Woah, it’s been a long time since we had any sort of an extended history lesson. We get one today.
You see, Faramir is not totally ignorant of the past. He tells Frodo that the rulers of Gondor have passed down lore for generations, ever since the first Steward took over from the last of the line of Anárion. He and Boromir learned much of this lore, although Boromir was always concerned with why his family could not be considered kings after so many years had gone by without the return of the true line of kings.
However, Faramir brings himself back on track, mentioning that these ancient books and scrolls are what originally brought a certain grey wizard to Minas Tirith. Gandalf liked to go over their histories. Unfortunately, Frodo has to inform Faramir of Gandalf’s fall. Oops.
-Mardil: The first Steward of Gondor, who took the throne in regency. So that makes him Faramir and Boromir’s great-great-great…etc. grandfather.
-Eärnur: The last king of Gondor. He died childless, riding off to some battle or another. That was dumb.
It feels like a common trope: you have two brothers, learning from the past, but one thinks that things should change a little bit instead of always being done one way because “that’s always the way it’s been done”. In a right/left sense, Faramir is conservative and Boromir is liberal. Conservatism is championed in this world. You don’t want to go around changing tradition. I’ve seen a theory about how Sauron stands for industrialism, and his constant pursuit of new technology is his evil. Keep it simple, stupid.
Also, we get a preponderance of different names for Gandalf! Two of them I’ve never even heard of before. That’s crazy. Let’s take a look at them…
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Those last three are Gandalf’s names. Tharkûn is from the dwarves, Olórin from the Valar, and Incánus from the mysterious south. I haven’t heard Tharkûn or Incánus before, but Olórin is pretty commonly known as his true name, if that’s what the Valar call him, anyway.
No one dies today.
“‘I saw him fall into the abyss.’”