Let’s be real here: nobody stays awake simply because they don’t want to lose their appetite. If I’m tired, I’m going to sleep. Being unconscious makes me forget my hunger.
After joking about Sam’s lack of sleep, Faramir asks for a bit of storytelling. Frodo tries to tell the story of the
Fellowship’s Company’s journey from Rivendell, with a skew to make Boromir more heroic. Faramir seems to like that, even though Frodo dodges all questions about specifics. Eventually, Frodo turns the tables and asks about Gondor. Faramir becomes very depressing, and talks about the shortcomings of the world of men.
It sounds like Frodo is making to out to sound like Boromir was a secondary leader of the
Fellowship Company, on par with Aragorn. We all know that wasn’t true, but Faramir doesn’t. He wishes that Boromir had died in a blaze of glory like Gandalf did, instead of hanging on until whatever befell him at Amon Hen. He scoffs at the thought of Boromir running away from orcs at all.
You know, sometimes, running away is the best option. Especially when there are THOUSANDS of orcs EVERYWHERE.
Faramir is exhibiting the pride that made his brother insufferable. You don’t always have to be the toughest around, even if you do have the practicality to note that you’re probably fighting a losing war. You’d never hear Boromir say that.
But, the men of Gondor are failing. Obviously.
No one dies today.
“‘Many became enamored of the Darkness and the black arts; some where given over wholly to idleness and ease, and some fought among themselves, until they were conquered in their weakness by the wild men.'”