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Faramir of Gondor is in actuality nothing like Peter Jackson's take on Faramir. Faramir in the movie was creul, corrupt, and out for his own personal gain. However, this is not the real Faramir. Tolkien'e Faramir was something utterly different. He was kind, romantic, noble, underappreciated, and loved by all. When he met Frodo and Sam he gave them shelter and food. Sam accidentaly tells him of the ring, where Faramr says he wants to know nothing else, and that he does not even want to see the ring. He lets them rest in Ithilien and then aids them as they depart to contiune their quest. Poor Faramir is also unloved by his own father who comes right out and says he wishes he had died instead of Boromir. As if things were not bad enough for him, his father tries to kill him. On top of all that he only gets Eowyn because Aragorn didnt want her. But all in all if you read the tale of this grand and under appreciated hero you are sure to love Tolkein's vision of Faramir, Prince of Ithilien

Ranger of Ithilien
David Wenham's spin on Faramir gives him something that the book had partially denied; a real character. Some have dared call the Ranger a mere filler - someone else to help Frodo along in his journey and a spouse for Eowyn. The portrayal Wenham gives Faramir in TTT extinguishes any such claim on Faramir's role in the WR.

Through Wenham we see Faramir's troubles: the second-favourite son, the shadow cast upon him by war, the struggle to save the White City and understanding of the reasons behind the death of his brother. The character is depicted darker than in the novel; most fitting. The choice Peter Jackson made in having Faramir first hinder Frodo rather than assist him certainly brought a new element of drama into the plot and a pleasant surprise for readers such as myself who, already very familiar with the story, enjoy twists in the TTT such as this.

Well cast, Wenham's brooding, troubled appearance and rugged good looks are perfect for the role. Expressions dance beautifully across his face and mirror the essence of Faramir. And best yet is that he has held his playing cards close to his chest and not tired Faramir out yet - there is still a long journey for this character to undertake in the next film which even the least dedicated of viewers will enjoy.
FCF quote
"Then, Eowyn of Rohan, I say to you that you are beautiful. In the valleys of our hills there are flowers fair and bright, and maidens fairer still; but neither flower nor lady have I seen till now in Gondor so lovely, and so sorrowful. It may be that only a few days are left ere darkness falls upon our world, and when it comes I hope to face it steadily, but it would ease my heart, if while the sun yet shines , I could see you still. For you and I have both passed under the wings of the shadow, and the same hand drew us back."-Faramir in ROTK
FCF quote
"Then if you will have it lady, you do not go, because only your brother called for you, and to look on Lord Aragorn, Elendil's heir, in his triumph would now bring you no joy. Or because I do not go, and you desire still
to be near me. And maybe for both reasons, and you yourself cannot choose between them. Eowyn, do you not love me, or will you not?"-Faramir to Eowyn