Tolkien fact 4 – Samwise the Stouthearted

[Originally posted on March 6th, 2015]

Though he is a beloved character for many (and arguably the main character of the whole epic), Samwise Gamgee’s full story is not known to many. The movies do a fair amount of justice for the character as far as his involvement in the War of the Ring goes, but what happened to him after Frodo left Middle-earth? In the appendices to the book there is a timeline including significant events before, during, and after the War and what each character was doing at critical moments. Sam married Rosie Cotton and had THIRTEEN children. He served as the mayor of the Shire for 49 years and his family’s name (later changed to Gardner) would go down in hobbit history. After Rosie died, he passed his possessions (including the Red Book of Westmarch: the compilation of Bilbo’s and Frodo’s stories, which Tolkien later “translated” into The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings) to his eldest daughter, Elanor. He was then was allowed to make the passage out of the Grey Havens, over the sea, and follow Frodo to the Undying Lands. If you remember, he was, for a moment, a Ring-bearer while he thought Frodo was dead at Cirith Ungol; thus, he was granted this final voyage, along with the other Bearers (minus Gollum), into the West.

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