say but with his different perspective some of what he says just doesn’t make any sense to them.

ahhh MY HERO. (also you know I wouldn’t mind that e/R interpretation at all? it works quite well, actually!)


(boromir is one of my favourite characters of the series, so obviously my first thought of pairing him up with combeferre was – if enjolras is aragorn, they complete each other quite well although they come from different places/views? yes)

Okay, okay, you know what works really well in conjunction with Boromir!Feuilly? Aragorn!Courfeyrac. Who has turned away from his destiny, dropped his ‘de’ and now spends his time looking scruffy and disreputable in various bars of Middle Earth.

(I mean for this thing to work there’d have to be a lot of reworking of the ending, like I can’t see Courf suddenly realising that he needs to return to the ‘de’ of his ancestors, but that was always going to have to happen one way or another.)

That leaves Combeferre to be Gandalf, not exactly an imaginative choice perhaps but look, it works. 

!!! YES.

honestly anything that gives us a scruffy Courfeyrac is obviously a good thing, but this is excellent.

OH MAN, I missed this.  I like this too!!  😀


Les Amis Fellowship of the Ring

(So, this is how desperate I’ve become to avoid working on grading.  I don’t even really go here.  Ve @thecoffeetragedy, this is all your fault.  XD)

Anyway, I see immediately what you were saying about this not being a perfect match up.  I feel like some of them have obvious character parallels, either in personality or in story arc and others… not really so much.  So I ended up with a combination of both that I think maybe works?  Any input or contrary opinions, of course, are appreciated.  ^_^

Explanations under the cut:

  • Enjolras – Frodo
  • Combeferre – Sam
  • Courfeyrac – Gandalf
  • Feuilly – Aragorn
  • Bahorel – Legolas
  • Jehan – Gimli
  • Joly – Merry
  • Bossuet – Pippin
  • Grantaire – Boromir

Enjolras as Frodo

I feel like on the one hand that’s a bit of a cheat, but on the other hand, it’s pretty true to both character and character arc.  Frodo is essentially throwing down the absolute rule of Sauron, destroying the established evil monarchy, by destroying the ring.  And he has such overwhelming fondness and appreciation for his friends and I feel like that’s a very Enjolras-like trait.

Combeferre as Sam

This is a match-up that I feel is more character arc than personality.  Sam is Frodo’s best friend and support network.  They’re soulmates and so closely bound together by fate and friendship that they’re nigh inseparable.  Personality-wise, though, they’re less ideally matched.

Courfeyrac as Gandalf

OK, so initially, I was torn over where to assign Combeferre and Courfeyrac in relation to these two.  I thought about flipping it the other way, but ultimately I liked this way just a hair better.  First of all, I feel like Gandalf is a bit better of a personality match-up to Courfeyrac than to Combeferre.  He has connections all over Middle Earth, he has a very passionate personality and is always down for a joke or a bit of fun.  Also… dude.  Dragon fireworks.  That is SO something Courfeyrac would do – go big or go home, right?  ;D

Feuilly as Aragorn

OK, so part of how I connected everyone was story arc and based on relationships between characters.  I kind of love the idea of Courfeyrac being a guiding influence on Feuilly.  Also, Aragorn has been kind of orphaned by the world a bit, hasn’t he?  But he still picked himself up and chose a life where he could be of service to people, where he could do what he could to make the world a better place for the people he loved.  And when he joins up with the Fellowship, he just blossoms from someone who had very few people in his life to someone with strongly forged connections to not only his friends, but the peoples from whom they come.  And honestly, could Frodo and Aragorn fanboy any harder at each other?  I THINK NOT.  ^_^

Jehan as Gimli and Bahorel as Legolas

Partly I wanted them this way because a) Poetry Smash and b) I love the trio of Feuilly, Bahorel, and Jehan.  ^_^  Also, I love the juxtaposition of Jehan being the burly bearded one of the pair and Bahorel being more the slim willowy type, but I HAVE MORE REASONS.  I’ve always been a bit obsessed with the idea of Bahorel as the flaneur and that image fits Legolas to me far more than it does Gimli.  Also, let’s be honest, Legolas is just as ready to tear shit up as Gimli is, so I feel like that could go either way.  At heart, Gimli is a bit of a Romantic, too.  He feels things very deeply, whether he’s willing to admit it or not.

Joly as Merry and Bossuet as Pippin

Honestly, Ve, I’m with you – I think these are the most obvious of the bunch.  ^_^  No more need be said.

Grantaire as Boromir

OK, so this was the toughest one for me, but I really do think it fits.  First of all because of Boromir’s deep friendship for and protective nature as regards the hobbits, especially Merry and Pippin, and their feelings towards him.  And that just matches up with the Party Trio so very neatly.  Also, I can see how Boromir’s boasting and quick temper could translate in Grantaire’s willingness to spout of at the mouth given any opportunity.  Also, I could see him being a bit resentful of Aragorn!Feuilly in the beginning, for being so naturally and easily what Grantaire wishes he could be, and also being resentful of his close relationship with Frodo!Enjolras, but over time coming to see and respect him on his own merits.

…and let’s be honest.  For Grantaire, dying to save Enjolras would probably be the highlight of his life.  -.-;;;

OK.  That’s what I’ve got.  What do you think?  ^_^