Fellowship of the Ring: Samwise Gamgee

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 [10] 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.

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8 Responses to Fellowship of the Ring: Samwise Gamgee

  1. Moraiwë says:

    I have both backpacks on my cook/farmer on Crickhollow and keep switching between them, but this one just seems to fit Sam so well — an extra rope of sausages dangling in the breeze, just in case, and some carrots visible that quite possibly ended up getting fed to Bill the Pony!

  2. This is a really good Sam indeed. I laughed about your interpretation of the shapeless felt bag. Very well done!

    • Thanks Hymne! I love that funny old hat but I’m really itching for some new ones lately — I think it’s time for some new cosmetics!! 😀

      • I feel exactly the same way! I’m kinda bored with everything I have. I’ve even picked up some old world vendor items to do some retro outfitting, but I have a hard time getting excited. Everything I see gives me this been there done that feeling. 😦

  3. DarkJackal says:

    I believe Sam recently won a popularity contest on TheOneRing.net. The criteria for voting were all sorts of crazy, and mixed and matched movie, book, and cartoon forms, but so what, Sam, in whatever form, won it!
    Three cheers for Sam!

    • Yay, three cheers for Sam for sure! He’s an awesome hero.

      “Sam’s plain hobbit-face grew stern, almost grim, as the will hardened in him, and he felt through all his limbs a thrill, as if he was turning into some creature of stone and steel that neither despair nor weariness nor endless barren miles could subdue.”

      Love it! 😀

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