Gandalf and Denethor are both stewards, and Faramir becomes a steward upon his father’s death. It is a common Christian belief—that would have been familiar to Tolkien—that human beings are God’s stewards on earth, morally obligated to care for it and to enforce God’s “laws” until his return.

Describe the responsibilities and characteristics of the good steward. Use Denethor, Faramir, and Gandalf as your examples.