‘Then I will declare my doom,’

said Faramir.

‘As for you, Frodo,

in so far as lies in me under higher authority,

I declare you free in the realm of Gondor

to the furthest of its ancient bounds;

save only that neither you nor any that go with you

have leave to come to this place unbidden.

This doom shall stand for a year and a day, and then cease,

unless you shall before that term come to Minas Tirith

and present yourself to the Lord and Steward of the City.

Then I will entreat him to confirm what I have done

and to make it lifelong.

In the meantime, whomsoever you take under your protection

shall be under my protection and under the shield of Gondor.

Are you answered?’