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“Sauron knows now we do not have the strength to repel him.”

– Faramir

Faramir is a man of deep insights, who even on the field of battle is thinking in universally philosophical and humanitarian terms—he turns over a dead man slain by his own men’s arrows and reminds them that he has a family somewhere that cares about his welfare. He finds war intolerable but necessary, an evil they must all commit to keep themselves free of the darkness. His conversation is often metaphorical – he assess the war by saying it will “make corpses of us all.” When his brother’s battle horn washed upon the riverbank, “cloven in two,” Faramir knew him as dead—not missing, the horn not a casualty of war, but simply dead. He arranges a test of Frodo to prove his intuition of him lying about Gollum—bringing him to a place where he could see the creature happily swimming and fishing, and threatening to kill him with arrows. He knew Frodo would intervene. When Gollum reveals his awareness of the “precious,” Faramir realizes the hobbits carry the Ring of Power, and decides to take it home to his father, to win over his long-sought approval. But confronted with the truth of how it changed his brother, and turned him into someone Faramir would not recognize, he chooses to send them on their way. Faramir knows they cannot trust their guide, and warns them against it. He is too prone to adapting himself to external morals; because his father condemns him for not having died in war, in his brother’s place, Faramir accepts a suicide mission to reclaim a lost city on their border. His father’s shame and hatred of him has turned him to apathy, though he does spare compassion for Pippin in their brief meeting, and the two of them bond over Pippin’s uniform. Faramir lacks a sense of self that would allow him to understand his own worth and defy his father; like his brother, he simply constantly adopts whatever his father values, in an attempt to earn his love.

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Faramir is too gentle for the world in which he lives, a poet and a dreamer and a romantic, not a fighter. But he also has lost his sense of self, in his continual shifting to become whatever his father wishes him to be. Each rejection, each condemnation, each withholding of love, is like a mighty blow against his self-worth, an earth-shattering event that causes him to abdicate his own desires and hopes and resign himself to obedience. Gandalf pleads with him to change his mind, and not do this foolish, reckless thing of riding into a battle he cannot hope to win, but Faramir has adopted apathy and resignation for his plight. He can be harsh and withdrawn when necessary, such as when he allows his men to beat Gollum so cruelly in the caves for information, but even when he adapts to his father’s desires, always he comes back to a sense of innate morality and justice. He releases Frodo and the Ring because it is the right thing to do, because he does not want to follow in his brother’s footsteps and lose himself to evil.