The Fellowship of the Ring was the company chosen by Elrond Halfelven to protect and guide the Ring-bearer on his quest to destroy the One Ring in the fire of Mount Doom. The company was composed of nine, and all of the Free Peoples were represented: Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin for the Hobbits; Legolas for the Elves; Gimli for the Dwarves; Aragorn and Boromir for Men; and Gandalf.
The servant of Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee was a gardener by trade who came from a line of both gardeners and ropers. He had brown eyes, and was probably more darkly complected than the other three hobbits, who had significant Fallohide ancestry. Seen here, Sam is packing his equipment (and Mr Frodo’s) in preparation for the journey from Bag End to Buckland. Laden with pots and pans and other cooking supplies, he waves a final farewell to his old Gaffer at #3 Bagshot Row. Upon the departure from Hobbiton, Sam has on his head “a tall shapeless felt bag, which he called a hat” and a “heavy pack hoisted high on his shoulders”. He wears simply stitched breeches and a homespun shirt with a rough suede weskit (as the Gaffer would call it) trimmed with rabbit fur. (Later, upon the hobbits’ return to the Shire, Sam’s Gaffer would comment disapprovingly on Sam’s replacement of his weskit — his waistcoat — with ironmongery.)
Today’s outfit is the third in a collection based on the Fellowship of the Ring. Sam was unique among the fellowship for a number of reasons. He was the youngest, and unlike all the other members of the company, Sam was from a simple working-class background; nevertheless, he had been taught to read by Mr Bilbo, “meaning no harm” as Sam’s father pointed out. Sam was also the only member of the company other than Aragorn to have a romantic interest at the time of the quest: Rosie Cotton. Tolkien highlighted the importance of Sam and Rosie’s “rustic love” in one of his letters (to be contrasted and compared, I believe, to the courtly or “fairy-story” love of Arwen and Aragorn). In fact, Tolkien cited Sam as the “chief hero” of the tale. Indeed Sam exemplifies heroism born from obedience and devotion to his master, and these are all qualities over which the influence of the One Ring can have little power. Sam’s greatest strength, probably, was his ability to take heart in the face of hopelessness: “Being a cheerful hobbit, he had not needed hope, as long as despair could be postponed.” Hopelessness without despair, a quality that eluded figures much greater than Sam, for example Denethor of Gondor, will be the well of strength that Sam and his master Frodo must draw upon in the long days ahead.
- Head: Shabby Stocking Hat (quest reward — Yule festival  Self-sacrifice: Support the Poor), umber
- Back: Cook’s Trappings (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/cosmetic items), default
- Chest: Herdsman’s Waistcoat and Shirt (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/cosmetic clothing), default
- Legs: Rhedur-socas (looted — Rise of Isengard instance cluster), umber
- Weapon: Heavy Cast Iron Frying Pan (purchased — Mathom-house Mathom Society reputation vendor/Mathom Society reputation)
Tips: The Heavy Cast Iron Frying Pan can be purchased at the Mathom House once you have reached Ally standing with the Mathom Society. Rhedur-socas shares its appearance with several Dunland quest reward leggings. Finally, there is another cook-themed backpack, the Cook’s Pack, which is available from the LOTRO Store. Of course, just about any backpack would look great with this outfit as well and would be well-suited to Sam’s character.