My favourite LOTR character has been Aragorn ever since I was twelve and had a crush on him. I never thought that would change (and he’s still my favourite movie character), but I have a new favourite from the books.
They say practically-perfect characters are flat and boring and prissy and hateful, but not Faramir. He’s awesome. “Not if I found it by the wayside would I take it”, he says, and he actually has the strength of character to follow through. Peter Jackson thought it was inconsistent that Faramir could resist the Ring’s lure when no other human could (which I think is debatable in itself, but whatever), but that is the point of Faramir. He shows that humans are not completely weak and ignoble, but are capable of nobility and honour. If everyone caves under the Ring’s spell, if there’s no possibility of resisting evil, then what is the point of going on living?
Not that the only reason I love Faramir is because he illustrates an important point. He’s also gentle with Éowyn, helping her get over Aragorn without pushing himself on her. He’s patient with his cruel father. He follows even Denethor’s most unreasonable instructions, almost to a fault. I think he deserves credit. 🙂