According to Tolkien, Faramir was “modest, fair-minded and scrupulously just, and very merciful”. He mentioned once that he did not invent Faramir, though he liked the character very much. As a soldier in World War I, Tolkien connected himself with Faramir, who only loved swords for “which they defend”. Among the characters, Tolkien wrote, As far as any character is ‘like me’, it is Faramir”.