The only suggestion that I have ever seen that has made sense for me (unfortunately I don't remember where or whom, so I can only praise the person anonymously) was the idea that Elrond is actually telling Gandalf that Boromir wishes to remain anonymous for the time being.
Originally Posted by Puddleglum19
This would mean that both Elrond and Gandalf knew very well who Boromir was, and that they both knew that the other knew, only thus would it make sense for Elrond to address Gandalf in this way, as if adding a silent “and this is how he wants to be known for the time being” (of course, with òsanwë, Elrond might be saying precisely that besides).
I could also imagine that Boromir would have relished the idea of being the mysterious stranger for a while, and would have liked the idea of incidentally dropping his own lineage in a company of so many Elven lords — that Boromir would think that not waving his title about in such a company would imply a degree of equality with the best of them. Boromir was, after all, a highly prideful man, and intelligent enough to work out such a strategy for making himself appear better.
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