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It's not so much that he wanted the character.

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Sep 6 2011, 8:22am


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As the story progressed, it was clear that together with the story of the Quest to destroy the Ring and the exaltation of the humble, another story of no less importance is the Return of the King, seen as delivering the Men of Middle-earth and uniting them again under Eru.
This is shown by the two eucatsrophic chapters - The Field of Cormallen for the first two, and The Steward and the King for the others, as well as the title of Frodo's book: The Downfall of the Lord of the Rings and the Return of the King. Also note that the parallel to the honouring of Frodo and Sam in Cormallen is the Eagle's announcement of delivery to the people of the Tower of Guard.

The crowning of Aragorn is not just the reward of the Ranger for his wisdom, valour and preseverance against Sauron (even that took Tolkien some years to decide upon), but takes a wider, mythic, even religious meaning. So the people of Gondor need a symbol of their own wisdom, valour and preseverance, someone who will also facilitate the return of the King, giving it a much-needed legitimacy; Aragorn must be recognized as a long hoped-for deliverer, not as a revolutionary conqueror.

Who could recognise him? Denethor must be an obstacle, as he symbolises the establishment who has rejected Aragorn's line and its claim; Boromir would serve nicely, but he must fill the role of the malcontent (one he had while already in the 30s, when Strider was still Trotter the hobbit), the common-sense Man who cannot accept the wisdom of Gandalf and Elrond, and naturally enough falls to the Ring.

So a third member of the ruling family needed to be introduced; one who would actually show the good that is in Men and which deserves being delivered (Aragorn is too aloof for that).
Tolkien didn't want Faramir. He needed him.

"Why do you think the Ring doesn't fully take over Frodo until this moment? Might it have something to do with being in the place where the Ring was forged?"
- Elenedhel


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Why where both Morgoth and Sauron allowed free reign? Baks Send a private message to Baks Aug 29 2011, 6:25pm
    It's the music. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Aug 29 2011, 11:05pm
        Free will and theodicy visualweasel Send a private message to visualweasel Aug 31 2011, 3:05pm
            I'm not convinced that the Ainur truly do have free will Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Aug 31 2011, 5:17pm
                I look forward to hearing more! visualweasel Send a private message to visualweasel Aug 31 2011, 8:16pm
                    It would be fun! Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Aug 31 2011, 8:39pm
                        Now this idea has me wondering: SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Sep 1 2011, 3:39am
                            Faramir, for sure. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Sep 5 2011, 12:52pm
                                Thank you, FFH Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Sep 5 2011, 6:04pm
                                I wonder: does Faramir's unbidden appearance bear at all on his ability to resist the Ring?// Arandiel Send a private message to Arandiel Sep 5 2011, 10:55pm
                                Tolkien's mythic treatment of his own process "foreshortens the actual development", says CT squire Send a private message to squire Sep 6 2011, 2:28am
                                    "What else could he be?" N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Sep 6 2011, 6:03am
                                    It's not so much that he wanted the character. sador Send a private message to sador Sep 6 2011, 8:22am
                                    That's how myths work though. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Sep 6 2011, 9:17am
                                        But not exactly as Tolkien described it squire Send a private message to squire Sep 6 2011, 12:02pm
                                            There's another Letter FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Sep 7 2011, 6:34pm
    On the flip side.... Bladerunner Send a private message to Bladerunner Aug 30 2011, 5:28pm
    I have a rather controversal kind of opinion on this Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee Sep 1 2011, 9:13am
        You bring up another interesting juxtaposition, Arandiel Send a private message to Arandiel Sep 2 2011, 8:40pm
            Unseen hands at work Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Sep 3 2011, 12:03am
                Exactly! What she said!// Arandiel Send a private message to Arandiel Sep 3 2011, 3:47pm
    Because it's a myth. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Sep 5 2011, 9:51pm
    One simple reason Barahir'sRing Send a private message to Barahir'sRing Sep 6 2011, 2:37am
        God's Problem Bombadil21 Send a private message to Bombadil21 Sep 8 2011, 5:28am
            Natural disasters and divine benevolence FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Sep 8 2011, 10:01am
                Yahweh and Eru Bombadil21 Send a private message to Bombadil21 Sep 8 2011, 2:28pm
                    Good and bad explanations FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Sep 8 2011, 4:02pm
                        A man asks God why He allows so much Evil in the world.... Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Sep 8 2011, 4:53pm
                            A good question FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Sep 10 2011, 1:42pm
    Why would the Valar want to help? estelien Send a private message to estelien Jan 11 2012, 9:29pm

 
 
 

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