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Give me a character and I will tell you...

* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon

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Tolkien's obviously fair game, as is Sherlock (BBC or Doyle), Star Trek, Harry Potter, Swordspoint (first book), Hunger Games, new Doctor Who, Avengers... pretty much anything you've seen me blather on about.

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marta_bee
Apr. 13th, 2014 05:46 pm (UTC)
Faramir
* How I feel about this character: Faramir has grown on me quite a bit over the years. On first reading (and even worse, first Jackson exposure) I found him dull and a bit moralising. But I think he's a bit subtler than that. He's intelligent and longs for peace, but he's also every inch Denethor's son and is aware of the need to balance contemplation with action.

* All the people I ship romantically with this character: Eowyn. I'm sure there were other people he was attracted to before that point, but for me the Faramir/Eowyn romance is so wonderfully iconic, I don't even want to imagine him with anyone else.

* My non-romantic OTP for this character: It's a close tie between Aragorn and Boromir, neatly divided by the fact that when one is on the scene the other by definition can't be. But I think the brotherly and pseudo-fatherly relationship I imagine between them respectively is a big part of what defines Faramir to my mind.

* My unpopular opinion about this character: He's almost certainly a bit racist. Not unreasonably so, given his historical situation, but I suspect he internalized a bit of his father's attitudes about people other than Gondorians. The way he talks about men of the twilight, and the way he doesn't really challenge Eowyn's statement that she's not worthy of him, that she'll be a social liability points to this at some level. I can't imagine him not having latent biases against the Haradrim, for instance, after what he saw in Ithilien before the War, and I've really enjoyed in my own fic trying to tease out just what that would look like.

* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon: I desperately wanted to see that moment with him and Froo sitting by the wall in the sun after the War, that he longs for in Henneth Annun. I've read fanfic versions, but I really wish Tolkien would have given us an official version of this.

* Something about them I consider true, even though it's only my head canon/fanon: He and Boromir spent their summers in Dol Amroth, partly because until Imrahil produced an heir there was the very real possibility that he and Boromir might one day be in line for the princeship. That's why he jokingly calls himself and Boromir princes of the city.
shirebound
Apr. 13th, 2014 05:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Faramir
I greatly enjoyed reading this, thank you! :)

I desperately wanted to see that moment with him and Froo sitting by the wall in the sun after the War, that he longs for in Henneth Annun.

Goodness, so did I. I'm one of the people who wrote about it in fanfic. There are so many scenes including Faramir that I longed to see on screen.
lindahoyland
Apr. 17th, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
Re: Faramir
You make some excellent points.
rakshathedemon
Apr. 17th, 2014 04:42 am (UTC)
Re: Faramir
Did you imagine the pseudo-fatherly relationship between Boromir and Faramir or Aragorn and Faramir - maybe I read the sentence incorrectly, but I couldn't tell. I've always envisioned a pseudo-fatherly relationship between Aragorn and Faramir, as well as trust and friendship.

I can definitely see Faramir as a bit racist as well, given his great pride in his Numenorean heritage and the fact that he's been at war with invading Haradrim for awhile. But I also think that his attitude would have changed a lot during/after the Ring War, after meeting the hobbits, realizing that it was not Numenorean blood and might but two Hobbits who defeated Sauron, and also falling in love with a lady who was part Rohir ('Middle Men'). Also, even in his long speech to the hobbits (in Ithilien) about the glorious Numenorean heritage of Gondor, Faramir specifically mentions the wisdom of Gondor's lords in their inclusion of the distinctly non-Numenorean fisher-people and other groups in Gondor's lands, and how those peoples contributed to Gondor's prosperity.

If you're exploring Avengers, what is your take on Hawkeye (the comics character was one of my favorites for many years, at least through the 90's)?

Edited at 2014-04-17 04:43 am (UTC)

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