The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards

reaching hands

You took the chance.

Sam hesitated for a moment, then bowing very low: “Good night, captain, my lord,” he said. “You took the chance, sir.”

“Did I so?” said Faramir.

“Yes sir, and showed your quality: the very highest.”

Faramir smiled. “A pert servant, Master Samwise. But nay: the praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards. Yet there was naught in this to praise. I had no lure or desire to do other than I have done.”

by J. R. R. Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973)
from The Two Towers
chapter: The Window on the West
image – woodley wonderworks

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2 Responses to “The praise of the praiseworthy is above all rewards”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:


    Thank you for a good post…

  2. Brewgyver Says:

    I loved Faramir’s character in the book, and really disliked the “twist” that Jackson, et al, put into the script for the movie. Faramir was the one that wasn’t like his father, that didn’t suffer the weakness of his “stronger” brother, Boromir