Faramir becomes Steward to King Elessar
Event Type: Political
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: May 1, 3019
Faramir, son of Denethor II, 26th and last Ruling Steward of Gondor, relinquishes his office at the Coronation of King Elessar, and becomes Steward to the King instead:
Denethor... was followed by his second son Faramir, Lord of Emyn Arnen, Steward to King Elessar.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, Annals of the Kings and Rulers: The Realms in Exile
Faramir... succeeded by right on the death of his father, but in the same year surrendered rod and rule to the King Elessar, and so was the last Ruling Steward. He retained the title of Steward, and became Prince of the restored land of Ithilien....
The Peoples of Middle-Earth, HoME Vol 12, Part 1, Ch 7, The Heirs of Elendil: The Ruling Stewards of Gondor
Faramir met Aragorn in the midst of those there assembled, and he knelt, and said: 'The last Steward of Gondor begs leave to surrender his office.' And he held out a white rod; but Aragorn took the rod and gave it back, saying: 'That office is not ended, and it shall be thine and thy heirs' as long as my line shall last. Do now thy office!'
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 5, The Steward and the King
Aragorn re-established the Great Council of Gondor, and in that Faramir, who remained by inheritance the Steward (or representative of the King during his absence abroad, or sickness, or between his death and the accession of his heir) would [be] the chief counsellor.
The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien, Edited by Humphrey Carpenter, Letter 244 to a reader of The Lord of the Rings, circa 1963
Elena Tiriel 9Sep09