A Ranger with his own skills, this brother of a fallen warrior has proven himself to be worthy of our Character of the Week title time and time again.
Faramir, from the books, is similar to the movies but at the same time is far different. He is harsh and stern, yes, but at the same time, he is noble and lives his life with clarity, he knows what the right thing to do is. Faramir has more kindness in his heart than most warriors, he acts with patience and justice. In his heart Faramir knows what is duty is to the people of Gondor, regardless of the odds against him, and much like Boromir, Faramir puts his life on the line for them. He is their defender, he is their Captain, he is a son of the City just like they are. In Faramir, we can truly see the strength and nobility of Men that had long since wavered under strong foes. When we first meet Faramir he captures Frodo and Sam and begins to interrogate Frodo to learn why they are traveling in Gondor. It is within this sequence that we learn more about this Captain. Here’s some of our favorite quotes.
“I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood,” said Faramir.
“Were I as hasty as you, I might have slain you long ago. For I am commanded to slay all whom I find in this land without the leave of the Lord of Gondor. But I do not slay man or beast needlessly, and not gladly even when it is needed…”
“But fear no more! I would not take this thing, if it lay by the highway. Not were Minas Tirith falling in ruin and I alone could save her, so, using the weapon of the Dark Lord for her good and my glory. No, I do not wish for such triumphs, Frodo son of Drogo.”
You see, it doesn’t take Faramir long to decide that the Ring is evil and Frodo is better left alone to complete his journey. In fact, that’s just the type of leader Fadamir is, he wants no association with evil ways regardless of who he meets. He’s such a pure character the movies wanted to create some conflict between Faramir and Frodo, but in the books you truly respect this leader of Men. Not because he changes his character but because his character is so strong to being with.
We hope you join us this week as we celebrate Faramir with the Character of the Week title. Thank you so much for your time, and, remember, renewed shall be blade that was broken.
– The Wandering One