The Last Son

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The Steward of Gondor

Faramir leaves Minas Tirith

(ROTK - Track 5)

The Sacrifice of Faramir

Faramir leaves Minas Tirith

(CR-ROTK Disc Two - Track 4)



Adapted by Philippa Boyens

Music by Howard Shore

Translated into Sindarin by David Salo

English text

by J.R.R. Tolkien

ROTK, Book 5, Chapter IV, The Siege of Gondor

The title, the English Original and the Sindarin Translation can be found on the ROTK Special Edition Soundtrack DVD and in the AS-ROTK.


Sung as Faramir leaves Minas Tirith at the bidding of his father in an attempt to retake Osgiliath.


Sung by The London Voices.


Original English


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Boe le henio You must understand.
E s car a thad yn He does the duty of two sons now.
Ane ah a phen For himself; and for the one
I athelitha. who will not return.

ROTK, Book 5, Chapter IV, The Siege of Gondor

Faramir, after having survived the assault on Osgiliath and the attack of the Nazgl on his retreating battalion, has left Minas Tirith once more.

'They give him no rest,' some murmured. 'The Lord drives his son too hard, and now he must do the duty of two, for himself and for the one that will not return.'