Faramir was a Dúnadan of Gondor and the second son of Denethor II. Faramir was a gentle man, as well as a lover of lore and music. He also had his father's ability to read minds, though his brother lacked it. Faramir did not love battle and war in and of itself, but he was a great warrior, and was fearless. His soldiers truly loved him for his kindness, and for his sternness in times of dire need. His father liked him not, for he was a suppporter of Gandalf, but he always tried his best to fulfill his father's wishes.
Prior to the War of the Ring Faramir had been the Captain of the Rangers of Ithilien, and during the war he led the retreat from Osgiliath to Minas Tirith, though he was stricken ill by the Black Breath of the Ringwraith Lord, and was almost cremated by Denethor, his father. He was saved by Gandalf, and later healed from his swoon by Aragorn, at which point he met Éowyn, whom he later married. After the War of the Ring Faramir became the Lord of Ithilien.
By A.K. Eissmann.