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Samwise Gamgee

Appears in:

Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, Return of the King

Other names

Sam, The gardener


Samwise Gamgee, more commonly known as Sam, was a hobbit. Sam's father, Hamfast Gamgee, worked as the gardener for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. This later became Sam's job as he took over from his ageing father. Sam usually referred to his father as his old gaffer. Sam loved gardens and took great delight in anything that grew from the earth. Despite his sensitive nature he certainly wasn't soft though and on occasions demonstrated an ability as a feirce warrior.

Sam travelled with Frodo as part of the Fellowship of the Ring and was Frodo's closest friend. He would have been about 35 years old at the time (which would be roughly the equivalent of a 23 year old human). Towards the end of the journey he was Frodo's only companion and showed a great loyalty to Frodo. He frequently risked his own life to protect Frodo and ensure the success of their mission to destroy the ring. At one stage, Sam himself carried and wore the ring so for a time, he was a ring bearer.

After returning home to the Shire, Sam married Rose Cotton and moved in to Bag End with Frodo. He used a gift he had earlier received from Galadriel, to help rejuvenate the shire after the destruction left by Saruman's half-orcs. When Frodo left Middle Earth, he left all of his possessions to Sam, including the Bilbo's book that contained the adventures of Bilbo and Frodo. Sam and Rose had 13 children and Sam served seven consecutive terms as the mayor of the Shire. King Ellesar of Gondor appointed him as a counsellor of the Northern Kingdom. After his wife Rose died, it is said that Sam departed Middle Earth over the sea as Bilbo and Frodo had done so many years before. He was the last of the ring bearers to leave Middle Earth.

Sean AstinThe character of Sam was played in the Peter Jackson film by Sean Astin.

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