forgive any mistakes I might have made...in the passion of this musing,
I might have lost my way on a few things...not done purposely...
Sam, of course, Gandalf, Aragorn, Galadriel, Elrond and even Pippin noticed that Boromir was struggling at one point or another on their journey.
Pippin, I think, was the only one who didn't realize what was tormenting Boromir - the other's did.
Sam can be excused. His heart and soul and very breath were all attuned to taking care of Frodo and protecting him.
Did these people (sans Sam & Pippin) fail Boromir?
Gandalf, wizard extraordinaire, told Denethor that he knew Boromir, after having traveled with him. Why didn't Gandalf do anything to help Boromir? He had seen Gollum and knew what the Ring could do - he knew of Isildur and knew what the Ring could do. He wouldn't take it himself for he knew the power of the Ring. He knew the weakness of men. (All of them knew the weakness of men). Should he have let Boromir be a part of the Nine Walkers? And since he did, didn't he have a responsibility to protect him? He tells Denethor that all of Middle Earth was his responsibility. How much more would one of the Nine be his responsibility? He put a spell of protection upon Bill the Pony to keep him from harm when they have to release him at the Gates of Moria. Why didn't he put a spell on the members of the Fellowship? Did his spells only work on nature and beasts? I don't think so - think of the power of Saruman. Granted Saruman was a white wizard, but we saw the many powers of Gandalf also. Gandalf sees what the Ring can do, even to an Istari, even leagues away from him. How much more could the Ring do to Boromir - with it in front of him constantly for months on end? Yes, you could say the same was true for the other members of the Fellowship, but it didn't seem to be...Hobbits seemed almost impervious to its effects and then only after long periods of exposure were they touched by it. Dwarves don't seem to be impacted at all. Elves...well, they seemed to have the fortitude to keep it at arms length. But men - they had a track record of being weak where the Ring was concerned.
And Elrond - he had foresight and wanted Merry and Pippin to go back to the Shire because things were going to be happening there and he wanted someone to protect the Shire and fight for it....so he didn't have a clue as to what was going to happen to Boromir? He never said a word in protest of him being part of the Fellowship.
Galadriel - my mind is still not clear as to her many powers, but they must have been great - they kept Lothlorien free of Sauron - they kept it green and beautiful. And she definitely could read minds to a degree. Gimli says she 'read many hearts and desires.' And Gandalf says that she told him that Boromir was in peril. Why didn't she help him? Why didn't she try to do something? Did she say anything to him when she was in the midst of her silent grilling of them when first the Fellowship met with her? Why did he suddenly change in Lothlorien...it was not until the night before the Fellowship left Lothlorien that Frodo became concerned for Boromir - it is during the viewing of the mirror that Galadriel states that Frodo is wise and sees things that others don't. So if Frodo saw the change in Boromir and was concerned, why wasn't Galadriel...and if she was concerned...if she did see (as Gandalf says)...then why didn't she do anything?
And Aragorn - here was his Steward's son, his own future Steward, his own subject - didn't Aragorn have a responsibility to him? In this Battle for Boromir, why didn't he cover Boromir's back? He knew the corrupting power of the Ring. He saw Gollum and what the Ring did to Gollum. He was afraid of it himself. Isildur held the Ring for only a moment after he cut it from Sauron's hand and would not give it up, so quickly did it corrupt him. And Isildur was pure-blooded Numenorean as was Aragorn. If Aragorn was fearful of his response to the Ring, how could he not be concerned for Boromir, who's blood was not pure? Aragorn seems to me to have failed the most - perhaps that is why, when dying Boromir says, 'I have failed,' Aragorn adamantly says, 'No! You have conquered. Few have gained such a victory.'
I remember at Minas Tirith when Gandalf meant to go to help the armies but was delayed because of Denethor's folly...after Gandalf's 'death', Aragorn seemed to be taken away from the fray with Boromir - he was going to go to Minas Tirith with Boromir and help Gondor, but after Gandalf's 'death,' he decides he must lead the Fellowship himself....and becomes really torn about what to do - so much so that he puts off the decision until it is too late for Boromir. Oh dear, once again it seems that it is fated to Boromir to be the one to fall in order to save the quest...if he had not, Frodo might not have left the group, they might have all gone to Minas Tirith and Denethor might have claimed the Ring...and we all know where that would have led...
But my heart cries out for this man - Are we not to do anything when a friend is in need, in trouble? Are we to simply stand by and see them drown, so to speak? Don't we have a responsibility to even chide, if need be, to help a friend see when they are being led astray? Did anyone do that for Boromir?
It seems to me that Tollers had been trying to make the point all along that we have a responsibility to each other, to our world and to the future. Where does responsibility start or end for that matter? Did Tollers himself suggest that the Fellowship failed Boromir?