Faramir: The Unloved Son

Faramir’s story is very sad. Growing up, he was always less than his brother. His father never cared for Faramir in the way he did Boromir. When Boromir dies, his father hates Faramir even more. Faramir loses all of his family, perhaps this is why Tolkien provides a happy ending for him with Eowyn.

When Faramir captured Frodo, Sam and Gollum, he told them that Boromir’s horn of Gondor washed up and that is how he knew of Boromir’s death, then we see Faramir’s flashback of finding Boromir’s body. When you think about it, why do you think he kept that from three strangers? Would it have done any harm for him to mention it? Was he doing it for the sake of respecting his brother?

Perhaps, because of his harsh childhood, he found it to be disrespectful, not only to his brother, but to those he was speaking with. No one wants to hear the details of a loved one’s death. When you think of a loved one dying, you want to remember them at their best. He would be robbing them of their ability to remember him the way they choose to. Or, he could have simply been to saddened by the fact his brother died that he didn’t want to speak of it.

When we see Faramir speaking with his father, we see that, despite all the hatred his father directs at him, he still respects his father. Even though our father in heaven isn’t anything like Denethor, you can see that there is symbolism similar to that. Even when God gives us trials, we still respect and love him. (I am in no way trying to say that God is Denethor… Faramir simply respects his father like we should ours.)

Faramir is a very humble man. He does as he is told, even if he knows it isn’t in his best interest. Even if it meant going to is own death.

One Faramir is dragged back by his horse, mostly dead, we learn another thing about Faramir’s character; through his father. In the end, Denethor thinks his son is dead, and it hurts him even more. He didn’t realize how another death would affect him.

You can kind of see what it does to people when they have so many trials. Faramir was living a horrible life, and yet he still was a noble and humble man, but when his own father didn’t care for him, he gave up, in a way. I think that Denethor is an example of what would happen if God truly did hate his children. We know he doesn’t hate us, in fact, he loves us, but if we believe that he hates us, we lose what makes us great.

When Faramir wakes up, I like to think of it as him overcoming his inner conflict. He chose to stay on earth, and because he was able to overcome his trials, he was able to become happy. He met Eowyn in the very place he was recovering from his trials. It is a great example of good consequences.


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