Ohhhh you were kidding! Whew, I thought you were for real, I was gonna faint man....
Ah okie! *after skimming the Appendics*
Finduilus of Dol Amroth loved the sea and she grew weak after she married Denethor II (not because of him or anything) and so after she gave birth to Faramir, she grew extremely weak and died. Certainly the death shocked Denethor. Finduilas had doubtless been his moral support, and without her, he probably had few places to turn.
Perhaps he saw Faramir as responsible for the weakening of his wife, or Faramir reminded his father too acutely of some aspect of Finduilas that he missed dearly?
Faramir was 4 at the time and he was the closest to his mother, but Boromir had the longest memory of her.
Thank you so much Eezy!!
I'm starting over, do not mistake me for my brother - he has left. Eezy has convinced me to come back, give him some credit.
Personally I have always thought that Denethor's feelings towards Faramir had several major (and countless minor) reasons:
1. Denethor was brought up in a time and a society in which the value of a man was mostly judged by his abilities as a soldier, his strength and valour in battle. The appendices state that Denethor was not the only one to judge Faramir's courage and valour less than Boromir's and I guess that it's a question of tradition and of the general understanding of the male role and duty in society which in that time of darkness and doubt was the defence of the country. And here is Faramir, a man who not only admits openly that he doesn't delight in fighting and loathes killing but also loves books and music and is in general "gentle in bearing". I guess gentleness in times like those is easily mistaken for weakness and IMO weakness was the one thing Denethor dreaded most, in himself and in those close to him. IMO he lived in the constant fear of failure and to have a son who to many in his time appeared less valiant, less strong and less courageous than was expected of the Steward's son in Denethor's mind came a little too close to failure.
2. Denethor's relationship to his own father, Ecthelion II, was obviously a difficult one. For young Denethor it must have been about the most painful thing in the world to see the one person he so desperately wanted to please, whose love and favour would have meant more to him than anything else (here I find it quite interesting that Denethor's mother is never even mentioned), turn away from him, from his own son, to seek the counsel and the company of a stranger (Thorongil/Aragorn) instead. Maybe that experience is kind of reflected in the way he treats Faramir. Faramir is in a way like Denethor once was, trying to please yet knowing that all he can do will never be enough. Maybe treating Faramir in such a manner Denethor sees the injustice done to him revenged, in some strange, twisted way. Now that he is at last in the position to give and deny love and favour he needs to make someone else feel the pain he has once felt... I don't know...
3. I definitely think that a major reason for Denethor's behaviour towards Faramir is the loss of Finduilas whom after all he loved "in his fashion more than anything else". John Noble IMO has an amazing understanding of how much of a blow the loss of his wife was to Denethor and even though she did not die in childbirth but several years after Faramir's birth I believe that in his heart Denethor still, in some irrational way, holds Faramir responsible for her death, maybe just for the reason that it makes him feel better to be able to blame someone so he can, at least for a time, forget about blaming himself. And Faramir, having inherited Finduilas' gentleness, must be as an ever present reminder of her loss.
Yup, shadowy got it all right! poor denethor, his father was always seeking the counsel and the company of Aragorn at that time, it must have been frustrating to him, no wonder why he hated Aragorn. ANd also it's right that when Finduilas gave birth to Faramir she started to get weaker and weaker with every year that passed, and finally, she died, Faramir also looks a lot more like his mother than Boromir, so when Denethor sees him, he's reminded of his beloved wife, and the fact that she is dead as a result to giving birth to him. Faramir is a very good friend of Gandalf and we all know that Gandalf isn't very dear to Denethor, this also bothered Denethor. He must be a little jealous of Gandalf, in the book this is more clear.
It makes me sad
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I always thought that it because F reminded D of his wife, wher B reminded him of himself when he was younger. but rianna got in there before me...
Boromir would have been a tough act to follow. Faramir is more of a ranger type and i guess he and aragorn would make a good steward/king pair.
but boromir would have made a pretty good steward. and (don't get me wrong, i like faramir) but if faramir had gone with the fellowship and boromir stayed back to fight at Minas Tirith, things may have turned out a little better. but who knows...?
John Noble actually brings the mother resemblence thing up in the actors comentary in the TTT:EE. I really like what he has to say.
A quote from Gandalf when he is admonishing Pippin to be sensible before his first audience with Denethor; "he loved him (Boromir) greatly, too much perhaps, the more so because they were so unlike." He mentioned that in Faramir and Denethor the Numenorean blood is very strongly manifest, though it is very recessive in Boromir. Faramir and Denethor are too similair.
Denethor also derides Faramir as being a "wizards pupil," and on his pyre accuses Gandalf of having continuously conspired to steal Faramir away from him.
Hey, I just recalled that Saruman had visited Denethor before. Saruman used to browse Minas Tirith's archives a great deal. That almost certainly began Denethor's distaste for Gandalf. Saruman's hatred of Gandalf is very deep set, going back to the time when he first realised that Gandalf had been entrusted with the Naria. Saruman would be a bad influence on anyone, but Denethor really went wrong after seeing Sauron in the Palantir.
I think the answer is much simpler then what F has done to make D hate him. I believe B was simply Dís favored son and that his glimpses into the future showed him that B would more likely take the ring then F and for that reason D mistrusted F and when he sank into madness and grief it turned to hate. At the end it didnít matter that F was alive D believe they would all die anyway so he wanted to die on his own terms and chose to kill them both rather then suffer at the hands of the enemy. He was mad and a coward but he did love F. His madness made him view F actions as betrayal which I chose to believe he foresaw.