The youngest child of Denethor II of Gondor and Finduilas of Dol Amroth, Faramir was born and raised in Gondor. A year after his birth, his father ascended to the Stewardship of Gondor. When he was five, his mother died suddenly. This caused his father to retreat in on himself, and soured his relationship with Faramir. However, Faramir grew closer with his brother, Boromir
, who was then ten years old. The pair were close friends throughout their youths despite the fact that Boromir was obviously the favourite child in their father's eyes. When the War of the Ring was begun by an attack by the forces of Mordor on Osgiliath, a city in Gondor, Faramir mounted a defence of his homeland alongside his brother. The defence failed, and they lost half of the city they were defending, though both brothers survived the fray. He and Boromir both experienced prophetic dreams that warned of the impending trials facing the world. Boromir rode to Imladris, while Faramir remained behind in Gondor.
Faramir was originally created by J.R.R. Tolkien
for his book series The Lord of the Rings
, making his first appearance in the second book in the series, The Two Towers
. He made his first appearance in comics in Mad
Major Story Arcs
The Two Towers
Faramir encounters the hobbits Frodo Baggins
and Samwise Gamgee
as they travel towards Mordor. He learns of their association with the Fellowship of the Ring
and asks after his brother, who died in an Orc attack, and the weapon that Frodo is carrying. Eventually he learns that Frodo bears the One Ring
. He resists the temptation to attempt to take the Ring from Frodo, believing wielding a weapon of Sauron's
to be tantamount to submitting oneself to Sauron's will. He sends the hobbits on their way to Mordor, urging them to be wary of the motivations of their guide, Gollum
, and of the path he was leading them down.
The Return of the King
Faramir leaves his post in Osgiliath in order to report to his father in Minas Tirith. He and his companions are pursued by the Nazgul, and Faramir is almost killed when he turns back to help the fallen. However, he is rescued by the wizard Gandalf
. Upon his arrival in Minas Tirith, he is castigated by his father for allowing the Ring to slip through his fingers, rather than using it to protect Gondor. Faramir returns to Osgiliath in time to see the city lost to Mordor's forces. He remains behind to supervise the evacuation, and while doing so is wounded severely. He is rescued by his forces and returned to his father, unconscious. Denethor, driven half-mad by a palantir vision, believes his son to be fatally wounded and order the construction of a funeral pyre, on which he intends to burn Faramir. He is prevented from doing so, and commits suicide on the pyre. Faramir is healed by Aragorn
two days later. While recuperating, he meets Lady Éowyn of Rohan, with whom he falls in love. She initially resists him, but soon comes to return his affections. Due to his father's death, Faramir is granted the title of Steward of Gondor. He holds the post until Aragorn is crowned king of Gondor, upon which he attempts to resign the post. Aragorn recreates the post, however, and grants it to Faramir and all his descendants; Faramir is also created Prince of Ithilien. He and Éowyn married and settled in Emyn Arnen, where they have one son.
Powers and Abilities
Faramir is a gifted fighter, and capable with the sword and the bow.
FilmThe Lord of the Rings Series
Faramir appears in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings
series of movies, making his first appearance in the second movie in the series, The Two Towers
. His role in the film is significantly altered compared to the books, due to the necessity of creating a new climax for the film. In the film version, he has a difficult time resisting the temptation of the Ring, and holds Frodo and Sam for some time. He also appears in The Return of the King
. He is portrayed by David Wenham.
Literature The Lord of the Rings Series
Faramir was originally created for the Lord of the Rings
series of books. He has appeared in two books in the main series, as well as in supplemental materials.
RadioThe Lord of the Rings
Faramir appears in the 1981 BBC Radio adaptation of the Lord of the Rings
series. He is portrayed by Andrew Seear.
Video GamesThe Return of the King
Faramir appears as a bonus playable character. The Battle for Middle Earth I, II
Faramir appears as a playable character The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
Faramir makes a cameo appearance at the Osgiliath levelThe Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
Faramir appears as a character and plays an important role in the game. The Lord of the Rings: Conquest
Faramir appears as a playable character in the Osgiliath level