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Farmgirl
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Father torches van after news of son's death

While hearing this on the TV news last night, my son interestingly enough drew a parallel between this particular event, and the reaction of the King in LoTR when he learns his son (Boromir?) is dead.

(I don't have good memory of the details of LoTR)

But I thought the king didn't set himself on fire -- he tried to burn his other son at the altar....

Now I'm confused on the story....

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Your son is partially right.

Denethor tried to burn himself and his son Faramir(Boromir's brother). Gandalf was able to save Faramir but Denethor died with a Palantir in his hands.

This is the book version, the movie version is a bit different.

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I'm sure my son was referring to the book version. All I could remember was the movie version, which basically (I thought) showed Denethor trying to burn Faramir, and Denethor only gets burned in the ensuing scuffle of the rescue of Faramir -- not like that was his original intent...

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The movie made Denethor far less sympathetic than the book did.

Not that he was that nice in the book.

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No the movie has most of it right. Denethor plans on both of them dying. He pours oil over himself and the pyre of wood that he had made. He then starts the fire and Gandalf and Pippin break in and rescue Faramir.

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This is so tragic. Imagine that man's life now. Imagine his wife's. Why, to register our fury at Death and Chaos, do we always seem to have such strong impulses to join forces with them? Why don't we instead have an urge to oppose them, like rivka's kindness guy did after his wife and child were killed?
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Umm, actually he was a steward not a king.
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