, Faramir is a fictional character
appearing in The Lord of the Rings
. He is introduced as the younger brother of Boromir
of the Fellowship of the Ring and second son of Denethor II
, the Steward
of the realm of Gondor
. The relationships between the three men are revealed over the course of the book and are elaborated in the appendices.
Faramir first enters the narrative in person in The Two Towers
, where, upon meeting Frodo Baggins
, he is presented with a temptation to take possession of the Ruling Ring
'He could see Faramir's face: it was stern and commanding, and a keen wit lay behind his searching glance.' —Sam's thoughts on Faramir
"I would not snare even an orc with a falsehood."
"I do not slay man or beast needlessly, and not gladly even when it is needed."
"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."
"Not if I found it on the highway would I take it I said. Even if I were such a man as to desire this thing, and even though I knew not clearly what this thing was when I spoke, still I should take these words as a vow, and be held by them. But I am not such a man. Or I am wise enough to know that there are some perils from which a man must flee."
"The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards. Yet there was nought in this to praise. I had no lure or desire to do other than I have done."
"You...showed your quality: the very highest. You have an air too, sir, that reminds me of, of—well, Gandalf, of wizards." —Sam to Faramir
'He felt in his heart that Faramir, though he was much like his brother in looks, was a man less self-regarding, both sterner and wiser.' —Frodo's thoughts on Faramir