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October, 31 2005
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Denise wrote: It was really a moving moment for me, and highlighted a whole facet and feeling of Faramir that I'd not seen explored anywhere else.
Thank you, Denise, that was a really important moment of the story, I think. I intuited it from Tolkien's description of Faramir in letter #214: "modest, fair-minded and scrupulously just, and very merciful". I think that above all Faramir would want to extend that mercy and justice to understanding Denethor, particularly after the pyre.
It's an important moment in his relationship with Imrahil too, I think: where he allows himself to take control, rather than letting Imrahil guide or speak for him. And speaking and silence are important motifs in the story too.
You talked of it more in Lost I know (and elsewhere, I'm sure, but I can't think specifics right now), where he wonders why people forget that he is Denethor's son, too, and that he is not eager to forget that heritage no matter others' opinions of his father.
I think I'm probably side-stepping writing about this, perhaps in a scene or story between Aragorn and Faramir.
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