Wave Dream, Love for his country, thoughts on the realities of war
There are a few similarities between Tolkien and Faramir. Although, before we get onto that, I first want to talk about the character itself and what Tolkien thought of the character, at its early formation.
A new character has come on the scene (I am sure I did not invent him, I did not even want him though I like him, but there he came walking into the woods of Ithilien): Faramir, the brother of Boromir…
Tolkien clearly didn't intend to create the character and it only came to him as he was writing. This means Tolkien didn't plan for this character to be like himself.
Now onto their similarities. The most obvious is the Wave Dream. Faramir often had a dream of a Wave flooding over Gondor. This dream wasn't an invention of Tolkien but something he had indeed dreamt of himself.
I have what some might call and Atlantis complex… I mean the terrible recurrent dream (beginning with memory) of the Great Wave, towering up, and coming in ineluctably over the tress and green fields. (I bequeathed it to Faramir.)
Moving on from there we come to Faramir's love for his country.
In a speech by Faramir, he elaborates on his love for Gondor.
‘For myself,’ said Faramir, ‘I would see the White Tree in flower again in the courts of the kings, and the Silver Crown return, and Minas Tirith in peace: Minas Anor again as of old, full of light, high and fair, beautiful as a queen among other queens: not a mistress of many slaves, nay, not even a kind mistress of willing slaves. I love… the city of the Men of Númenor; and I would have her loved for her memory, her ancientry, her beauty, and her present wisdom. Not feared, save as men may fear the dignity of a man, old and wise.’
The Two Towers
This is similar to Tolkien's love for his country. Which is demonstrated in the entire initial conception of his works, as a connected legend to England before the realm was ever called Middle-earth. As Tolkien had originally intended for Middle-earth to be a Mythology for England.
Finally, in the above speech, following on from his love for Gondor, Faramir discusses the realities of war
War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory...
The Two Towers
Tolkien says something very in a Letter to his son in 1944
The utter stupid waste of war, not only material but moral and spiritual, is so staggering to those who have to endure it. And always was (despite the poets), and always will be (despite the propagandists)–not of course that it has not is and will be necessary to face it in an evil world
Tolkien not only gave Faramir the Wave Dream but at the same time gave him his same thoughts on war. This is re-iterated in a later letter to Christopher Tolkien where he says of Faramir that he had
some very sound reflections do doubt on martial glory and true glory
Another parallel between the two is for their attention to detail and the excessive depth they describe things in. This is mentioned in the same letter where the Professor tells Christopher of Faramir he talks about the length of history Faramir is discussing.
[Faramir] is holding up the ‘catastrophe’ by a lot of stuff about the history of Gondor and Rohan…but if he goes on much more a lot of him will have to be removed to the appendices.
For those of us familiar with Tolkien's works no various readers have complained about the depth of the descriptions Tolkien goes into and the amount of "unimportant" information that is included. Tolkien had the same complaint for Faramir as shown above.