Faramir's arm


lDetail of Faramir's arm

Faramir's clothes and armor were in the room that was the set of Osgiliath. I can't explain how amazing it was to stand there - it was past the recreation of the waterfall in Henneth Annun, and required walking through a passage under the broken bits of the city above. Osgiliath looms large in my personal mythology, and it rivaled the experience of standing in the Window on the West.

Chris and I kept whispering to each other - we should not be in Osgiliath - but Oh My God! We're in Osgiliath!

The first two days we were at the exhibit, Faramir's cloak was closed and there was no getting a good look at his gear. I was trying to peer through is cape to see the bracers, but all I could tell is that they were a dark green.

On the third day, Anrica - one of the lovely and friendly museum staffers I met - was teasing me in the Rohan room and said hadn't I seen enough. I burst out - "No! I haven't really seen Faramir's gear at all, it's all covered up." I explained about the cape being closed, and she said - "Don't people want to see that?"

"I certainly do!" I said - and she led me down the back way through the exhibit, got on the headset to annouce she was stepping into the display, and folded Faramir's cape back on the left side, and angled his gear a little better so I could see it over Frodo and Sam's clothing.

Thank You, Anrica! You made my trip unbelievably wonderful.



Lacing pattern for Faramir's leathers

four-lobed symbol on the leather bosses - not a cross -perhaps a flower? Not a very far stretch to see the simbelmynë petals here, but that is a really speculative ides.

Faramir unlaced


Faramir's quiver buckle

This is the buckle of Faramir's quiver- it seems very plain, but I soon figured out from the spacing of the marks that it represents the seven levels of the city, with the large expanse of the Pelennor at the front. The tongue of the buckle lies just where the shipwall should go.

The quivers themselves are only a hard, supporting leather about half way up - just a "cup" to hold the arrows. The soft material insert can be opened and pulled down to clear the arrows for use.



Faramir's belt buckle - white tree with no leaves, but the branches curl at the top and form a heart shape - love of Gondor evident in all things This is the aglet end of Faramir's belt - once again, it shows the white tree (third age - no leaves)
Faramir's belt buckle Faramir's aglet

Faramir's sword hilt
This etching appears on the boss of Faramir's sword, at the hilt. Two birds, each with an outstretched wing - I assume they are part of the seabird motif of Gondor, but Faramir's birds are black, (actually, they were a very very dark blue) SInce I think of him as The Raven of Ithilien, I was very moved. They are on both sides of the sword, I knelt and looked up inside the case to check (I cannot tell you how nice the poeple who worked at this exhibit were!)


Spearhead at Henneth Annun
  This is the head of a Gondorian spear - there was a row of them in the cave of Henneth Annun, The pattern on the spear head is raised instead of embossed this time, but once again it seems to represent the seven levels of the city and the shipwall that runs through it.  



2nd Age belt buckle  

This buckle was on a drowed Second Age Gondorian warrior - now the tree has leaves. There is another version of the tree that seems to be on the Guards uniforms - more stylized, very art deco - still showoing leaves, though.


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