Mission Secured

by gustaf

A/N: I've always wondered what would happen if Faramir went on the quest instead of Boromir, so I'm going to attempt to write a story about that. This first chapter is just kind of background-ish stuff and some of it is from the appendix.

1. A Strange Briefin

Seek for the Sword that was broken:
In Imladris it dwells;
There shall be counsels taken
Stronger than Morgul-spells.
There shall be shown a token
That Doom is near at hand,
For Isildur’s Bane shall waken,
And the Halfling forth shall stand.

Seek...Imladris...Doom...Bane...Halfling...the words echoed around in Faramir’s head. Waking with a start, his dream came back to him swirling in his head like angry bees. He shivered and sat at the edge of his bed thinking. This was the 2nd time the exact dream had come to him. What could that mean?

The time passed and he eventually fell asleep again. The dream from the previous evening left him restless the entire night. That morning, he was fatigued yet he did not tell anyone, not even his brother, about the strange dream. His father had given him a numerous amount of tasks to do unfortunately for him as his head was in a blur and it seemed that his father could never be satisfied with what his younger son did. Of course, his father scolded Faramir telling him that in everything he did, he would do it wrong. Faramir loved his brother Boromir dearly and he was not jealous of his brother getting all the praise from their father, but the words his father spoke to Faramir ever since Finduilas died had hurt him. Ever oft did he think “why could I not please father?”

Denethor handled state matters well, but when Finduilas died, his heart broke. His son, Faramir, was like unto himself except that he looked upon others with less scorn than his father. Many times did Faramir and Denethor dispute about various matters as they both studied lore. They were alike, but their opinions differed. Denethor’s relationship with Faramir had never been good since Finduilas died, but when Faramir had gotten older, he also became stubborn in a more subtle way, making their relationship even harder to become well. Boromir however, made Denethor proud. The people loved him much, and he had a brave heart and was confident. Denethor loved him very much, and perhaps too much that he became partial to him. Boromir often tried to make his father think better and more clearly of Faramir, yet that never happened.

Finduilas was often on Denethor’s mind. She died only 12 years after their marriage. Her death was too much for Denethor to bear. He sat in despair and thought for long periods of time in his tower. Eventually, his mind gave in to hopelessness and he imagined Mordor attacking Gondor and vanquishing all the free people of Middle Earth and with that, he began to seek knowledge by using the palantír. Stubborn and proud he was, trusting to his own strength to resist the dark power of Sauron. None of the stewards before him nor even the kings Eärnil and Eärnur dared to use it. This stone of Minas Tirith, the palantír of Anárion, was most in accordance with the one that Sauron himself had.

Denethor gained great knowledge, but acquired distrust of others who resisted Sauron save those who served himself. His aging came before a normal time from resisting Sauron’s will, but he could not fully resist it. His mind slowly became more and more slightly incoherent from trials at the palantír and he also ignored the counsel of Mithrandir, the gray pilgrim. Yet still he was a great leader in the city of Minas Tirith and many marveled at his wisdom.