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Samwise Gamgee (T.A. 2983-F.A. 62; S.R. 1383-1482), a fictional character featured in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy world Middle-earth, is Frodo Baggins' servant who proves to be the most loyal of the Fellowship of the Ring. A gardener by trade, Sam seems to be a simple Hobbit of plain speech. However, his love for Elves, his gift for poetry, and his belief that the world contains greater wonders than most hobbits are aware of (all nurtured by his tutor Bilbo Baggins) set him apart from the beginning. It is Sam who first introduces the theme of the Elves' sailing from Middle-earth, a subtle foreshadowing of Bilbo and Frodo's final journey across the Sea. He lives with his father, Hamfast Gamgee, known as "The Gaffer", on Bagshot Row in the Shire, close to Bag End. Sam's mother is Bell Goodchild; he has five siblings: Hamson, Halfred, Daisy, May, and Marigold. The Third Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The Fourth Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The Shire Calendar was a calendar used in J.R.R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth by the Hobbits of Shire. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916. ... Fantasy is a genre of art, literature, film, television, and music that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of either plot, theme, setting, or all three. ... A map of the Northwestern part of Middle-earth at the end of the Third Age, courtesy of the Encyclopedia of Arda. ... Frodo Baggins is the main character of J. R. R. Tolkiens monumental and mythological novel, The Lord of the Rings. ... Spoiler warning: The Fellowship of the Ring, as described in the first volume of The Lord of the Rings, which bears the same name, is a union of 9 representatives from each of the free peoples in Middle-earth, the number chosen to match the 9 Ringwraiths. ... Hobbits are a race from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth universe which first appears in the book The Hobbit. ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Bilbo Baggins is the central character of J. R. R. Tolkiens novel The Hobbit, and a minor character in its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, which is composed of the volumes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. ... This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Hamfast The Gaffer Gamgee is a fictional character in The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... In J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle_earth legendarium, the Shire is subdivided into several regions. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional realm of Middle-earth, the Shire is the region that is occupied by Hobbits. ... Bag End, as it is represented in a Lord of the Rings computer game. ...

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Character

Character from The Lord of the Rings


Sean Astin portrays Samwise Gamgee in

Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films. Cover design for the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien Dust jacket of the 1968 UK edition The One Ring, as envisaged by Gerald Stiehler The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy saga by British author J. R. R. Tolkien, his magnum opus... Sean Astin potrays as samwise gangee File links The following pages link to this file: Sam Gamgee Categories: Images with unknown source ... Sean Astin with his wife Christine and his oldest daughter Alexandra in Wellington (New Zealand) for the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971 in Santa Monica, California) is a film actor, director, and producer. ... Peter Jackson in New York (USA), at the premiere of King Kong, December 5, 2005 Peter Jackson is also a brand of cigarettes owned by Imperial Tobacco and a mens clothing store that sells suits in Australia. ... The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring movie poster (2001) The Lord of the Rings film trilogy consists of three live action films, directed by Peter Jackson. ...

Name Samwise Gamgee
Other names Sam
Title Mayor of The Shire
Race Hobbit
Culture Hobbit, Shire-hobbit
Gender male
Realm
 
Eriador
 (The Shire),(Hobbiton)
Life span April 6, 2983 T.A. - ?
Weapon Barrow blade, also wields Sting

As "punishment" for eavesdropping on Gandalf's conversation with Frodo regarding the dangers of the One Ring, Sam is made Frodo's first companion on his journey to Rivendell in the beginning of The Lord of the Rings. Sam saves Frodo's life more than once during the quest to destroy the Ring, and he accompanies him all the way to Mount Doom. A name is a label for a thing, person, place, product (as in a brand name) and even an idea or concept, normally used to distinguish one from another. ... A title is a prefix or suffix added to a persons name to signify either veneration, an official position or a professional or academic qualification. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional realm of Middle-earth, the Shire is the region that is occupied by Hobbits. ... Fantasy fiction tends to draw upon a common set of creatures that are easily recognizable to fans of the fantastic genre and have some pre-determined traits. ... Hobbits are a race from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth universe which first appears in the book The Hobbit. ... The word culture, from the Latin colere, with its root meaning to cultivate, generally refers to patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activity significance. ... Hobbits are a race from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth universe which first appears in the book The Hobbit. ... In a variety of different contexts, gender refers to the masculinity or femininity of words, persons, characteristics, or non-human organisms. ... Male symbol Male is the sex of an organism, or a part of an organism, which produces sperm. ... Look up Realm on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Realm is an old term still used as an alternative word for kingdom. ... Eriador is a large region in J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional world of Middle-earth. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional realm of Middle-earth, the Shire is the region that is occupied by Hobbits. ... In J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Shire is subdivided into several regions. ... Life span is one of the most important parameters of any living organism. ... Look up April in Wiktionary, the free dictionary April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... The Third Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The bayonet, still used in war as both knife and spearpoint. ... An artifact from J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy universe of Middle-earth, Sting was an Elvish knife made in Gondolin in the First Age. ... Gandalf is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe, Middle-earth. ... Frodo Baggins is the main character of J. R. R. Tolkiens monumental and mythological novel, The Lord of the Rings. ... The One Ring, also known as the Ruling Ring or the Great Ring of Power, is an artifact from J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth universe. ... Rivendell from Fellowship of the Ring Rivendell (Sindarin: Imladris) is an Elven outpost in Middle-earth, a fictional realm created by J. R. R. Tolkien. ... Cover design for the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien Dust jacket of the 1968 UK edition The One Ring, as envisaged by Gerald Stiehler The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy saga by British author J. R. R. Tolkien, his magnum opus... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Mount Doom, or Orodruin, is a volcano in Mordor where the One Ring was forged in the Crack of Doom, a fiery chasm within the mountain. ...


After Shelob attacks and seemingly kills Frodo, Sam takes the Ring, intending to complete the quest. Because he holds the Ring for a time, he is considered one of the Ring Bearers. Shelob is a character from J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth. ... In The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien, Frodo Baggins is appointed to be the Ring-bearer by the Council of Elrond in Rivendell. ...


After the War of the Ring, he marries Rose "Rosie" Cotton back in the Shire. They have thirteen children: Elanor the Fair, Frodo, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Goldilocks, Hamfast, Daisy, Primrose, Bilbo, Ruby, Robin, and Tolman. After Will Whitfoot resigns his post as Mayor of Michel Delving (the largest town in the Shire and the "unofficial capital"), in F.A. 7 or S.R. 1427, Sam is elected Mayor of the Shire for the first of seven consecutive 7-year terms. Hobbits are a fictional race in J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth books. ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional realm of Middle-earth, the Shire is the region that is occupied by Hobbits. ... Elanor Gamgee, also known as Elanor the Fair, is a character in J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth legendarium. ... Will Whitfoot is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. ... In J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Shire is subdivided into several regions. ... The Fourth Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The Shire Calendar was a calendar used in J.R.R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth by the Hobbits of Shire. ...


After his wife dies in the year 62 of the Fourth Age (Shire Reckoning 1482), Sam entrusts the Red Book to Elanor and leaves Middle-earth to sail across the Sea and be reunited with Frodo in the Undying Lands, though they would eventually die a mortal death. The Fourth Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... The Shire Calendar was a calendar used in J.R.R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth by the Hobbits of Shire. ... Within the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, the Red Book of Westmarch (sometimes Red Book of the Periannath) is the book in which the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were written. ... In the fictional writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Undying Lands are a realm inhabited by immortal beings. ...


Name

Tolkien took the name from a colloquial word in Birmingham for cotton wool. This was in turn derived from Gamgee Tissue, a surgical dressing invented by a 19th century Birmingham surgeon named Joseph Sampson Gamgee. Tolkien originally used it as a nickname for a man living in Lamorna Cove, England before adapting it into his stories: Gamgee Tissue is a surgical dressing invented by Dr. Joseph Sampson Gamgee in Birmingham, England, in 1880. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... The city from above Centenary Square. ... Dr Joseph Sampson Gamgee (born 17 April 1828, Livorno, Italy; died 18 September 1886) was a surgeon at the Queens Hospital (later the General Hospital) in Birmingham, England. ... Categories: UK geography stubs | Towns in Cornwall ...

"There was a curious local character, an old man who used to go about swapping gossip and weather-wisdom and such like. To amuse my children I named him Gaffer Gamgee... The choice of Gamgee was primarily directed by alliteration; but I did not invent it. It was caught out of childhood memory, as a comic word or name. It was in fact the name when I was small (in Birmingham) for 'cotton-wool'. (Hence the association of the Gamgees with the Cottons.) I knew nothing of its origin." (The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien #257, ed. Humphrey Carpenter) The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien (ISBN 0-618-05699-8) is a selection of J. R. R. Tolkiens letters published in 1981, edited by his son Christopher Tolkien and the biographer Humphrey Carpenter. ...

Tolkien claimed to be genuinely surprised when, in March 1956, he received a letter from one Sam Gamgee, who had heard that his name was in The Lord of the Rings but had not read the book. Tolkien replied on March 18: 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 18 is the 77th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (78th in leap years). ...

"Dear Mr. Gamgee,

It was very kind of you to write. You can imagine my astonishment when I saw your signature! I can only say, for your comfort, I hope, that the 'Sam Gamgee' of my story is a most heroic character, now widely beloved by many readers, even though his origins are rustic. So that perhaps you will not be displeased at the coincidence of the name of this imaginary character of supposedly many centuries ago being the same as yours." (The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Humphrey Carpenter)

He proceeded to send Mr Gamgee a signed copy of all three volumes of the book. However, the incident sparked a nagging worry in Tolkien's mind, as he recorded in his journal:

"For some time I lived in fear of receiving a letter signed 'S. Gollum'. That would have been more difficult to deal with." (Tolkien: A Biography, Humphrey Carpenter)

After publication of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien traced the origin of the name back to Dr. Gamgee and eventually to the earlier English surname 'de Gamaches'.


In the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, it is mentioned that the Westron form of Sam's name is Banazîr Galbasi (also spelled Galpsi). Banazîr comes from elements meaning "halfwise" or "simple". Galbasi comes from the name of the village Galabas. The name Galabas uses the elements galab-, meaning "game", and bas-, corresponding somewhat to "-wich" or "-wick". Tolkien's English translation, Samwís Gamwich, could have come to Samwise Gamgee in modern English. In J. R. R. Tolkiens fantasy world of Middle-earth, the Westron or Common Speech is the closest thing to a universal language, at least at the time during which The Lord of the Rings is set. ...


Portrayal in adaptations

In Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated version of The Lord of the Rings, Sam was voiced by Michael Scholes. Billy Barty was the model for Sam, as well as Frodo and Bilbo, in the live-action recordings Bakshi used for rotoscoping. In the 1980 animated version of The Return of the King, made for television, the character was voiced by Roddy McDowall. Ralph Bakshi is a director of animation and occasionally live-action films. ... See also: 1977 in film 1978 1979 in film 1970s in film years in film film Events February 1 - Bob Dylans film Renaldo and Clara, a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour premieres in Los Angeles, California March 1 - Charlie Chaplins coffin is stolen from a Swiss... J.R.R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings is the title of an animated film produced and directed by Ralph Bakshi, and released to theaters in 1978. ... Billy Barty (born William John Bertanzetti) (October 25, 1924–December 23, 2000) was an American film actor. ... Rotoscoping is a technique where animators trace live action movement, frame by frame, for use in animated cartoons. ... See also: 1979 in film 1980 1981 in film 1970s in film 1980s in film years in film film // Events April 30 - The Roger Daltrey film, McVicar, opens in London. ... DVD cover The Return of the King is an animated adaptation of the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien which was released by Rankin/Bass as a TV special in 1980. ... Roddy McDowall as a child actor. ...


In the 1981 BBC radio serial of The Lord of the Rings, Sam was played by William Nighy. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Corporate logo of the British Broadcasting Corporation The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the national public service broadcaster of the United Kingdom (see British television). ... In 1981 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a dramatisation of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings in 26 half-hour stereo instalments. ... Bill Nighy (born December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey) is a British actor. ...


In the Peter Jackson movies The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Sam was played by Sean Astin. It is not clear whether Astin had heard Nighy's radio performance, but both actors bring very similar characterisations and accents to the role. Peter Jackson in New York (USA), at the premiere of King Kong, December 5, 2005 Peter Jackson is also a brand of cigarettes owned by Imperial Tobacco and a mens clothing store that sells suits in Australia. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2003. ... Sean Astin with his wife Christine and his oldest daughter Alexandra in Wellington (New Zealand) for the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Sean Astin (born February 25, 1971 in Santa Monica, California) is a film actor, director, and producer. ...


Commentary

Sam Gamgee is by many regarded as the "true hero" of Tolkien's story. Tolkien himself expressed this view in one of his letters: Sam is referred to as the "chief hero", and special emphasis is placed on Sam's "rustic love" for Rosie. [1] The quest to destroy the Ring only succeeds because of Sam, who repeatedly saves Frodo from disaster (such as rescuing him at Cirith Ungol and carrying him up Mount Doom). He was one of two Ringbearers strong enough to surrender the Ring voluntarily. For the US heavy metal band, see Cirith Ungol (band). ... In J. R. R. Tolkiens fictional universe of Middle-earth, Mount Doom, or Orodruin, is a volcano in Mordor where the One Ring was forged in the Crack of Doom, a fiery chasm within the mountain. ...


The relationship between Frodo and Sam is, in many respects, at the centre of The Lord of the Rings. To the modern reader, it seems archaic - it is clearly extremely class-oriented. Sam's humbleness and "plain speaking" is frequently emphasised in contrast to Frodo's "gentility", and he often shows deference to Frodo, calling him "Mister Frodo". At the same time, a strong bond of love and trust grows between them, portrayed most poignantly during the events of Cirith Ungol, where Sam vows to return to his (apparently) dead master, to be reunited with Frodo in death.


Tolkienologists regard Sam as Frodo's batman. In the British Army, a batman was an orderly who acted as the personal servant of an officer. It was a role with which Tolkien (who served as an Army officer in the First World War) would have been extremely familiar. Sam undertakes all of the typical roles of a batman - he runs errands for Frodo, he cooks, he transports him (or at least carries him) and he carries his luggage. Tolkien confirmed this interpretation when he wrote in a private letter that: The works of J. R. R. Tolkien have generated a body of academic research, studying different facets such as Tolkien as a writer of fantasy literature Tolkiens invented languages As A Writer Splintered Light: Logos And Language In Tolkiens World Verlyn Flieger (1st Edition 1983, Revised Edition 2002... A batman is a soldier assigned to a commissioned officer as a personal servant. ... The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... Clockwise from top: Trenches in frontline, a British Mark I Tank crossing a trench, the Royal Navy battleship HMS Irresistible sinking after striking a mine at the battle of the Dardanelles, a Vickers machine gun crew with gas masks and a Sopwith Camel biplane. ...

"My Sam Gamgee is indeed a reflexion of the English soldier, of the privates and batmen I knew in the 1914 war, and recognized as so far superior to myself" (The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Humphrey Carpenter).

Compare to the relation between Don Quixote and his squire Sancho Panza, and the gradual "Quixotization" of Sancho. Don Quixote de la Mancha (spelled Don Quijote in modern Spanish) (IPA: ) is a novel by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Preceded by:
Will Witfoot
Mayor of Michel Delving
1427 SR – 1476 SR
Succeeded by:
Unknown
Preceded by:
Frodo Baggins
Bearer of the Great Ring
3019 Third Age
Succeeded by:
Frodo Baggins

In J.R.R. Tolkiens Middle-earth legendarium, the Shire is subdivided into several regions. ... The Shire Calendar was a calendar used in J.R.R. Tolkiens fictional Middle-earth by the Hobbits of Shire. ... Frodo Baggins is the main character of J. R. R. Tolkiens monumental and mythological novel, The Lord of the Rings. ... The Third Age is a fictional time period from J. R. R. Tolkiens universe of Middle-earth. ... Frodo Baggins is the main character of J. R. R. Tolkiens monumental and mythological novel, The Lord of the Rings. ...

References

  1. ^  In the long summary-letter sent to Milton Waldman, published in the Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien as #131.
The Fellowship of the Ring
Frodo · Sam · Merry · Pippin · Gandalf · Aragorn · Legolas · Gimli · Boromir

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