Characteristic

The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have been just landed in them, usually – their paths were laid that way, as you put it. But I expect they had lots of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn’t."


Sam was a Shire hobbit, who lived in Bagshot Row, Hobbiton, just next to Frodo Baggins. He was, just as his father, a gardener of Bagginses and he cherished Frodo above all hobbits in Hobbiton.

When Frodo was witnessing the Ring for the first time, Sam eavesdropoped his and Gandalf's conversation and as a "punishment", Gandalf ordered him to go with Frodo on the dangerous mission, which Sam agreed to willingly.

During first part of the journey until Bree, Sam was rather a shade of other hobbits. Merry was the one that led them all, Frodo was distanced and Sam... Sam simply watched everything carefully.

Sam showed how much Frodo means to him by the Falls of Rauros, where he followed his friend alone, to throw the One in fires of Mount Doom. Since then, when he and Frodo were most exposed on attacks and not guarded by Aragorn or Gandalf, Sam showed a side of protector, guardian and simple but brave soul who kept Frodo out of danger. When Gollum joined the small party, Sam was distrutful and hated the creature since first meet. He was after all right. Gollum maybe led them to Mordor, but betrayed by Faramir, he lost his good side and allowed Shelob to almost kill Baggins.

Sam was the one who saved Frodo both from Shelob and later orcs. And when the Mount Doom was so close, like a throw of a frying pan away, Sam helped Frodo to carry the Ring to Orodruin and when Frodo was charmed by the One's power, it was Sam, who tried to talk to his common sense.

When Sam returned Shire after War of the Ring, he took part on famous battle of Hobbiton against Saruman and Grima. He married Rose Cotton and had thirteen children with her.

When his time came, he followed Frodo to Undying Lands, sailing from Grey Havens.

Sam was round hobbit, who had affinity for food, especially potatoes. He tried to make Gollum like them, instead of raw fish, no avail. He carried the cutlery and pots through all journey, which proved many times to be useful.

He was extremely humble yet at the same couragous, which made Frodo, rather by joke, call him Samwise the Brave. It was snatched by the LotR fandom willingly, in the times of budding popularity of the movies, it was common phrase to describe Sam.

He was distrustful though to all things new. He never trusted Faramir and Boromir, and was openly hostile to Gollum. In last two cases, it was more than right, Gollum after all led them to death and Boromir tried to steal the Ring.