Parallel Lives of Eomer and Faramir...
In mythology, the dioscouri are twin sons of a sky god. The are frequently
an east/ west or a morning/evening pair. Sometimes they are the morning
and the evening star- both of which are the planet venus - so basically
they are the two parallel sides of the same idea.
They exist in many cultures, but the one that is probably most familiar
is Greek mythologym where Castor and Pollux fill this slot, with the sun
and horses are their symbols.
Although Faramir and Eomer are not actual twins, they are a morning /
evening star pair with personal stories that mrror each other.
I noticed this time the Rohirrim, (covered in rising sun symbols, and
the very first allies of Aragorns dawning new day) circling around
to attack from the East. I know thats good battle strategy, but
it also reminded me that Faramir, wearing the white tree of the moon,
will salute the moon-dark on the top of Henneth Annún and stand
in the Window on the West.
is the moon land Faramir and Eomer are becoming quite entwined
for me this trip. I
realized that Faramir is the evening star and that Eomer is the morning
star, and though they are not twin suns here, I began to see all the parallels
in their lives.
I wrote: The culture of Rohan is all about morning, daybreak, beginnings
and rebirths. I just stood next to the Rohirric armor in Toronto, and
every symbol engraved on it (aside from the horses, part of the dioscouri
nature) carries this forward- rising suns, rebirth spirals, triskells
symbolizing both the sun and birth-death-rebirth. Gondor, on the other
hand is fading-
is long since we had any hope.... we are a failing people, a springless
the neighing of war horses, and the sudden singing of many men. The Suns
limb was lifted, an arc of fire, above the margin of the world. Then with
a great cry, the Riders charged from the east; the red light gleamed on
mail and spear.
The sunset gilded their spears and helmets, and glinted in their
pale flowing hair.
Our sun king, Aragorn, has the entire day and both ends of the spectrum
covered with these two fine allies
first encounter our fellowship companions, the Mark surrounds the travelers
in a circle (sun) and the rangers of Ithilien surround Frodo in
a semicircle (moon)
fight a battle and rout their enemies before they encounter the traveller
they will aid
Each of them knows they have been ordered not to allow any travelers in
the sacred lands- and each of them know their life will be forfeit if
they let the trespassers live. But they not only let them live, they give
aid - both recognize the sacred nature of the traveller they have encountered,
and they instinctively know this is the right thing to do.
Neither has been raised in the position of the heir- but both become the
heir when a death takes the first born out of the successionEach must
confront a grieving father figure- but Théodan gains new hope with
the rising sun, Denethor will give in to his despair.Eventually, Faramir
will pass through the fire like a phoenix and become a morning star. Faramir
and Aragorn will be a new rebirth for the old stagnant city and a new
age will dawn.