Not at all clear...See Quercus thread on Aragorn.
Originally posted by Elanor2
Well, Faramir probably would have resisted the Ring better than his proud brother, so he would not have tried to take it away from Frodo. Frodo would have no need to run away, and that would have made the parting of the fellowship harder, since Frodo would have gone back to his friends to explain his decision. Perhaps the splitting would have gone different then, with some more of them going with Frodo instead of only Sam. The potential combinations and their consequences then could make a good discusion.
Also, if Frodo does not run away, he might have been involved in the fight with the orcs and the consequences might have been catastrophic then...
Faramir would have behaved like to Boromir in the fighting scenes and similar, so there the difference is not so big. He might have discused less with Gandalf (he was better friend of his than his brother). He might have been more friendly with Aragorn, since he was less concerned with Aragorn potential claim (Faramir, after all, was only the second son, not the heir to be displaced). But perhaps not, being a prudent man, he might have realised the problems that Aragorn's claim could make.
Faramir would have certainly taken any warnings of Galadriel very seriously and with more respect than his brother, being more learned in elvish lore.
Just some ideas there...
I don't think if would've worked out as well if Boromir hadn't been tempted. There were a lot of orcs, and the whole party probably couldn've have gone without having someone die, and the first thing they went for were hobbits. Wait. I just had a thought. If they had taken all 4 hobbits instead of 2, they would've escaped, like Pippin and Merry originally did. Hmmmm...
_____________Originally posted by Kiwi
Perhaps Faramir would have remained honorable if he had come to face the ring of power...But what might have happened if Boromir had been left behind in Gondor?
I may be getting my wires crossed here as I don't have a copy of the book with me...but isn't it their father who had one of the seeing stones and was being slowly turned to the dark side by Sauron? (Or was that Eomer's senior?)
Boromir being as vulnerable as he was to the power of the ring and his lust for power and glory to be returned to Gondor, may have resulted in more damage had he not been sent forth to join the fellowship at Rivendell.
Forgive me if I have incorrectly recalled this relationship ... and seem to be talking out my #[email protected]