Samwise "Sam" Gamgee

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2983 - sailed to Valinor 1482 S.R.

Article : Physical description of Sam, by Gwaihir-(Valar)
Article : Description of Sam's personality, by GWiZ.
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Description of Sam

by Gwaihir-(Valar)
April 22, 2002

From the Fellowship of the Ring:

P533 - Sam - "...and the River closed over his curly head."
            "Fear was staring in his round brown eyes."


by Nicki T. Hansen aka GWiZ
Nov. 24, 2002

    Sam assumes a role of enormous importance, being close companion and faithful servant of Frodo. The fact that he works as a gardener back in the Shire indicates Tolkien’s belief in good emanating from close contact with the soil. His sheer fear of travel into the unknown at first reveals him as very human. His name, Sam, is also the only “ordinary” and down-to-earth name in the entire book. This also gives him a human aspect. His devotion to Frodo grows tremendously throughout the story. He weeps when the Orc Chieftain (1) wounds Frodo (c. The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm). He springs to Frodo’s defence both literally and figuratively. It seems to the reader that he almost loses himself in his service and his mission. He is almost too “good” a servant. In the end of The Fellowship of The Ring he nearly drowns in his attempt to follow Frodo to the Mount of Doom rather than to let him go by himself.

1) In Peter Jackson’s movie the Orc Chieftain is replaced by a cave-troll.

Reference: The Fellowship of The Ring 

Images of Sam:

Image : "The Fallen Southron". Artist Ange-Katrin Eiszmann. Rolozo Tolkien page
Image : Sam and Shelob. Artist John Howe. Rolozo Tolkien page