“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
– J.R.R. Tokien (from The Two Towers, spoken by Faramir)
Faramir became one of my all-time favorite fictional characters the moment he entered this book. (If you’ve only seen the movies, you’ve only seen a pale shadow.) Faramir loves peace, he is principled and self-controlled, and he does what he has to do. I want to be like him.