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The Window on the West
Chapter of The Two Towers
Number16
Synopsis
EventFrodo and Samwise gain Faramir's trust.
Date7 March 3019
LocationIthilien; Henneth Annûn
PerspectiveSamwise
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The Window on the West is the fifth chapter of the second book in The Two Towers.

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Sam fell asleep and awoke on 7 March to find Faramir interrogating Frodo. Faramir wanted to know why the Hobbits had originally set out from Rivendell, and under what circumstances had they parted with Boromir. Faramir knew of a prophecy that stated that a Halfling would arrive bearing something of great value, and he asked Frodo what this object was. Frodo answered only that he was on an errand to deliver the object elsewhere. Frodo made a great effort not to speak ill of Boromir, even though Boromir had tried to seize the Ring for himself. Faramir, knowing that Boromir was dead and attempting to trick Frodo, announced that Boromir would clear up everything when he arrived. Frodo, however, was unaware of Boromir's death. Faramir hinted that he suspected Frodo of betraying Boromir.

Faramir revealled to Frodo that Boromir was his brother. He asked Frodo whether he recalled any particular object Boromir possessed, and Frodo remembered Boromir’s Great Horn. Faramir recounted how once he had been staring at the sea, and either in a dream or in real life he had seen Boromir floating by on a boat, his horn broken. Faramir said he knew that Boromir was sailing to the land of the dead, and that he had been killed. Frodo said that it must have been a mere vision, as Boromir had undertaken to go home across the fields of Rohan, far from water. Faramir addressed the dead Boromir in deep grief, asking for answers to his questions about what happened to Boromir before death. Faramir knew that there had been some wrongdoing, but he no longer suspected Frodo.

Faramir announced to the Hobbits that he must take them back to Minas Tirith, the great city of Gondor. On the way, Faramir commended Frodo’s truthfulness, though fully aware that Frodo had withheld the fact that the hobbits did not like Boromir. Faramir tried again to extract information about the valuable object—which he knew only as Isildur’s Bane—that he knew Frodo was carrying. Faramir suspected that Isildur’s Bane had played a part in the death of Boromir, perhaps because it had caused contention among the men. Frodo answered that there had been no fighting in the ranks, and Faramir understood that the cause of the problem was Boromir alone.

When the woodlands began to grow thinner, Faramir ordered his men to blindfold Frodo and Sam so that they would not know the location of the hideout where they were headed. When the blindfolds were removed, the Hobbits saw the splendid Window of the Sunset, as Faramir called the waterfall-covered window of the cave in which they were hiding.

Faramir offered Frodo and Sam food and drink. While they ate, Faramir recounted the former glory of the kingdom of Gondor and its later slide into weakness as the kingdom offered land to the Rohirrim in exchange for military defense. As they talked, Sam accidentally blurted out the fact that Boromir had sought to get the Ring. Faramir was shocked that his brother had been guilty, but he appreciated Sam’s honesty, and affirmed that he had no interest in getting the Ring for himself. Frodo told Faramir of his own mission to throw the Ring into the Crack of Doom to destroy it. Faramir was astonished. Frodo, suddenly overcome with exhaustion, collapsed at the table. Faramir and Sam took Frodo to bed, where Sam expressed his new-found trust of Faramir.