Monday, April 7, 2014
F is for Faramir
Faramir. Oh, Faramir. You are so underrated my dear friend.
Faramir is an excellent example of a tragic character. He has only ever done everything he could to honor his father and to protect the white city of Gondor. And no matter what he does, he continues to be overshadowed by his older brother, Boromir. Their father, Denethor, far surpasses John Winchester in the race for worst fictional father in my opinion. He openly and blatantly give preference to his eldest son while only ever criticizing young Faramir.
When Elrond calls the council to Rivendell, Boromir initially refuses to go, insisting his place is in Gondor. Faramir offers to go in his place, but Denethor will not hear a word of it.
However, after Boromir is killed, Denethor opens admits he wishes he would have sent Faramir to his death instead.
"Yes. I wish that."
And actually, he does send Faramir and his army to certain destruction without a second thought. And Faramir obeys his father's orders, knowing full well he and his men have no chance of succeeding. Every single man is slaughtered, save for Faramir whose horse returns him alive, but only just.
Faramir has only ever wished to honor and please his father. And the only person in his family who ever truly acted towards him with love, his brother, has been killed. Faramir has been pushed and shamed and stepped on his entire life. All he wants is a chance to prove he is a worthy son. And when Frodo and the ring tumble into his hands, he believes he has found his opportunity.
His father would love him always if he brought the ring to Gondor. He would finally be met with the praise and appreciation he has longed for, if only he delivered the ring. It would not be difficult. Frodo was powerless to escape him. It was his if he wanted it.
But he chooses to let Frodo go. He realizes that the fate of the world rests with Frodo, and that intervening would bring death to the world of men. He gives it all up, knowing that it means his life would forever be forfeit by the laws of his father. He proves his strength.
Luckily, this fantastic man gets a really really happy ending. He marries the biggest bad-ass of a woman in all of Middle Earth, Eowyn.
Basically I have a lot of feels for Faramir. He overcomes his father's cruelty and misguided ways and does what he knows is right, no matter the cost to himself. He also proves, in his own way, that he is stronger than Boromir in some ways. Boromir was driven mad by the ring; Faramir was strong enough to let it go. I think Pippin sums it up best with his words to Faramir:
What do you think about this man of the white city? Lemme know in the comments!