How should I begin to tell the story of my father? Why should I tell the story at all? Who are they to judge him? Have they ever shouldered a tenth of the burdens he had born for years? Can they ever know how it feels to be a lord of a decaying realm? No, I suppose they do not know, and will not know.
Why should they want to know of him? He was the Steward of Gondor, and in the end Gondor was delivered, is it not enough for them to remember him thus? He was the Steward of Gondor, and Gondor was saved, though not for him, and some said, not by him. Not by him! Not by him indeed! Do they think the Shadow appeared in a sudden on the day of the siege? Do they forget how the Shadow had always been a constant threat for years? Who had defended Gondor during those long, bitter years? Countless of soldiers and men, granted, but who had born the greatest burden, whose nights had been most sleepless? I know what I am speaking of, for I know him not only as my lord, but also as my father. Do they think that without his vigilance there will be a city left for the riders of the Mark, or the King, to succour?
When I say 'they' I am speaking of those young scholars (though in truth they do not deserve to be called scholar!) who in these recent years have with fervour written several accounts on the sixth-and-twenty Ruling Steward. Some of them were not even born when he departed, all of them were playing in their cot when he spent his sleepless nights planning the defence of Gondor. But they have written about him as if they knew him as well as they knew their bosom friend.
I am grateful that the people are more sensible than them. The people, they do not easily forget. Those who have lived in Denethor's days, they remembered the Lord of the City with gratitude. But I am worried for the younger generations. If the only accounts they have of him are those written by those self-appointed scholars, what are they to think of him?
What is more disgusting to me is that these scholars seem to generally agree that Denethor's greatest crime was his treatment of me. Since they claim that their accounts are historical accounts concerning the state of Gondor during the late Third Age, I cannot understand why they should be interested to record the Steward's relation with his sons. He was a capable Steward, why should they be interested on his capability as a father?
My relation with my father is not easy to describe. We often disagreed with each other, we had different views on many things. We did exchange some bitter words, but let the desperate situation at which those bitter words were uttered be remembered. He favoured Boromir more than me, was it a crime? I cherish spring more than autumn, does it mean I detest every day in that season? He favoured Boromir more, why should he not? They had an easier relationship, just as I too had an easier relationship with my brother and clearly favoured him more than I did my father. But that does not mean that he had been an unjust father. Boromir and I received the same treatment and breeding. My father and I, we had some good memories too.