|David Wenham as Faramir in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films|
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Faramir, the second son of Denethor II, was a Dúnadan of Gondor, and Captain of the Rangers of Ithilien. Unlike his brother Boromir, Faramir was more interested in lore and music rather than battle and glory (which greatly displeased his father). Yet despite this and his gentle nature, he was a brave warrior, loved by his soldiers.
Although Faramir’s relationship with his father was strained, the bond between Faramir and his brother was much stronger. Though five years apart, the brothers were close, and there was never any rivalry or jealousy between them (despite Boromir’s status as the favourite son). Instead, Boromir protected and looked out for his younger brother.
During the War of the Ring
When Faramir encountered the hobbits Frodo and Sam in Ithilien, he soon learned that Frodo had known Boromir, journeying with him and seven others from Rivendell, and that the hobbit was carrying the Enemy’s most dangerous weapon. It was then that Faramir revealed his “true qualities” by allowing Frodo and Sam to continue on, rather than claim the One Ring for Gondor as Boromir had tried, and as Denethor would have wanted. When Denethor learned of this – combined with the death of his favourite son – he was outraged, and later admitted that he would have preferred the death of Faramir.
Hoping to appease his father, Faramir went back to Osgiliath to aid in the retreat back to Minas Tirith. He fell under the Black Breath and was presumed dead; in his madness, the Ruling Steward, Denethor, nearly cremated his son – and probably would have succeeded, if not for the intervening of Beregond and Gandalf, who had been alerted by Pippin. Still mad with grief, Denethor jumped onto the lit funeral pyre, burning himself alive.
Faramir was taken to the Houses of Healing, where he was healed by Aragorn and soon after met and fell in love with Éowyn. At first, she did not return his love, for she desired nothing more than to go to war, where she hoped to find honour in death; eventually, her mind was changed, and following the War, the two were married. After the crowning of King Elessar, Faramir was made Steward of Gondor, Prince of Ithilien, and Lord of Emyn Arnen.
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