Flying Spaghetti Monster wrote:
-My favorite bit of character here is the fact that Boromir grabs the hobbits Merry and Pippen and bravely jumps the gap. He had been building chemistry with these two along the journey to this point, training them at the campfire, but this moment really is a fantastic little hint of the sacrifice he will make to save them at the end of the film... a sacrifice which will pay off all the way in the third film when Pippen offers to serve Denethor in payment of Boromir's sacrifice.
This is a really good observation that I don't think I've ever considered before. They definitely had a few bits throughout the movie where Boromir seemed like he'd kind of taken on an older brother type of role for Merry and Pippin. There was also the scene on Caradhras where Boromir was pretty much carrying the two of them through the snow.