Sam fell asleep, so that was a good place for a chapter break. He awakes to find a bit of a council going on, with all the surviving men surrounding Faramir while he questions Frodo.
No one cares about Sam, so he sneaks into the semicircle to watch. It’s clear that Faramir knows that Frodo is hiding something, and his questions often focus on the ring…though he doesn’t know what it is. Faramir knows the riddle that sent Boromir to Rivendell, and he believes that this thing known as “Isildur’s Bane” must be known to Frodo. However, Frodo is rightfully cautious of saying too much.
Okay, so I jumped the gun on saying that everyone’s getting along so easily. Yes, Mablung and Damrod were friendly while they guarded Frodo and Sam, but Faramir has an agenda. He hasn’t revealed that Boromir was his brother yet, and neither has he shown any knowledge of Boromir’s death. To Frodo and Sam, he’s just a high-up leader in the army of Gondor. And he wants to know what’s going on.
Most of all, Frodo doesn’t seem to be able to come up with a good reason for why he’s traveling in this region. No one does that anymore. It’s like a ghost town.
Most awkwardly of all, Frodo’s brought up Aragorn, the true heir to the throne of Gondor. He appears to imply that he had more trust in Aragorn than in Boromir. That’s not going to sit well with Boromir’s countrymen.
No one dies today.
“‘Because Aragorn is descended in direct lineage, from father to father,…'”